Our students don't know the world without the Internet. They spend days and nights on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat but hardly know how to translate all the information into learning. Gen Z doesn't necessarily think critically about what they find online, and we, as educators, should teach the academic side of the Internet to them.
Why is it so important?
- Surveys demonstrate that many students don't understand how to use online sources to support their arguments.
- Studies show that young people don't focus on the credibility of sources they use: they can't explain why they choose certain websites, authors, and publications.
- Online research skills are among must-haves for students' progress through college life and future career.
Educators can help students to evaluate online information efficiently. Its volume keeps growing (500+ new websites appear every minute), and it's significant for young people to know how to separate the gems from the garbage and become critical consumers, not just viewers.
So, how can we help youngsters do efficient online research and navigate information easily?...