Oh, you think you know how to search the Internet, do you?

Oh, you think you know how to search the Internet, do you?. From Denise Howell's unofficial transcript of the recent conference with luminaries such as the founders of Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin), we get this statement from Larry Page:

Page: “I've been waiting for them to start teaching searching, alongside spelling, in school.”

And then, serendipitously, from Tom Mighell's blog comes this post about learning better searching on Google:

“The MIT Technology Review has an article on Getting More from Google, with helpful tips for squeezing more information out of the search engine. I agree with the author — most people don't want to learn these tips; they would rather just type a few words into the search box and take their chances with what they get…. “[via Inter Alia]

I agree that we should teach searching in schools, and it wouldn't have to be limited to Google.  It hasn't taken my kids much prodding to grasp the concept that they can find things quickly with the computer.  Then again, maybe the problem with teaching Internet searching is that there aren't enough teachers who would know how to “teach” this; perhaps the process doesn't lend itself to “formal education” because the target is moving too quickly.

But I can tell you that if my kids didn't know how to search the Internet, I'd be worried.  It's a basic skill along with reading, writing and calculating.  [Ernie the Attorney]

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