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|Sure, your students know their way around a keyboard and certainly a mobile phone, but are they actually Internet search–savvy? If your students default to Wikipedia every time they need to do online research, here’s a list of our favorite search skills tips and ideas to teach them how to sift through search results and find credible sources.
1. Show them “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus”
A great place to start your discussion about smart searching is to take your students to the Pacific Tree Octopus website. After all, if it’s on the Web, it must be true, right? Have students share and discuss “facts” about the tree octopus. Does this jibe with what they know about the ocean animal? Don’t be surprised if most of your students are floored to find out the site is actually satire! Want more? Here are 11 additional hoax sites you can use to teach Web resource evaluation.