Learning Through Search Engines

03 Mar

This week I decided to take the leap and finally learn how to embed videos into PowerPoint. First of all, I want to say that it is more complicated than it seems! After 15 minutes of struggling on my own, I realized that Google would likely have the answer. I found it on “The Travelin’ Librarian’s” blog! When skiing over February break, we knew our condo had a pizza oven, but we had no idea how to use it. Our immediate response before departing our house for the slopes—“YouTube it!” My mom has called me numerous times regarding phone scams. She gives me the number that phoned the house and I type it into Google. Within ten seconds, a person can have a fairly good indication as to whether the call was a scam or not. She had never thought to use Google for something like that.
I think that this class has helped me to more effectively learn how to learn. I believe that this is essential for us as a society, and especially, as teachers. There are bound to be moments when we don’t know the answer to a question. I certainly don’t want to be the teacher that says, “I don’t know,” and leaves it at that. I want to be able to investigate, search, and learn alongside my students.
Knowing how to use search engines is essential in today’s world, but I also believe that it is important to learn how to use them effectively, and to realize that it cannot answer all of our questions, or in many cases, it answers them in too many—often hundreds—of ways that leave you more bewildered than you were when you began. Maybe that’s a good thing– it shows us that answers are never as simple as they seem– our culture and lives influence our responses.

1 Comment

Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Blogging Adventures


One response to “Learning Through Search Engines

  1. Michael Sauers (The Travelin' Librarian)

    March 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the link back. I’m glad you found the information useful.


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