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Nobel Winner: Youth can Search Very Well

Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist at Princeton University.

…the sense many of us are getting that when we are bathed in information (it is not really snippets of information, we need the metaphor of living in a liquid that is constantly changing in flavor and feel) we no longer know precisely what we have learned, nor do we know where our thoughts come from, or indeed whether the thoughts are our own or absorbed from the bath…

Will all this change what it is like to be human? Will it change what consciousness is like? There must be people out there who study teenagers who have lived in this environment all their life, and they should be the one to tell us. The only teenagers I know well are my grandchildren, and that is not enough of a sample. They use computers a lot, but it has not made them very different. Of course they read much less, and they have a sense of how knowledge is organized that I can only envy — I keep being frustrated by how much better young people are at the task of searching.source

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(Very Short) Essay Contest

NOTE: This contest is over. The deadline was Friday, November 13th, 2009. Thank you to the students who submitted essays. We’ll announce the winners soon.

Our Digital Literacy Contest tests how well people find and evaluate information online. These are only two parts of ‘digital literacy.’ What about synthesizing?

This fall we’re offering $250 in cash scholarships for a (very short) essay contest. Deadline Fri Nov 13, 2009. Open to all current students at these universities (not just those involved in the Digital Literacy Contest). Here’s the official prompt:

We’re the first generation to grow up immersed in cyberspace. How does this change intelligence – our memories, attention spans, as well as our abilities to focus, reflect and synthesize? Specifically, shape your argument as a response to Nicholas Carr’s Is Google Making Us Stupid? and Jamais Cascio’s Get Smarter. Argue persuasively and concisely in 300 – 500 words. Educators and policy makers need to know what our generation thinks about this issue. Tell them.

Email completed essays to Our team will select one winner from each of these five universities. Each winner will be mailed a check for $50. Formatting of text doesn’t matter. University staff are welcome to participate but are not eligible for prizes. All submitted essays will get a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license, and the best will be put online:

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.

You may also wish to use/reference this background material:

Good luck! =)

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How to Win the Digital Literacy Contest

Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information online. In our Digital Literacy Contest students compete to answer questions using the Internet an library databases. These questions come in five categories. Study the websites listed below to improve your chances of winning greatly.

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Digital Literacy Contests this fall

Student registering for the Digital Literacy Contest at the University of Florida

We’re organizing and promoting nine DLCs this fall. Daniel will be couchsurfing around North America and speaking at each contest.

  • University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (10/6/09)
  • University of Florida (10/8/09)
  • Pennsylvania State University (10/13/09)
  • Western Illinois University (10/22/09)
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (four different campuses):
    • Palliser (10/27/09)
    • Kelsey (10/28/09)
    • Woodland (10/29/09)
    • Wascana (11/3/09)

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