Accessing and Analyzing Information has unlimited possibilities now that the Internet is such a huge part of our lives. Students need to be able to use a critical lens when accessing and analyzing information.

Tools such as Google, Yahoo, Bing are search tools. There are numerous ways to use these tools effectively.

For example Google:

Google Wonder Wheel - located at the left hand side (may be hidden in more search tools), wonder wheel takes a topic, creates a hierarchy, boils down search information so that students can be more informed about their search.

Google Timeline - located at the left hand side of the google search, allows for a timeline of importance and dates of the article to be viewable.

Google News Timeline - plug in a date, have relevant information at their fingertips. Dates as far back as 1200AD can be viewed. Resources are pulled from Wikipedia, Time Magazine, etc.

Other online resources such as Wikipedia are sometimes demonized. However these resources are constantly updated, researched, adapted. It is said that Wikipedia is just as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica. (source: Nature Magazine, 2005)

Using Wikipedia is a great way to find out information. It is also a great way to instill in students to vary resources, compare and contrast resources, use a critical lens when digesting information.
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