So far we have looked at how to conduct a basic and an advanced search as well as looking at some strategies to help your students think through the process of searching Google in a way that produces relevant results. Once our students understand the process of conducting a Google search they can then find other related search terms.
Once your students have found a search term that they are happy with they can then begin to filter out irrelevant search results.
One great way to do this is to sort the search results according your reading ability.
On the left hand side of your search results you will find the option that says ‘more search tools’. After clicking on this you will see the option that says reading ability (see photo below).
When you sort your search results by reading level you will notice two things:
- The reading level is displayed under the search result (bottom arrow)
- You can filter out search results according to the following reading levels; basic, intermediate and advanced by clicking on the graph at the top of the search results (top arrow)
How this works:
Google paid some teachers to look at a range of content and rate it as being basic, intermediate or advanced to read. They then took this data and wrote a formula looking at words and sentence strings to be able to rate other text against.
As with the case of all formulas, nothing is perfect…but nether-the-less this is a great tool for you to direct your students to as it will further filter out content that is not appropriate for their level of ability.
Please note: This is not a content filter. It is not to be used to filter inappropriate material – you need to make sure that your Google search setting is set to strict to do this.