I found Jeff Utecht’s blog, The Thinking Stick through a website that lists resources for teaching Information Literacy, the Resources page for Next Vista for Learning.
In adding content to theinquiryprocess.ca, I’m always on the look-out for material for Kindergarten and Cycle 1. That’s where Jeff Utecht comes in. His lesson plan for Grades K – 2 involves teaching kids what Google does, how the AND syntax works, and how to distinguish ads from information. Once I read through that lesson plan, I checked out his ones for older grades and liked how they were very specifically focussed on various features in Google that allows users to zero in on what they need.
In his lesson plan for Grades 3 – 5, he uses a fake website to show students how to evaluate the authenticity and validity of the information in a website.
These lesson plans are great to share with teachers who are looking to teach students how to use Google more effectively. The hyperlinked text above will take you to the associated websites and you can find a list of all Utecht’s search lesson plans at the bottom of his plan for Grades 9 – 12.