Sunday, October 19, 2014

Teach Your Students How to Dumpster Dive

LA Dumpster Dive by Jim Fischer / CC BY 2.0
Most students think that using the Internet to search for information is as easy as using any search engine. We all know that there's much more to it than that.

I addressed this concept of digital research in my presentation,"Teach Your Students How to Dumpster Dive," at the San Gabriel Valley CUE Tech Fair. My session was on how to teach students to be expert researchers and great content creators. I also focused on the concepts of copyright, fair use, free to use, and public domain since most students (and even many teachers) don't understand that the Internet is not a free buffet where you eat without paying the bill. The goal is to teach students how to sift through the trash to find the treasure. In addition to explaining how to use Google Advanced Search, I also wanted to build a list of credible websites that teachers and students could use for their research.

Below is the list I'm developing. I plan to add to it if I come across anything new.

I hope this list is helpful. If you have a great website to share, please add it as a comment.


  1. Thank you for the list Alice. I'll be sure to come back here when I (my students) need it. I am trying to make more of an effort to use images properly, and finding applicable images that are free to reuse is sometimes difficult.

  2. You're welcome, Miss B!

    Have fun with your lesson. Let me know how it goes!