and why—looking for URL suffixes (.edu, .gov, etc.), and
reviewing how to double-check sources.
One of the sites where students found erroneous information, All about Explorers, was actually developed by
teachers to educate students about the pitfalls of blindly
Googling without using critical-thinking skills.
I’ve done many internet research lessons in the past,
but none have the lasting impact that this one did. The
kids jumped right into the task and rolled along smoothly,
impressed with how easy the task was and what good researchers they were. The harsh dose of reality truly sticks
with students and really makes them think about facts and
information they find on the web.
—Keith Ferrell is the technology integration specialist at Singapore American
School. He has been a classroom teacher since 1996 and has taught everything
from 2nd to 12th grade. Read his blog, Ed Tech Ideas, at http://edtechideas.com.
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