6th Grade - Using Technology For Research

Research and Technology
Using technology for research
Use organizational features of electronic text (e.g., bulletin boards, databases, keyword searches, e-mail addresses) to locate information.
Be able to locate information on the Internet.

Sample Problems


Where do you go to find information for a research report? (Internet)


How does the Internet differ from other sources of information? For example, how is it different from books and textbooks?

(Anyone can publish a Web page; no one checks to see if the information is true or false; there are millions of places to look for information; using the Internet is much quicker; you can narrow down what you’re looking for more easily; the Internet uses search engines)


What is an electronic bulletin board or message board? (a website where users post messages about a topic)


What is a database? (a structured collection of records or data)


What is a keyword search? (the words you type into a search engine to retrieve information)


In the email address homer@simpsons.com, what is “homer”? (username) What is “simpsons.com”? (domain name) What does the suffix “.com” mean? (a company)

Learning Tips


Find 3 electronic bulletin boards on the subject of Barack Obama. Write their web addresses and a general description of each.


Do a search for free birth databases. (Example: http://www.ormond.i8.com/#bir) Choose a country and search for births of people with your last name in the last 50 years.


Go to www.cactisearch.com and type in “Albert Einstein hair.” What do you notice about the results? (searches multiple engines)


Look up the meanings of the email suffixes .org, .edu, .gov, .net, .tv, .uk, .fr


Look up the email address of the current president. Write him an email and print a copy. How did you find his email address? What do the domain and suffix mean?

Extra Help Problems


#1-13: Internet terms quiz

A device which connects your computer to a phone line (or a cable TV system) and allows your computer to link up with other computers. A modem can be a box sitting next to your computer, or it may be built-in to your computer. (Modem)


A computer that is attached to a network. (server)


A company who provides you a connection to the Internet and its various components such as e-mail, and the WWW . When you sign-up with an ISP, you are given a local phone number which your computer "dials" into. Once your computer is connected to the ISP, the ISP then switches your computer's connection directly out to the Internet network. (server)


A software program which lets you request and view web sites. (browser)


The name you use to sign on to a network. (user name)


The secret name that you use with the user name to sign on to a network (password)


An Electronic message sent from one person's computer to another person's computer, usually through the Internet.  (E-Mail)


apollo - user ID

@      - at

aol    - where the user is (Domain Name)

com    - users domain

(e-mail address)


the unique address for a specific web page (URL)


com - commercial

edu - education

gov - government

mil - military

org - other organizations

net – networks



the computer language used to build web pages. (HTTP, Hypertext Markup Language)


A clickable area on a Web page which takes you to another page, or to a different place on the same page. (link)


The blinking box or line on your computer (cursor)


Look up the average income of a person in Peru. (database)


See what Britney Spears’ fans thought of her last show. (bulletin board)


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