At least three years ago I wrote online that, in addition to Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, students should be taught basic search syntax so they could know how to exclude frustrating garbage and irrelevant results. As I spent more time watching my kids it was clear that many kids had a hard time getting past Wikipedia when researching their homework. Now even non-SEO kids will have some help as Google is providing teachers with a rich set of Classroom Lessons for Search Engines to help.
The lessons include
- Basics, Search 101
- How to choose which links to follow
- How to tell if a site has authority
- Organizing your approach to searching
- Search Operators and Syntax (Yes!)
- Advanced Search Options on Google
- Language Tools on Google
- Experimental Google features
I would like to see teachers find time early in the school year to help our kids become better searchers, with the ability to discriminate and eliminate the noise.