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12/1/2009 6:07 AM
 

TL blogger Cheryl Oakes asks this question in her recent post (http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/25352). She writes "The Google it! mode of education today should force all educators to let go of the notion that we hold the keys to knowledge." What do you think?

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12/1/2009 8:31 AM
 
I think the bigger question is why should we Google-proof a question? That is akin to a teacher in the 1970's wanting to encyclopedia proof a question. Google is but one resource that students can use to find information and it works remarkably well to get a user started researching an issue. It may not provide answers but it might provide further keywords for searching using other resources. I would much rather spend my time teaching my students how to use a variety of research tools effectively and setting expectations for the level of their investigation.
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12/1/2009 9:30 AM
 
I think that Bloom's Taxonomy (the digital version) is a great place to start. I hear teachers on my campus complain all the time that kids just "google" the answers to their assignments.
The thing that's missing is the information the questions are asking. There's a whole shift in thinking that needs to take place. In the past we used to ask for quite a bit of simple information (definitions especially) that currently can just be "googled."
Bloom's makes you develop more personal or at least more complex questions that aren't really "google-able."

Bloom's is a good place to start.
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12/1/2009 2:06 PM
 
One of the outcomes of standard-based education is the fear many educators have of moving away from the black line of the curriculum. Teachers need to feel the power of our profession by being given the opportunity to take the learner to the greatest point, not just the target described by the standard. We need to encourage educators to embrace the value of informal learning by harnessing the volumes of information available through the Internet. When we combine the direction of standards with informal learning we may find our learners jumping beyond our expectations.
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9/7/2010 4:49 PM
 
I think rather than "google proofing" we should be educating our students in ethical practice. Its the whole "when you cheat you only cheat yourself philosophy." If you are concerned about a control c control v issue then a couple of simple questions should help you find out if the understanding is authentic. The first thing I do when setting a research or essay assignment is google the question - this way you'll have some idea about content that may be copied directly from a website. Google is a tool for information - we need to teach our students about it's ethical use and develop critical thinking skills with regards to web based content. The information is all there - this is not a bad thing, they still need to know how to use it.
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