In the process of doing research on their national parks, I was teaching them how to use the filetype: operator in Google to search for KMZ files when low and behold the top entry for a Shenandoah National Park search was from our school wiki page.
It was neat to see their reactions when I told them that file was uploaded back in 2008...an eternity ago for a middle schooler! If the work which a student did almost four years ago is coming up in the search results now, what might happen to the work they post today?
The answer to that question has all sorts of implications, many of which I won't get into here, but the most obvious one is of quality. All of the sudden knowing that someone from the future will use their work all of the sudden ups the ante on their effort.
Never discount the power of audience, either now...or in future!
If you're interested, here is a list of helpful search links and/or sites:
- Google Search Operators--http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators.html
- My Diigo sites about Search--
- Power Searching with Google--