Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Dan was a very engaging host and presented us with several "wicked" search challenges. Here are a few for your enjoyment (you'll have to find the answers yourself!):
Search Problem #1: What day of the week was the current US Secretary of State's birthday in 1984?
Search Problem #2: When an artist is making a sculpture for a client, they often make a small version of the sculpture in wax or clay. They're usually a preliminary sketch, presented to the client for approval. What is this thing called?
The common theme of all of these search challenges is that you don't know what you are searching for. Most of the time we search using general terms to find more specific information. These are easy searches such as "capitol of Montana."
I have continued to ponder what it means to ask "Google-Proof Questions." The type of search challenges that Dan gave in his session helped me realize that the most challenging questions are those in which the desired search term is unknown. I would consider myself a pretty advanced searcher, but even I got stumped by a few of these challenges. Giving such challenges to students helps build critical thinking and analytical skills. This is definitely something that I will be incorporating into my lessons this year!