An expert perspective on 21st century education
What can you learn on a cell phone? Almost anything! How does that concept fit with our traditional system of education? It doesn't. Best-selling author and futurist Marc Prensky's book of essays challenges educators to “reboot” and make the changes necessary to prepare students for 21st century careers. His “bottom-up” vision is based on interviews with young people and includes their ideas about what they need from teachers, schools, and education. Also featured are easy-to-do, high-impact classroom strategies that help what he calls “digital natives” acquire “digital wisdom.” This thought-provoking text is organized into two sections that address: Rethinking education; 21st century learning and technology in the classroom (including games, YouTube, and more)
In addition to valuable knowledge, this compelling collection offers inspiration, new perspectives, and ideas that work. Our educational context has changed, and a new context demands new thinking. This book will broaden your mind, spark new insights regarding how and what you teach, and reshape your vision of 21st century education.
Chapter 20: Search Versus Research
Or, The Fear of Wikipedia Overcome by New Understanding for a Digital Era
The Internet in general, and Wikipedia in particular, pose a thorny problem for many educators: what and how to teach kids when all factual information is online, but its truth is rarely guaranteed by any formal authority such as an editor or publisher. Some schools and educators advocate banning students' use of the Internet and Wikipedia altogether. Others focus on specific ways to ascertain whether or not a site or information is trustworthy. I offer another approach: helping students distinguish between “search,” where all is permissible, and “research,” which has specific rules and requirements. I hope you, like many others, find this distinction helpful.
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