For today’s students, internet literacy—knowing how to find and understand information on the web—is as essential as traditional literacy, and now web-search giant Google Inc. has launched a new site to help teach this critical skill.

Google’s Search Education site contains lesson plans designed to develop students’ web-search skills, activities to put their skills to the test, and video tutorials from Google search experts.

For example, “A Google a Day” challenges pose new search tasks for students to undertake each day; one history challenge says: “Two future U.S. presidents signed me. Two didn’t because they were abroad. Despite my importance, modern viewers seem to think I have a glaring spelling error. What document am I?”

“Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners,” Google says. “With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers—whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.”

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