Year 8 – Lesson 4 – Searching the web

Curriculum KS3 Unit Lesson

Like artists, web developers create works of art that they want people to see. There is so much content on the World Wide Web, that making sure your web page stands out can be difficult. Consider how people get to web pages. The start of the journey is usually a search engine, which people use to search for a few keywords and pick something from the list. The problem is, that list usually contains millions of different pages.

In this lesson, learners will consider how web pages are found and catalogued, ready for people to search for them. By considering how search engines find and rank web pages, they will learn how they can make their designs appear towards the top of search engine lists, so that more people will view what they have created.

Learning objectives

  • Describe what a search engine is
  • Explain how search engines ‘crawl’ through the World Wide Web and how they select and rank results
  • Analyse how search engines select and rank results when searches are made

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