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Seek – Sense -- Share

Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.

Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation.


Google Chrome

  • Why use Google Chrome
  • Create a Google Chrome Account


  • What is social bookmarking
    • Create a Diigo account
  • Install Diigo extension
  • Add school library to toolbar

Search Engines

  • Understand how search engines work
    • Indexed web sites
    • Results not recommendations
    • PageRank
    • Search engine optimization
    • Personalized search







PageRank works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is.

The underlying assumption is that more important websites are likely to receive more links from other websites.


SEO – Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine's "natural" or un-paid ("organic") search results.



Search Tips

  • Know your topic
    • How and when to use an encyclopedia – not for citing at the grade 11-12 level
      • Wikipedia
      • Encyclopedia Britannica
      • Check out your school library web page(s)
    • Strategy: jot down as many keywords as you know – then beside them right alternative terms
    • Use more than one search engine.

Access the Encyclopedia Britannica on your iOS device

Username: saskPassword: trial


Google Search Tips

  • Use Google Operators
    • “quotation marks”
    • The minus sign -query
    • Site: query
      • Livestock
      • Livestock
      • Livestock
      • Livestock
    • Country Search
    • Define term

Google Search Tips

  • Advanced
    • readability level

Search Tips

Read the Google result before clicking


The Invisible Web

  • Online sources available from your school library web site
    • Global Issues in Context
    • Canadian Points of View
    • ExpertSpace
    • Canadian Newstand

To access Global Issues in Context on your

iOS device – download the

Access My Library – School Edition App

Password – livingsky1


Twitter – new search tool

Follow the experts in your area of study

Follow hashtags #

Create streams of information coming to you

Use a desktop app such as Tweetdeck to monitor information

Remember tweets also need to be cited!


Website Evaluation

What is the biggest factor preventing students from effectively evaluating information?


Evaluating Tips

Know your topic!

Triangulation – use two other sources to support the information

Purpose (blogs, tweets, social media, people) – consider these sources in the context of your own knowledge


Read the URL

Examine the content

Ask about author and owner

Look at the links


Read the URL

Recognize the domain name? What is the name? What is the extension - what do they tell you?


Examine the content

Is the information useful and relevant to my topic?

Are additional resources and links provided?

Is the information current? When was it last updated?

Is there contradictory information? - triangulation


Ask About the Author and Owner


Contact information

Biographical information

Results from a search on the author’s name

Who owns the site?



What is the history of the site?

Wayback Machine


Look at the Links

  • Forward links
  • What are the URLS – use your curser
  • Do the Domain names change?
  • Is the information biased? – to the links lead to similar links or ones that offer opposing viewpoints
  • Backward links (link:site)
  • Who links to the website?
  • What is the purpose of the link?
  • What do other sites say about the information on the site?

Your Turn

  • Evaluate one of the following sites:
  • All About Explorers
  • Victorian Robots
  • The History of the Shuar

Citing Information

  • Use experts to support your point of view
    • Cite within text so your reader knows you know the experts
    • Include a reference/works cited page to tell your reader where they can find out more about what an individual has to say

Use the review ribbon in Word to format your works cited page or use an online tool such as BibMe


Sharing Information

Share your project/learning online

Ask for feedback using Twitter

Respond to feedback

Revise your work accordingly

Use a tool such Weebly or a blogging platform to showcase your work