Digital Communication in the Classroom

ET630 In-Class Activity: Searching for the Truth

(based on a lesson by Dr. Bertram (Chip) Bruce of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Often in school, or through various media, we learn shorthand statements that capture some aspects of the truth, but fall short in other ways, In most cases, if we understood why these statements fell short, we would have a much deeper understanding of the knowledge domain in question and would likely find the topic itself more interesting. For example, we learn that "in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" and that he discovered America. But what did he really discover and in what sense did he discover it?

In groups of 2 or 3, choose one of the following commonplace statements (or come up with a similar substitute). Then use the web to see what you can learn about why it may be limited or false in some interesting way. If you already know a lot about the domain, keep searching until you come up with something you didn't already know. Can you trust what you've found on the web?

When you are finished, we will come back together as a group to discuss what you have found.

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This page was prepared by: David M. Marcovitz, Ph.D.

Last updated: January 7, 2013

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