Google Fail

So I was in class today, marking a small homework assignment while the class worked on an essay assignment. While marking, I noticed that quite a few kids had the wrong answer for who the current Mayor of Ottawa is – a good chunk (maybe a third) of the class put the previous Mayor, Larry O’Brien.

So I thought – ok, why are they writing this? If they did not know that Jim Watson was our mayor, why would they write Larry O’Brien?


Therefore, my instincts told me to google it.

This is what happened:


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What a google fail!! Β It is not like we just had an election or anything – Jim Watson has been the mayor for over a year! I did report the error to Google, but as of 7:30pm, it had not been changed. Even if I google “mayor of Ottawa” it shows Larry O’Brien

Super disappointing fail there Google!

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  1. Nicole

    Oh google! I thought you knew everything! I can’t trust you anymore!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)


  2. Nikki

    Goes to show that Google isn’t always a good source – good lesson for your students! (Check your facts, folks!)

    And anyways, who cares about Ottawa? It’s not like it’s the capital of the U.S.’s largest trading partner or any….wait. Yeah, Google, get on that. πŸ˜‰

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      hehe πŸ™‚

      Yup – we had a “teachable moment” when I discovered google’s error!


    That’s crazy! What a teachable moment, though! You can’t trust what you read on the internet all the time!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Nope, not at all!

      It was a great teachable moment!

  4. Amy @ Writing While Running

    Oh how crazy. I agree with Stephanie! Use it as a teachable moment.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      oh, I did!

      Stopped the class right there and explained (again) about how to conduct research and check sources


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