Should teachers focus on teaching material that can be easily googled? Sydney and Aurora did a nice job debating both sides of the argument. As for me, I personally think that there needs to be a balance between the two – but we’ll get to that.
Sydney’s arguments (Teach Non-Googleable material):
- Students will not need to focus so heavily on the memorization portion of education. Instead, they are able to practice their critical thinking skills and have the potential of better overall understanding, rather than solely memorizing facts. This ties into the Blooms Taxonomy and the student’s ability to get higher than just base level.
- Technology has changed a great deal throughout the past few years, though instruction and curriculum have stayed stagnant. In general, students are still taught to read and regurgitate information. If teachers were to offer students the opportunity to spend time learning in a deeper context, perhaps they may thrive and take control of their learning.
- Time. It is a lot more time efficient to allow students to use the Google search engine when they need it and have them focus largely on the things that really matter, the problem solving. Sydney used the example of teaching the Pythagorean Theorem. Instead of wasting time having students memorize the formula, why not offer them a resource that they could use to find it on their own? This opens up a lot more time for students to focus on applying their knowledge and frees up the teacher to make adaptations or clarifications for those who need it most.
- Focusing on big picture and broad scope ideas will help students develop the skills that they need for real life and the work force.
Aurora’s Arguments (Teach Googleable Material):
- Due to the 2.5 Quintilian Bytes of data that is created each day, there is a lot of data that may be skewed or wrong. Therefore, teachers need to make sure that their students are exposed to the correct information.
- Teaching students factual information in class may help them better recall it in the future. Aurora explained that the students who knew that they could rely on looking up information tended to forget it easier.
- Keeping Googleable material in the classroom allows for the teacher to continue to inspire and encourage their students. Without focusing so heavily on technology based learning, teachers can focus on their passion and mentoring students throughout their learning journey.
- Being able to quickly google information has masked a lack of skill for students out there. Instead of figuring something out, students are able to do a quick google search that fixes their problem immediately.
So what did my peers think?
I’m not going to lie, this surprised me! I was confident that everyone would say that schools should not focus on things that should be googled. If you didn’t guess already, I’m part of the blue on both polls…
Here’s my school of thought on this topic, though. Just like Sydney had mentioned, I think that teachers need to allow students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. I agree so much with the idea of offering students a place to find key information so that it helps them with their higher order thinking skills. For example, as a teacher, maybe I create a slideshow presentation that holds all the formulas we have used so far in numeracy. From there, the student is given the tools that they need and has the opportunity to show me what they can do with them — that is what I’m interested in! I think that this way of teaching is much more efficient, as students now have live resources. I also think that this is better because it is a step further in terms the future. I think that it’s going to become more and more of the teacher’s job to adapt to technology and figure out the best way to support their learners. To me, it sounds like google takes care of a lot of the little things and we can collectively focus on life’s biggest questions.
Thanks for reading,