"There is no excuse for not knowing something."It happened when Joey and I were designing the plumbing for some rain barrels. We don't know anything about plumbing or rain barrels for that matter. We read research online, watch videos, and looked at pictures--we could probably start a rain barrel consulting firm at this point.
There are some major implications for education in this new world. Why do we stress memorization in school? How much school-organized PD training do teachers really need? How can schools and libraries stay relevant in a world when all of the collective known knowledge is floating in the ether?
Whether you want to build rain barrels, learn French, or find a better way to teach fractions--all you need is a computer, a connection, and the motivation to explore. There is no valid excuse for not knowing something that you want/need to know... besides laziness. It sounds harsh, but its true. In addition, ubiquitous information also raises the bar both professionally and personally. We should expect excellence, especially in our professional lives. The cliche' 'where there is a will, there is a way' has never been more true. By the way, Panama City is closer to Indianapolis by 48.4 miles. Thanks Google.