Research takes more than Google

  • Article by: KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 7:20 PM

Teachers are worried that middle and high school students rely too much on Internet search engines to find information, says a new Pew Center study.

  • 5
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
  • 1 - 5 of 5
EbuddyNov. 5, 12 7:30 AM

"I even have some teachers who do not let the youngest students here at the middle school use Google," Theirl said. "They have to use e-books. They have to use databases." PROBLEM SOLVED

0
0
sarahanneNov. 5, 12 7:48 AM

If you rely on only one resource for your information you are in trouble. It is OK to look online if you look at everything as a skeptic, and know who has an impartial view on what they are talking about and who has an agenda to push. That is where the teachers come in to able to teach kids how to look at material and see if it is reliable. And this is not just a problem for kids but there are adults who rely too much of their information using only one source.

1
0
hoisonsauceNov. 5, 12 8:12 AM

Why not, I don't know, TEACH the kids how to properly vet online sources?

1
0
williamtdrNov. 5, 1210:39 AM

True, not all online sources are reliable. But I hate when people claim the internet has not true or bad content on it, and therefore the internet is bad. You can use the internet's good sources to do great research.

2
0
teach2bwiseNov. 5, 12 6:37 PM

Having taught the research essay for 18 years, I must say that technology has not encouraged students to be patient, curious, or thorough when searching for information. I have demonstrated to whole classes and students individually how to use terrific databases specifically designed for student research and students are reluctant to learn how to use them effectively simply because it isn't entertainment. Many students whether it is a random website or a database don't even think to or take time to scroll down the page to see what other useful tools would make their work easier (e.g. citation tools). They have never been drawn to technology to learn and become better students. They use them to see photos of themselves and to "connect" in sound bites with friends, few who are real and many who are in "like" status only. Digital devices and most internet apps have never been created specifically for educational purposes which is more complex than compiling information. But corporations such as Apple have figured out how easily administrators and teachers are fascinated by glitzy packages and the perceived benefit of reducing workloads and cutting edge devices and thus for the past ten years Apple and others have been trying to cram educational purposes into the mindlessness of screen staring. The most shameful part is all the money that is poured into these time-consuming, brain-sucking devices that have had produced nothing but mediocre to non-existent results for most students in the classroom.

0
1
  • 1 - 5 of 5

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's the most important wedding-related expense?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT