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By: Sarah Layton on April 19th, 2013

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Lesson Plans for Web Research Skills: Part I

Computer Applications | Web Research

Are your students well-prepared to hunt and gather information from online sources?

How are their web research skills?

Word is, they aren't that great. How can you help? Include some lesson plans for web research skills in your courses.

Whether your teaching health science, marketing, or really anything under the sun, your students need to be able effectively and successfully seek, find, and evaluate data from online sources. Here I'll share some of our actual content from our Web Research module that you can include in your lesson plans for web research skills.

Part I: Seek It

Using the Web for Research

Before students (or anyone) can be successful doing web research, it is important to know a little bit of background about the Internet and the World Wide Web.

In the first unit of our Web Research module, students learn what they are.

They should understand the difference between the two. Put simply, the Internet is a network of computers, while the World Wide Web is an application that uses the Internet to share information.

lesson plans for web research skills

Understanding URLs

At this point, students still aren't quite ready to jump in. First, help them understand what a URL is.

Let them know that it is a Uniform Resource Locator, and that it is the page address that they'll find in the long bar at the top of their Web browsers.

lesson plans for web research skills

And prepare them to recognize the different types of Web sites they'll encounter, such as .com for commercial, .org for general noncommercial organization, and .net for computer network.

lesson plans for web research skillsThis is a great start towards helping your students learn how to responsibly and effectively perform web research.

You can interject some of this content into your lesson plans for web research skills. Part II will focus on how to find information.

Start Teaching Web Research

Do you want to teach web research skills to your students? 

All you need is the right lesson! 

Check out this free PowerPoint and show your students the basics today! 

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About Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.