This week in EDTC400 we debated whether or not we should be teaching material that can be Googled. This left me pondering the line of what can and can’t we Google? To my understanding if you can put it into words you can Google it. So following my logic, we stop teaching because everything in the curriculum is in words so therefore can be Googled. (I guess I’m already voicing my opinion on this without explicitly saying it. ) In that case what’s the point of teaching if you can just Google it? I know I’m pessimistic but even after the debate I still feel this way.
By letting a group decide what can and can’t be Googled we are giving them the power to tell us what is and isn’t important. Because we are allowing them to remove content from what we are assessing in the classroom.
One of the articles that Sydney shared with us titled Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education states:
“Any standard room in a Holiday Inn is better than the best facilities in an emperor’s room in the 15th century. Air conditioning, hot and cold running water, toilets that flush, TV and the internet. The middle class lives better today than any emperor ever did. Going back to horse-drawn vehicles is not the solution to our traffic problems and pollution. Beating children into submission will not solve the problem of educational disengagement.”
So basically we live better now then a king did in the 1400’s, so why would we go back to living that way when we have all these things now that make life so much better. Drawing a parallel to education, that we aren’t going to go back to beating children into submission when we have so many resources to make their learning better. We should be using the technology that is in our space but isn’t it a step backwards to remove a teacher to replace them with a Google machine?
While in one of the articles that Aurora shared with us titled, How Google Impacts The Way Students Think, shares with us this idea that students who “Google it” tend to find the solution to the problem and then they are done. Students won’t go further to understand why it is that way, or question what they have found, they found the solution so why care about that other stuff when you can just Google it when you need again? But isn’t it easier to understand how a chemical reaction works then it is to Google it, and relearn the whole process.
I believe that we still need to teach content that can be Googled (because it can all be Googled) but that we still need to give students an opportunity to find their own solutions first. We should be giving them thought provoking questions related to the topic where they can begin to find a solution and we can guide them in the correct direction, but there are still somethings that need to be taught. I know as a student if you would have told me that I needed to Google in order to learn about World War 2 I would have been lost, confused and frustrated, would have given up and never learnt anything. Teachers still need to be there if you are asking students to learn on their own because it’s hard to learn from a Google search as they are often over-whelming and hard to understand.