How often have we asked students to "look it up" when they ask a question that we do not know the answer to? I know that personally I have told them to do that very thing many a time. At ITEC this year, I had the opportunity to hear David Warlick give his keynote address. I rather enjoyed his speech and especially the part about no longer teaching "technology" and to teach "literacy". He spoke about web literacy and I listened.
In class we have been discussing color and why the original "web safe" colors were limited to 256 colors. I told the students to search for the answer, but then I took it a step further and we talked about web literacy. David Warlick gave the classic example of the website www.martinluther.org. After showing students what to look for, the reveal is that the site is run by white supremacists. As a class we talked about what to look for and how to be literate about the Internet.
We then continued on with our Photoshop lesson of the day and ot done with time for the students to work on their assignments. I have to say it was a good day.