... people have been faking stories, photos, and claims for as long as humans have been around. Of course now we're aided by technology, which sometimes makes these deceptions a bit more difficult to ferret out.
nice couple of problems to solve for people learning the skills of search - what went wrong? Nice task would be to use these to seed students writing their own examples (which could then be addressed by peers)
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.
My journey begins with a magazine article on the origins of human writing. But then I bounce to a webcomic about a girl superhero, which leads me to obsess briefly over how the hell Superman could really fly. That links me to the equations that describe gravity, which loops me around to Jews in the history of Marvel Comics.
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)
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