Sunday, 13 November 2011

Crap Detection

“Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.”
Ernest Hemingway, 1954

"Crap detection” as dubbed by Howard Rheingold, is the learner's ability to determine if presented information has merit. Learning to be a critical consumer of information involves determining the information's relevance, authenticity, currency, and bias. In Wired magazine, Clive Thompson discusses Why Kids Can’t Search. Thompson strewed that critical search inability stems from lack of missed opportunities to judge information.

The good news? Teacher-librarians are ready to help students become information literate. Google searching tips, curation of relevant, authentic sources, strategies for evaluating information, and detecting crap will help develop critical thinkers and learners.

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