Wednesday, January 04, 2012

"Crap Detection 101" for Students

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search
By Clive Thompson November 1, 2011 | 12:30 pm | Wired November 2011

...Consider the efforts of Frances Harris, librarian at the magnet University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois. (Librarians are our national leaders in this fight; they’re the main ones trying to teach search skills to kids today.) Harris educates eighth and ninth graders in how to format nuanced queries using Boolean logic and advanced settings. She steers them away from raw Google searches and has them use academic and news databases, too.

But, crucially, she also trains students to assess the credibility of what they find online...

...Mind you, mastering “crap detection 101,” as digital guru Howard Rheingold dubs it, isn’t easy.

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