The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is an Internet hoax created in 1998 by Lyle Zapato. This fictitious endangered species of cephalopod was given the Latin name " Octopus paxarbolis" (which roughly means, "Pacific tree octopus" in Dog Latin).
Nice hoax site with plausible in and out links to use to teach information literacy. Couple of studies cited on the wiki article (with link to main site). While I love this example, it might be worth talking to pupils about the fact that this is unusual in that it's a hoax attempting to mislead, and such cases account for only a subset of the types of problematic info they might encounter on the web
As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for...
There aren't a huge number of lessons here, and from a quick scan they're mostly focussed on a limited number of high precision searches (i.e. not exploratory search, but fact retrieval) which then lead to some more critical thinking activities (evaluating information, thinking about uses, transforming retrieved information into a new form, etc.) Hopefully this will grow, I'd definitely recommend having a look at the Google search lessons too, and thinking about how to create your own more complex query tasks (I like www.agoogleaday.com as precision based complex search task)
An important part of teaching students research skills is awareness of and critical thinking about sources of information. This issue is covered extensively in the Pew Research Report “How Te...
I've scooped Instagrok before, but they've just added some new features around projects (so you can do multiple searches under the same project and link them properly), assignments (self-explanatory!), and credibility/sourcing judgements (which this post links to). E.g.
Credibility Evaluation. Next to each bibliography entry is a checkbox, which initially will be grey, indicating that the student has not reviewed this source yet.
Clicking on the link will open the document in a frame, in the lower-right corner of which is a question asking them whether a source is credible. By hitting “Explain” button, the student can open a quick questionnaire asking them to reflect on the credibility of the source (questions are courtesy of our partner EasyBib, reproduced with permission)
Million Short is an experimental web search engine (really, more of a discovery engine) that allows you to REMOVE the top million (or top 100k, 10k, 1k, 100) sites from the results set. We thought it might be somewhat interesting to see what we'd find if we just removed an entire slice of the web.
The thinking was the same popular sites (we're not saying popular equals irrelevant) show up again and again, Million Short makes it easy to discover sites that just don't make it to the top of the search engine results for whatever reason (poor SEO, new site, small marketing budget, competitive keyword(s) etc.). Most people don't look beyond page 1 when doing a search and now they don't have to.
10 Strategies To Encourage Digital Natives To Value Information
It sounds counter-intuitive, but periodically create information-scarce circumstances that force students to function without it.Illuminate—or have them illuminate—the research process itself.Do entire projects where the point is not the information, but its utility.Use think-alouds to model the thinking process during research.Create single-source research assignments where students have to do more with less.Change the assignment mid-course by demanding new resources other than those most accessible.Create the need for “open-ended data” they can’t possibly Google.Have them create a visual metaphor, analogy, or concept map before and after the research process that demonstrates the role that Google, and Google-sourced information, played.Have students create a concept-map or other clever characterization for the limits of Google (or any other search engine).Use a balance of both post primary and secondary sources.
This isn't so much a search tip, but you can now set alarms/timers in Google. When I was teaching I used the classtools timer a lot http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/timer (you can set different music, some of which will intensify as the end comes nearer, e.g. the countdown music or the pink panther music! :-) ). But if you just need a fast timer in class (or for any other situation!) Or you want your students to each remind themselves about something this is a great new feature.
The filter bubble is a concept developed by Internet activist Eli Pariser in his book "Filter Bubble" to describe a phenomenon in which websites use algorithms to predict what information a user may like to see based on the user's location, search history, etc. As a result, a website may only show information which agrees with the user's past viewpoints. A typical example is Google's personalized search results. To "pop" the bubbles created by Google search (also called de-personalization), our research group in the Georgia Tech Information Security Center is conducting ground-breaking research and developing software, Filter Bubble. Filter Bubble is a chrome extension that uses hundreds of nodes to distribute a user's Google search queries world wide each time the user performs a Google search. Using Filter Bubble, a user can easily see differences between his and others' Google search returns.
I previously posted a really helpful infographic on how to use Google effectively to find information, and the creators of that one have just put up a new one, titled 'The Google Yourself Challenge...
" managing our online identity is something we should all take seriously these days, particularly if we’re looking for a job or applying for post-graduate positions, and it can be really helpful to see what’s out there about yourself. "
When we talk about “searching” these days, we’re almost always talking about using Google to find something online. That’s quite a twist for a word that has long carried exi...
the attitude we take toward the world. To be turned inward, to listen to speech that is only a copy, or reflection, of our own speech, is to keep the universe alone. To free ourselves from that prison — the prison we now call personalization — we need to voyage outward to discover “counter-love,” to hear “original response.” As Frost understood, a true search is as dangerous as it is essential. It’s about breaking the shackles of the self, not tightening them.
There was a time, back when Larry Page and Sergey Brin were young and naive and idealistic, that Google spoke to us with the voice of original response. Now, what Google seeks to give us is copy speech, our own voice returned to us. It’s a great tragedy.