By the end of this Module, you'll learn how to:
Many of us find information in our daily lives like Kai does in this example:
Kai recognizes an actor in the film they're watching. They enter the movie's title into Google, and navigate to IMDb to browse the cast list. Here, Kai uses the title (information they already know) to search for an answer to their question (who the actor is).
We all have "go to" sources, but do you ever wonder why you don't get the search results you want or why your searches return mostly information you already know? In this module, we will build a strategy for finding information beyond what we already know, starting by organizing our ideas into related terms and concepts.
Watch the three videos: 1. Organize what you know, 2. Understand Search Results, and 3. Evaluate a Website. Use the arrow commands below the media player to move on to the next video.
To break down big ideas into researchable questions and ideas, it helps to make a map of the information you already know. Think about which concepts go well together. Then, select terms from the bank below and drag them to the place in the chart that makes the most sense to you. There is no wrong way to organize these terms, but it will help to consider which terms are general and which terms are more specific.
Algorithms are complex sets of instructions typically used by computers to execute a task or solve a problem, and they play a big role in the way we experience and view the world. Social media platforms, artificial intelligence, and search engines like Google all rely on algorithms to find, organize, and display content based on data these services collect on their users. In the video ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ Noble talks about how we perceive search results as “Objective/Fair/ Neutral," but, in reality there are many algorithmic controls that shape the results we see.
After watching the ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ video, reflect on the question below.