According to dictionary.com
[goo-guhl] noun, verb, Goo·gled,Goo·gling.
2. (often lowercase) to search the Internet for information about(a person, topic, etc.):
I don’t want my son’s first and only way of researching anything to be using a search engine. He is five and it is the perfect time for me to set some basic understandings. Last night we were having a debate about how to pronounce something in French. He is an expert now, after only a half year in his French school, and constantly correcting me on my pronunciation. After him insisting it was his way and me insisting it was my way, I jumped up to go get my French verbs book to look up the spelling so I could type it into my iPhone application and get the pronunciation. As I got up, I said, “I’ll just google it.”
I went to my bookshelf and grabbed the 501 French Verbs book. I looked up our word, typed it into my application and got a pronunciation that was a combination of my right and his right. We both listened twice and smiled.
So, we are both wrong.
We practiced the pronunciation and then for the teaching moment, I followed with:
See, when you don’t know something you just google it (as I held up my book).
Him: Um. What does google mean?
Me: It means to look something up.
The seed is planted!
He will know the Dewey Decimal System. He will know how to find a book in the library. He will know what an encyclopedia is. He will have a real dictionary…several…hard copy.
He will know how to use technology. He will know how to survive without it.