Secret Life of Google Jockeys

One of the great advantages of not having a Nazi filter is that you get to watch the students doing what they do. This is a clip that I hope will illustrate to teachers who are still asking questions that kids can ‘Google’ in an ICT classroom – think about the knowledge transfer that actually happens. Heres what this kid did in 15 minutes (speeded up) – how much of his own typing did he add – what are the places he went to? – but hey, he got the job done huh.

ICT needs to be used in ways in which this activity is no longer a viable method of learning!

One of the things I am aiming to do right now is to try and think of ways in which projects can run so that we are more able to notice this kind of behaviour. I think that many students have done this for so long – often by default rather than design – that to them – it is a normal activity.

Designing better methods for ICT use – must include the ability for it to ‘unearth’ these habits of mind. We need to expose (to the students and staff) that students may well demonstrate ‘mastery’ skills in using applications – but the gap between skimming information – and applied knowledge is alarming.