Learn How to Use the Internet
Searching the Internet
1. Internet Guides from the Teaching Library at the University of California at Berkeley has an online tutorial on searching and top recommended search tools.
2. Search Engine Watch has everything you ever wanted to know about search engines.
3. Directories, Search Engines and Invisible Web
WebFerret is free software that you download and use on your computer.
The Basics of Searching on Google
Be selective with Keywords.
Use and to narrow your search, or to widen it.
Use "Quotation Marks" to find specific phrases.
Google is not case-sensitive, but other search engines may be. Check to make sure you are following their protocol.
Google Advanced Search Tips:
use Boolean operators, such as AND (+), OR, and AND NOT(-). There must be a space before these. More complicated phrases can be formed with parentheses, such as dogs AND (Eskimos OR Terriers).
Websites for Teachers
The ICEberg by Illinois Computing Educators, provides resources for teachers who want to learn more about technology.
ISTE has a wide variety of resources for teachers, especially standards for technology use by students, teachers and administrators.
Kathy Schrock has been an outstanding resource for a decade.
PBS for Teachers has lesson plans and educational activities related to their TV shows.
The Children's Literature Web Guide has resources for literacy.
EdWeb has resources for integrating technology into the curriculum.
Top Educational Resources on the Web.
I Love That Teaching Idea!
Teachers.net has lots of ideas for lessons, in addition to chat rooms and discussion groups.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) has a newsletter you can receive by email.
Teachnet has lesson plans as well.
Microsoft has an education page.
Don't forget Scholastic.
Enchanted Learning is full of good early learning experiences.
Lesson Plans Page
Educator's Reference Desk took responsibility for ERIC, which was discontinued during the Bush Administration. ERIC is functional now.
Houghton Mifflin Education Place
The Collaboratory helps classrooms around the world work together.
The WebQuest Page will amaze you.
Jim Levin of UIUC has been studying Internet projects for over a decade.
ThinkQuest has some of the best websites available made by students and teachers.
last updated 10/9/2014
original document 2001