Resource: Introducing iGoogle


Introduction:
It is important to give students time to explore in the computer lab. It gets them excited about learning and about using Google as a resource for information. One of the most exciting ways to get them involved.

Objectives:
1. Get students excited about searching on the web
2. Teach search skills
3. Teach students about gadgets on their homepage to help them stay informed

Materials:
Internet connection
Computer
Projector

Activities:
1. Tell students to go to Google.
2. Have them sign up for a Google Account (means registering their email address) if they don't have a Gmail account
3. Ask them to go to iGoogle. 
4. When they are on the iGoogle page, have them look at the top of the page on the right side and they will see 'Add Stuff'
5 This 'stuff' is gadgets---thousands of them that help students stay informed. 
6. Suggest to students that they have two communication gadgets and two news gadgets. They can pick other gadgets of their own.
7. The advantage of having these news gadgets is that you can ask students to stay informed by looking at their homepage on the daily basis

Homework:
1. Have students check their homepage and then share information that they learned from the sites they chose. Have students do this on a regular basis.

Assessment Questions:
1. What was the biggest news story of the day?
2. What the the most popular blogging site on the web?
3. What did you learn today from your homepage?

Connections to Standards:
National Core Standards # 8

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.



Teacher Notes:
You will find that students get very involved in learning using iGoogle. You might want to put them in groups depending on their interests and have them share what they learned. This activity promotes independence of learning

Time needed to teach:
2-3 Sessions

Tags:
Web search
Evaluating credibility, bias
Web Tools
Reading Activity