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Google the Answer - Montana AGATE 2014

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BRIAN HOUSAND, PHD
brianhousand.com

If Your Students Can Google the Answer, You May Be Asking the Wrong Question
Thanks to ubiquitous digital information devices, finding the answer to most questions is only an Internet search away. Now more than ever, we must teach our students to be critical consumers of the information that they encounter, and we must reinvest ourselves in posing questions that involve application and synthesis.

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Google the Answer - Montana AGATE 2014

  1. 1. If your students can the answer you may be asking the WRONG questions. Brian Housand, Ph.D. brianhousand.com bit.ly/ mt-agate
  2. 2. brianhousand.com
  3. 3. 2014 ARKANSAS NEBRASKA CALIFORNIA NORTH CAROLINA GEORGIA MONTANA SOUTH CAROLINA TEXAS WASHINGTON CONNECTICUT ALABAMA KANSAS FLORIDA MARYLAND
  4. 4. If your students can GOOGLE the answer...
  5. 5. You may be asking the WRONG questions!
  6. 6. 42
  7. 7. DID
  8. 8. RECALL ≠UNDERSTANDING
  9. 9. 1) In what year was the first U.S. postage stamp issued? ! 2) Who was on it? ! 3) How much did it cost?
  10. 10. IDENTIFY Important Questions LOCATE Information CRITICALLY EVALUATE SYNTHESIZE Information COMMUNICATE Answers NEW LITERACIES newliteracies.uconn.edu
  11. 11. Fiction f rom Truth using Evidence
  12. 12. “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside of him.” -- Ernest Hemingway
  13. 13. TRIANGULATION
  14. 14. WHO WROTE THIS INFORMATION? ! WHEN WAS THE ARTICLE WRITTEN? ! CAN THE INFORMATION BE VERIFIED FOR ACCURACY?
  15. 15. B L U F F T H E I N T E R N E T S E A R C H E R
  16. 16. agoogleaday.com
  17. 17. agoogleaday.com
  18. 18. google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation
  19. 19. AGGREGATOR
  20. 20. LiveBinders
  21. 21. TRY THIS! GENERIC SENTENCE FRAMES “Who are…” “When did…” “Why does…” “What will happen if…”
  22. 22. WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW IS DID CAN WILL MIGHT SHOULD COULD WOULD
  23. 23. bit.ly/middleschooldrawntolife
  24. 24. WHAT ABOUT MATH?
  25. 25. Google Trends
  26. 26. 101qs.com
  27. 27. wonderopolis.com
  28. 28. geoguessr.com
  29. 29. geosettr.com
  30. 30. writingprompts.tumblr.com
  31. 31. The whole process of education should thus be conceived as the process of learning to think through the solution of real problems. ! -- John Dewey, 1938
  32. 32. Real World Problems Academic Rigor Technology Integration www.ecugifted.com
  33. 33. ANSWERS ARE EASY. It’s asking the right questions which is hard.- T H E D O C T O R
  34. 34. Refine Questions
  35. 35. Can the question be answered by making observations, collecting data, making measurements, and/or changing variables?
  36. 36. Can the question be narrowed and focused enough to look at a SINGLE variable?
  37. 37. Do we have access to the NECESSARY materials to help us answer the question?
  38. 38. We need students to get more DEEPLY INTERESTED in things, more INVOLVED in them, more ENGAGED in wanting to know, to have projects that they can get EXCITED about and work on o v e r l o n g p e r i o d s o f t i m e , to be STIMULATED TO FIND THINGS OUT ON THEIR OWN. - Gardner
  39. 39. What do you think?
  40. 40. Why do you think that?
  41. 41. How do you know this?
  42. 42. Can you tell me more?
  43. 43. What questions do you still have?
  44. 44. If your students can the answer you may be asking the WRONG questions. Brian Housand, Ph.D. brianhousand.com bit.ly/ gagc2014

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