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Google Age staff CPD sessions

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on November 6, 2012 at 5:51:29 pm
 

Google Age staff CPD sessions - Disseminating the need to support information literacy

 

 

The course 'The rise and pitfalls of the Google Age' was a staff CPD session written in response to the results from the information seeking research tasks in the baseline stage of our digital literacy project.

 

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The CPD course is offered throughout the year for staff to attend. It has also become a mandatory part of the ILT CPD offer on college-wide teacher education days. 

 

This session lasts an hour and a half and covers the following outcomes:

 

  • Objectives:

    • To identify the strengths and weaknesses of using Google
    • To experience Google searching and the strengths or pitfalls of Google searching
    • To understand any weaknesses teachers may need to address if they are to direct students to Google
    • To discuss techniques to scaffold Google searching for FE

 

The course has activities such as:

 

Activity: Thinking back to the past - sharing and remembering  - what was likfe like before the internet, google, mobile phones - how did we access and use information/communicate/publish

Activity: Identifying and discussing the key benefits and drawbacks of using Google in education

Presentation: The student results from the digital literacy information seeking task - discuss some of the key findings e.g. why learners turn to Google even when they know the exact book they need to answer a question easily is less that 5 meters away from them? Why do learners copy and paste a paragraph into google search box rather than discect the question and break it into keywords?

Hands-on activity: participate in and experience the information seeking task for themselves

Discussion: Information searching techniques/results of mature verses younger learners (teachers v learners)

Discussion: The scaffolding of information seeking in lessons and learning (embedding info seeking skills) - discussion of finding information online, then copy and pasting - the barriers to learning

Final discussion: to address the issues of copy and paste: "Copy and paste is an issue that is echoed by many including our project findings - but what strategies can we use to authenticate this in teaching and learning - When/how can we make copy and paste appropriate? Or Should We?"

 

 

We also offer a slightly trimmed version without the hands-on information seeking task inlcuded. This cut-down session lasts only an hour, but includes a greater element of discussion of the key issues.

 

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