To Google or not to Google?

Every topic, every subject, every project has content that can be answered by Google – and content that can’t. There’s little point in a teacher or leader providing content that their class or team can find on the internet – but every point in generating rich higher order thinking by focusing on complex issues that require collaboration and debate to resolve.

Here’s a great exercise to try out:

  • Pick your topic or challenge and provide your team with an initial piece of inspiration such as a TED talk or news article
  • Set up two headlines on a work wall or table: Googleable and Non-Googleable
  • Give your team the opportunity to discuss and agree what constitutes a Non-Googleable question
  • Ask them to post questions on the topic, under either heading, on post-it notes
  • Share out the Googleable questions for independent research and fact-finding
  • Use the Non-Googleable questions as the basis for rich discussion around the topic

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Ewan McIntosh

Mindset, Skillset, Toolset in action

Covey's mantra put to action

To Google or not to Google?

Every topic, every subject, every project has content that can be answered by Google – and content that can’t.

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