Knowledge is information. It’s facts. It’s state capitals and president’s names and atomic numbers. Information is good, but on its own it’s not enough.
Intelligence on the other hand is something different, and something more. Intelligence isn’t information, but instead it is the ability to find information, to assess the value of the information, and to draw valid conclusions from the information. Intelligence is critical thinking, the application of knowledge to real life problems.
Knowledge is knowing your math tables. Intelligence is using those math facts to calculate the best value at the grocery store.
Maybe there was a time in our history when knowledge would have been enough to get by, but now more than ever our students need to develop critical thinking. For many reasons...
Power Searching with Google
Last year Google released a six-part online video course titled “Power Searching with Google”. The course was run live twice last year, giving participants the ability to interact with other learners. The archived course is still available for anyone to take at their own pace, and is a great place to start. The course can be found at:
This year Google is releasing the follow up course titled “Advanced Power Searching with Google”. This video course promises “to sharpen your research skills and strengthen your use of advanced Google search techniques to answer complex questions”. The course begins on January 23, 2013, and registration is now open at:
I went through the Power Searching class last year, and now am signed up for the Advanced class this year and look forward to digging deeper.
I highly recommend these courses to students and adults alike. Rather than just learning some new information, you will learn new skills that will benefit you today and in the changing future.
Additionally Google has put together a search education site specifically for educators to use with their students including lesson plans on search literacy skills, the “Google a Day” challenges, and more. And here’s at least one thing you won’t have to search for, as all the details can be found at: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/