Using Search Stories to Teach Search Skills

Last year one of the best ads released during the SuperBowl was this simple ad by Google

Shortly after the release of this video Google asked you to make your own search stories.

Simply go to http://www.youtube.com/searchstories and start creating your story.

What a great way to teach students search skills.

Give students and start and end point. For example in 3rd Grade I might give students: Rocks and Volcanos. Start with Rocks and create a search story that gets you to end your search story with how Rocks and Volcanos are related.

Or in High School how about finding a connection between two random books: The Odyssey and 1984.

I’m sure you can come up with your own examples. Take two unrelated topics and see if students can use their search skills to bring them together. Or could a student tell the story of a character through search. Take just the character Homer in The Odyessey and tell his story in 7 lines using search.

Or you can do what I did and tell the story of you.

So many possibilites!