By Jack Kenny
Few things are more important than teaching students how to deal with the oceans of information that surround them. So far there hasn't been much success. Information skills should be a top priority, so any attempt to help deserves serious consideration.
NetTrekker is a US-based company allied with Atomic Learning. Its aim is to sell subscriptions to a "safe" search engine that will only produce "the right results". In other words, to reduce the ocean of information to a pond. Some will find that proposition attractive – after all, the Internet can be a university, a swamp, a maze, a hall of mirrors or a sleazy back street. Some way of helping students to deal with that is necessary but should it be a walled garden?