Digital literacy: Better Googling. Parent sessions

Recently we ran some Digital literacy session for parents. They were run over three evening and were hour-long session designed to give parents an idea about the tips we give to their sons. The second session was entitled “Better Googling” and explained about how to use the standard Google search more effectively to get the most useful results. This following was a slide presentation I prepared. We always try to make the sessions hands-on and encourage participants to play. There are so many things we could cover but we keep it to an hour because, at the end of the day, we believe this is an optimum length for everyone to concentrate and enjoy the sessions.

Although we used live internet connections, copies of Powerpoint slides given as handouts work well with parents as they like to write down notes.

CatholicGoogle

catholicgoogle

Working in a Catholic boys school meant that I was intrigued to see a new search engine called CatholicGoogle. It is a search engine built by eBizWebPages just for Catholics. They want to provide an easy-to-use resource to anyone wanting to learn more about Catholicism.
It is powered by Google using “safe search” technology and produces results from all over the internet with more weighting to given to Catholic websites and eliminates a lot of “unsavory content”.
This site is not associated or affiliated with Google.com but the site owners work closely with Google to make sure the results remain in line with Catholic doctrine. I haven’t spent a lot of time looking at it yet but will have to as we go back to school at the end of the month. I will be interested to see just how it compares to the Catholic encyclopedia and what results come up when some of the more controversial topics are searched.

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