21 century skills have become common outcomes of our modern education system. It’s amazing to see how many educators are embracing the idea of developing self-directed learners instead of focusing on filling kids heads with knowledge. In an environment of endless information it’s important to have a mature and critical filter to find the right information. Even today after years hammering the idea of critical research into kids, many still just ‘Google’ a question. It’s easy, why wouldn’t you?
Teachers need to be especially critical when it comes to kids researching on the internet. Time and energy need to be spent on proper ‘Googling’ techniques including using filters and recognizing appropriate links. As tech savvy as kids can be, they still fall down when it comes to putting the required time to research!
Even one class focused entirely on surfing the net can yield great results. The ultimate goal for teachers is to be able to say “I don’t know the answer to that. Why don’t you go find out?"