Technology allows one to create and share in ways that once, only existed in theory. And while many blog posts focus on creation in a technology-rich educational environment; computing devices also offer a variety of tips, tricks, and best practices to help our students improve their digital literacy skills. The average student spends much more time searching the internet for information than they do the stacks in the local library; because of this, it is essential to model and scaffold the search-savvy methods. By doing this, we, as educators, help diminish the misinformation consumed by our students; instead creating independent, discerners of information, able to locate reliable and relevant information.
Most recently, at Googlefest in Montana, I shared a plethora of digital tools (Slides found here) to aid in formative assessment; including 3 Google Games that are engaging, relevant, and provide practice for students to hone digital literacy skills.
A Google A Day – Improve student searches by having them solve “A Google a Day”. Students Google their way through the internet in search of the answer to a new question posted daily. (Check out the “Tips and Tricks” tab, full of useful searching terms everyone should know).
Smarty Pins – A Google Maps trivia game. Select one of six topics, anything from “Sports and Games” to “History and Current Events”. When you start the game, a trivia questions pops up, along with a “hint” button for extra help, and a “pin” to drop on the Google Map to signify your guess.
Google Feud – This fun, but surprisingly difficult game has students guessing the top “searches” that are used in their search engine when Googling. A lively discussion on algorithms, trends, or simply “Why” would ensue.