Do Your Students Know How To Search?

Last week I gave a session to a grade 11 class on how to research, so the article below is especially salient, at least in my mind. Our students may be digital natives (that is, a generation that have grown up with computers and the internet from day one) but that does not mean they know who to tap into the full potential of the internet or that they use it in anything but a passive, consumeristic (is that even a word? Consider it coined if not) manner.

This was confirmed the other day when I escorted three of our students to the World Social Science Forum to participate on a panel on the internet and youth. In order to prepare for the panel, the academic leading the discussion sent us some examples of sites where students can unleash their full creativity- from coding to deviant art. Though many of the sites mentioned were not new to me, I was surprised at how the reaction of the students. “I had no idea these even existed,” sad one. “Why don’t we talk about those more?”

Ok- so that is a discussion for another day (and one behind my belief that discussion on responsible use and digital citizenship needs to be framed more in a positive light). But another thing that came out both in my session with the girls and on the panel, is that even the students do not feel they are sing the power of the internet adequately.

This goes for searching as well. In the article below they give some effective online search strategies. Have you every used any of them? I admit, I have only used the quotations marks to search for a whole phrase.

And then my mind got blown when I saw this short, one minute video about using Google news to find primary sources, something that would have been very useful to show the grade 11 students as they searched for events in the 20th century:

You never stop learning…

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There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

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