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Using Search Stories to Teach Search Skills

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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!

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. I love this Jeff. I guess this is the sort of thing that can happen when Google owns a search engine and the world’s most popular video sharing website. I cannot wait to try it!

  2. Jeff, Thanks for the great post. I absolutely love this idea. Just spend 1/2 a day looking for great ways to teach proper search techniques for 6th and 7th graders. I didn’t teach this well last year and my research projects went past there deadlines. This is great. Thanks for the great information. Hope all is well.

    • Hi Sherry hope all is well with you as well. I think using search stories is a great way to use search in that it allows students to “tell a story” and it limits them. To often there is just to much choice. You have 7 steps…tell your story in that 7 steps…that’s it….you don’t get 8.

  3. As a teacher, I struggle to involve students in the search process and keep track of how they are progressing, this seems to be a wonderful idea.

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