Can you kill a goat by staring at it?

This year’s $1 million TED Prize was awarded to a novel educational project that encourages small groups of children to work together, using the internet to answer big questions that interest them, while adult mediators intervene as little as possible in the children’s learning. In this post, I take a close look at the merits and limitations of this approach, and review some surprising examples of how children can go astray when they rely on the internet for answers to their questions.

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