Quest 2 Safe Searching
Congratulations on your successful completion of Quest 1.
You have just learned how to do a search in mel.org and now you are going to learn how to gather information using a search engine.
After completing this Quest you will know how to filter your results and find the most relevant information.
Search strategies: the best method used to find relevant information
Filter: using different strategies to narrow down a search
1. Visit KidzSearch. If you have younger brothers, sisters or relatives, you may want to show it to their parents or guardians. This page can be set as the home page (the one that always opens first when they open a browser) to help keep their searching safe! Click here for a short video on how to use KidzSearch.
In Quest 1 you found some historical facts using the mel.org databases. Now, use the KidzSearch Engine to search for a couple of other interesting facts about the delegates and the U.S. Constitution.
Ask if you can work with a partner to find out why:
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams didn't sign it.
Why some of the others refused to sign.
Bonus challenge questions:
Which state's name was misspelled in the signature area of the U.S. Constitution?
Who was the oldest person to sign the U.S. Constitution?
Who was the considered the Expounder of the U.S. Constitution?
Who actually hand wrote the U.S. Constitution?
Now that you have warmed up your search engine, see how you do on the questions below. Ask if you can work with a partner.
Using KidzSearch to answer the questions below.
- What year was the first coin operated pinball machine invented?
- What was the name of this first coin operated pinball invention?
- When was the first electronic pinball machine released?
- What was the first electronic pinball machine named?
- What was the name of the first video arcade game machine?
- Do you agree with the answers the rest of your class picked?
Narrowing Down the Search
Search for information about a sponge for a science report using KidzSearch. Our challenge is to narrow down the search to the fewest results and also the most accurate and helpful ones. We will use combinations of words, the + symbol with a word, and "quotation marks" when there is more than one word.
Search Strategies tried out
Search #1: sponge
Search #2: sponge animal
Search #3: sponge +ocean
Search #4: sponge +animal
Search #5: sponge +"ocean animal"
Which of the search strategies above do you think had:
the largest number of results
the smallest number of results
the best results for writing the report
Google Features User
You have already seen that KidzSearch has many special features to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. You can find a definition of a word, track a flight, find your favorite sport team's scores and solve math problems. Can you become an expert Google Features user? Complete the following document and save it in your File Space. You may find the Additional Resources helpful in completing it.
Completing this Quest
To move onto the next Quest, you must be able to:
- Know how to use KidzSearch for safe searching
- Use some of the search strategies introduced
- Use the Google Features in Google.com
1. Do you want to go an extra step for mankind and learn how to use Google Scholar? It is a library of millions of books and other materials digitized for easy reading and searching.
Watch the video below to learn more about Google Scholar.
2. Do you want to learn more about searching safely in Google to research military, government, and education-related websites? Watch the video below on safe searching.
Check off this Quest on the 21t4s Roadmap
Proceed to Quest Three
ISTE and Common Core Standards
1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies
5. Computational Thinker
b. collect data or identify relevant data sets
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation