Search engines are teachers

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7 Responses to “Search engines are teachers”

  1. Jewels Vern says:

    What we really need is a search engine to find a link for “that guy, you know, the one who did all that stuff”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t these people just ‘discovered’ something we all knew already?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Google could help me find research with similar findings, but a bigger N than 72. Jeeze… what they get a way with in some fields.

  4. octopod says:

    if this behaviour is detectable by based on expression structure and history, probably monetize it more efficiently by selling results based on some markov scheme of predicted search. google recommends or something.

  5. boyhowdy says:

    Having been both teacher and library media specialist – and been trained as both – I think you meant “search engines are librarians.” I’m a teacher now, and as far as I can tell, my job is teaching critical thinking coupled with a particular knowledge base; it’s library professionals who both support the process of applying “simple searching expressions to support their higher-level information needs,” and teach others how to apply, select, and manage those higher-level information needs.

    Those who believe librarians are merely Oracular locators of and organizers of information, rather than viral passers-on of information literacy skills, of course, are likely to suggest that I got it wrong myself. But selling librarians short would be nothing new.

  6. philsimon says:

    While I can’t claim to be an expert on SEO or search in general, I know a decent amount about it. Google is incredible but even all of the tricks that I know sometimes don’t get me everything that I want on the first try.

    I think that the key phrase here is “source.” I start my learning process with Google or Wikipedia but really try to dig a bit deeper than mere search to consider myself “learned.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    @boyhowdy I agree that search engines are much like librarians. Except, at what point do search engines “pass on information literacy skills?” Indeed, search engines are a medium to pass on these skills, but there is no active guidance that says, “You probably shouldn’t use that decaying live journal entry as a primary source.”

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