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Case Study - teaching how search engines work with primary children

This resources shows children learning about how search technologies work in a real primary setting.

Peter Gaynord

Created by Peter Gaynord
last edited Feb 22 2014 by Peter Gaynord


The primary computing curriculum has the following statement in it:

use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content

This resource has example video, lesson plans, labels for laminating and IWB notebook files for primary teachers to use in their own classrooms.

It focuses on giving the children an understanding of what the internet is and then teaches them how search engines work using an unplugged and kinaesthetic approach. The final session where we modeled the operation of a search engine is featured in the video.

I hope you find what I did with my Year 3 class useful.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 3 or 4 sessions/lessons

Teaches: search technologies

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