I asked the media specialist, Mrs. Williams, if there were any maps of the school available, preferably one with the building’s dimensions. Being that I was a regular in the library, one who often requested odd things like books about UFOs or sound clips of a mandolin, Mrs. Williams did not even blink at my request…it wasn’t until she was about to hand me the blueprints to the school that she curiously inquired as to why I needed a map of the school. Needless to say, I did not leave with the map that day, but instead left with a lecture about not taking shortcuts (a nice euphemism for cheating) and the importance of doing work as assigned.
When the Answers Can be Googled, You're Asking the Wrong Questions
Too often people confuse difficulty with value, and tasks that have been made easy by technology are somehow less valuable. It is more difficult - or at least takes more time – to manually insert citations and write/type a bibliography, than it is to use a service such as EasyBib; however, there truly is no value in having to lookup citation formats every time one writes a paper. Rather than spend time teaching how to cite, let technology take care of that mundane tasks and spend that time teaching actual research skills, such as resource analysis.
Moral of the Story: If a student finds a quicker or easier way to complete an assignment, whether thanks to technology or otherwise, think of it as progress - you now have a new method of teaching, and the student now has time to learn more stuff!
*As a side note, the 6th grade teachers in my district have a neat way of teaching ratios that not even Google (or a visit to the Media Center) can solve. Working in groups, each student has his picture taken next to an immeasurable object, e.g. a flag pole. After measuring themselves (in both real life and the picture) and the height of the object in the picture, the students then extrapolate the real height of the object by cross multiplication. The teachers even include an Excel lesson, by having the students create graphs from their final tables.