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The Right Place at the Right Time!

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WOW! I never thought of Google in this way! Reading this, just gave me some insight on how i as a teacher can direct my future students to be at the right place and at the right time especially when it comes to the search bar: having your question ready, information and assessment ! Using this strategy is perfect when learning how to improve students learning!

Emeritus Faculty in the School of Engineering / University of Connecticut

A Learning Opportunity

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There is NO "right" way that can be learned that will work best!! Do some searches in the classroom or computer room. Let them see you trying to figure it out. Let them not be able to find information. Let them find contradictory information and try to figure out which is more helpful, more useful (instead of correct or incorrect). Just like everyone struggles and will from now on. So much better lesson that believing what's in textbooks is correct!!!

6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies, Hi-Cap Specialist

Any advice?

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I have also had the problem of not finding what I was looking for while searching. One example was when I wanted to discuss the idea of "Big Brother" and planned to have my students find information on the internet. Fortunately, I attempted this myself, before asking students to do so. Because there is a television show by the same name, I was overwhelmed with those results. I have learned to play with the search terms, and I can model that and practice that with students. Do you have suggestions for teaching kids how to do better searches? How to evaluate sources? We have found that even citing sources from the internet can be detective work. Thanks!

Emeritus Faculty in the School of Engineering / University of Connecticut

Of Course It Needs to be Deliberate

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I have read as you most likely have as well that knowledge doesn't have the value it once had. The argument goes this way: Since everything s available on the Internet, ANYONE can get it - and thus someone having that information without having to use the Internet has no real advantage, no supplemental value. Sort of ...

As the author of this blog post notes, because EVERYTHING is available, one must know how to search AND more importantly, how to evaluate the information's usefulness to the situation at hand. To accomplish the required outcome, two efforts MUST be accomplished: (1) the person must have the core knowledge LEARNED (knowledge that enables gathering, organizing, and evaluating broader information related to the topic) - so basic or core knowledge IS REQUIRED AND HAS VALUE; and (2) the person must develop those gathering, organizing, and evaluation skills - in addition to the skills associated with using this body of information to address the situation(s) at hand, as well as assessing value added and documenting these efforts.

To be good at dealing with such situation - having the skills and procedures - is not a simple or straightforward routine. Hence, it must be a part of a good K-12 education - with increasing exposure in courses as early in K-12 as possible.

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