Information Landscape today

Eric Schmidt

Wikipedia vs Textbooks

Is Google making us feel smarter?

Turning the Tide: US Universities changing admission process

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

TED and the Future of Education



University of the People

Let’s Search​

A Google A Day

Search Lessons from Jeff
Search Lesson for K-2
Search Lesson for 3-5
Search Lesson for 6-8
Search Lesson for 9-12

Google Newspaper Archives

Domain Extensions by Country


Wikijunior for ES
Use the Talk Page
Wikipedia’s Good Article criteria
Wikipedia’s Quality Scale
Wikipedia pops up in bibliographies, and even college curricula
Wikipedia better than a history textbook
Is Wikipedia Really Such a Bad Research Tool for Students?

Wikipedia is arguably subject to more rigorous review practices than are many scholarlypublications.

Wikipedia Infographic
WikiWand: Making Wiki more visually appealing


15 minute activity

Finland changes their focus

School sees test scores rise on using Tech


Principles of connectivism:

  • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
  • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
  • Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
  • Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
  • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
  • Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.

Reading Activity

How do you get students to create?

Change Improve
What can HS students contribute to wikipedia?

14 year old creates #1 game in App Store
Kinder’s publish ipad book
Games Around the World

Mars Rover
Student made mashup video on Anorexia
Fair Use Notes for Teachers

Brita Water Filter

Examples of Creation and Sharing
3rd Grade Class Newspaper
8th Grade Spanish Newspaper
5th Grade Map Project
5th Grade RSS Pages
Flipping English
Flipping History
Blogging with Students