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Nov. 15, 2006


Are College Students Techno Idiots?


Susan Metros, a professor of design technology at Ohio State University,
says that reading, writing and arithmetic are simply not enough for today's
students. What is important for learners is information: how to find it, how
to focus it, and how to filter out nonsense. But for many students, their
main source for information is Google, which Metros finds troubling. 

Last year, she was surprised to learn at a conference that most people look
only at the first few hits that come back from a Google query. In fact, only
a tiny percentage of Google users even bother to glance at the second page
of the search results. "It is well below 1 percent," she said.

Overreliance on Google is only one of many technology problems facing
college students. A new report
<http://www.ets.org/Media/Products/ICT_Literacy/pdf/2006_Preliminary_Finding
s.pdf>  released Tuesday by the Educational Testing Service finds that
students lack many basic skills in information literacy, which ETS defines
as the ability to use technology to solve information problems.

To continue:  Preparation: have a positive attitude; Step #1-loosely grip
the mouse; Step #2: On the left side of the mouse, down click once on this
link:  http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/11/15/infolit

 

Remember: At this time, the levels of Bloom's are not supplied with
techno-info, either. Those levels of Ben's still have to be applied to
techno-info content.

 


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