27 October 2008

Search Literacy: Get It!

Two recent interesting articles on the concept of "search literacy" aka knowing how to actually find the information you're looking for on the web:

The first, from search expert John Battelle, talks about the difficulty his grade-school aged daughter had using Google to get definitions of terms and asks why schools don't teach 21st century skills like search literacy. The print dictionary is going the way of the buggy whip, people.

The second, from Cyrus Farivar's Machinist blog on Salon.com, takes the concept of search literacy and extends it to the importance of knowing how to ask the right questions and evaluate information from a variety of sources, particularly for our political leaders. Most of the time, knowing how to ask the right question isn't half the battle, it's the WHOLE battle.


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