Before reading this, I want you to understand that I am fully aware of the irony in this post.
I am not writing about students who need to be better at “Googling” information, I am talking about teachers. How many times do teachers give up on using technology because they are not sure how to make something work and they don’t want to ask someone? My guess is that most things that people want to do with a particular program or app in a classroom has been thought of before. I would also guess that many of those things that have been thought of have a solution. Often times, it is simple to find that solution. You can simply type what you are looking for in a Google search. I am personally pretty good at this technology stuff *pats self on back*, but there are dozens of times where I am using Google to find a solution. It is a powerful tool when you know how to use it.
Why aren’t teachers doing it then?
While using Google seems second nature to so many people, it is very foreign to others. They understand that the internet has all kinds of information on it, but they only know how to search if they are looking to find a price on a product. So, this begs the question: should basic search skills be taught to teachers? I think the answer is “yes.” It doesn’t need to be taught in a condescending manner, it can be taught in a way where you are showing some of the cooler features Google search has like image search options. That way, teachers don’t feel like they are there for something they already know.
Oh yeah, that irony I mentioned? The teachers who I want to read this one the most will likely never read it because they won’t be able to find it.