Many teachers assume our “tech-savvy” students have the needed skill set to effectively search online. However, this is a common misconception. Just because our students can explain the latest trending hashtag and navigate Twitter, doesn’t mean they know how to safely and effectively find information online. These informational literacy skills need to be explicitly taught. In my blog post, Training Our Students To Be Internet Search Masters, I share several resources to teach our students how to determine if a source is credible, identify bias, and sort ads from articles.
However, students are not the only ones who need help in identifying credible sources. In the future, I would love to support educators in developing their ability to evaluate sources online by using sources like Common Sense Media’s free K-12 lessons or practicing with Google Search Education lessons and “A Google A Day”. I hope that teachers who shy away from technology can embrace how transforming a tool it can be. Teachers, including myself, need to continue to take the time to educate themselves first and then pass on these essential skills to their students.
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