Location

Room 218/220

Type of Presentation

Poster Session (45 minutes)

Target Audience

K-12

Abstract

According to the Pew Research Center, 94% of teachers surveyed indicated that their students are “very likely” to use Google or other search engines ahead of all other sources when doing research for assignments. Educators agree that students are drowning in information. Teachers and librarians alike have the mission to teach information literacy skills to enable students to stay afloat in the sea of information. These same students were reported to lack online search skills. Students should understand that not all search engines are alike nor can all search engine results be trusted 100% of the time. GALILEO - Georgia Library Learning Online provides access to scholarly databases, journals, articles, ebooks, images, charts, and videos. Because GALILEO is an authoritative, credible source for research, students can focus on whether search results are relevant and objective for their needs. To effectively use GALILEO, it is important for students to understand how to best perform keyword searches. The use of Boolean operators will make keyword-based text searches more precise. The challenge for educators is to make GALILEO the natural “go-to” website for students. Placing a link to GALILEO on the school’s website and/or library-media center webpage is a great way to make the site accessible. Promoting the site through handouts and promotional materials will remind students of GALILEO and the benefits of using it for research. Giving students extra credit points on assignments for using GALILEO will certainly drive students to try it. Remember: When you absolutely, positively need credible, authoritative information, “GALILEO it!”

Presentation Description

The tri-board contains information on GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library for the 21st Century. Observers are given web links to Kahoot!, a tool for using technology to administer quizzes, discussions, and surveys. Observers will participate in an online quiz that features questions on using GALILEO in addition to tips on performing online searches.

Keywords

GALILEO, search engines, authoritative sources, credible sources, keyword searches, Boolean operators, information literacy skills

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Oct 1st, 9:45 AM Oct 1st, 11:00 AM

GALILEO: Staying Afloat in the Digital Age

Room 218/220

According to the Pew Research Center, 94% of teachers surveyed indicated that their students are “very likely” to use Google or other search engines ahead of all other sources when doing research for assignments. Educators agree that students are drowning in information. Teachers and librarians alike have the mission to teach information literacy skills to enable students to stay afloat in the sea of information. These same students were reported to lack online search skills. Students should understand that not all search engines are alike nor can all search engine results be trusted 100% of the time. GALILEO - Georgia Library Learning Online provides access to scholarly databases, journals, articles, ebooks, images, charts, and videos. Because GALILEO is an authoritative, credible source for research, students can focus on whether search results are relevant and objective for their needs. To effectively use GALILEO, it is important for students to understand how to best perform keyword searches. The use of Boolean operators will make keyword-based text searches more precise. The challenge for educators is to make GALILEO the natural “go-to” website for students. Placing a link to GALILEO on the school’s website and/or library-media center webpage is a great way to make the site accessible. Promoting the site through handouts and promotional materials will remind students of GALILEO and the benefits of using it for research. Giving students extra credit points on assignments for using GALILEO will certainly drive students to try it. Remember: When you absolutely, positively need credible, authoritative information, “GALILEO it!”