A timely resource
A free downloadable resource from the Bing team called ‘Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research Skills’ describes how these skills relate to search and research activities. This e-book provides an excellent guide on how to develop a curriculum for searching and researching using the internet. With the translation of the critical thinking skills into practical examples. Like in the area of Searching efficiently and effectively – Students have to learn the basics of web processes and architecture, including:
- Key Internet terms, such as spam, malware, noise, advertorial, pay-per-post, crowd sourcing.
- How search engines find websites—the basics of crawling and indexing.
- What “the 10 blue links” are.
- What sponsored (paid) links are and how they work alongside unpaid links.
- How search engines (Bing, Yahoo!, and Google) make money from results.
- How websites market themselves in search engine results.
- How to parse a link/URL and what domain names mean.
- How to read a webpage.
- How to overcome researcher bias by learning to look beyond one’s familiar and comfortable sources and to listen to different voices, perspectives, and opinions