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Learning task 1: Possible starter

 Outline the unit to the students. If possible have students in groups enter the word "war" into a variety of search engines. Allocate a different search engine to each group, such as:

  • Google
  • Alta Vista
  • Yahoo
  • Dog Pile
  • Access NZ
  • Hot Bot
  • Infoseek

Based on a quick scan of the first 5 sites returned by each search engine, have each group report back their answers to the following questions:

  • If aliens landed and their only source of information about war was the internet, what would they learn about war?
  • Is war always about military conflict – what other types of wars are there?
  • What are, or have been, the most important wars?
  • What powerful words and images are associated with war?
  • What generalisations could you make about (1) war and (2) the internet?

Published on: 06 Apr 2009