This response will include two main points. First, I will outline some of the key points the presenters outline during the group presentations. Next, I will share my conclusions about whether or not I agree disagree or disagree with the above statement.
My thoughts on the agree side (they should not teach stuff on google…..)
Nicole, Channing, and Jodie did fantastic job outlining some key advantages of NOT teaching things you can google. Access to technology was one point they made in which I would have to agree as many children these days have some sort of mobile device or computer . Children are relying too much on these devices and are often shorted from opportunities to critically think because of them. They argued teachers should be teaching students how to critically think and problem solve rather than how to look up things on google. In other words, we should not be filling them with knowledge, rather teaching them how to make choices, how to think, and how to collaborate. The Knowledge is obsolete, so now what?: Pavan Arora at TEDxFoggyBottom video that was used to support their stance was excellent and admitted that knowledge expires, and asks you to question your teaching practices. Overall, Nicole, Channing, and Jodie did an outstanding job supporting their stance.
Disagree Team ( they should teach stuff on google)
Next, Catherine, Amanda, and Shelby did an excellent job outlining some key point about the benefits of using google/technology daily in the classroom. The article they posted, Using Technology To Develop Students’ Critical Thinking Skills by Jessica Mansbach, was a great summary of how technology can benefit students ability to critically think. Contrary to the agree team, this article states that “online instructors can use technology tools to create activities that help students develop both lower-level and higher-level critical thinking skills” (Mansbach, 2015). Speaking from experience, I can agree with this. I have students who thrive off using google applications. There point they outline is to actually teach students how to evaluate the websites they find on google to see whether or not they are valid. This alone, allows students to critically think and decide whether or not the google site is appropriate. Leslie Harris O’Hanlon in her article, Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills, describes it perfectly when she states that “she is one of many teachers and librarians who are explicitly teaching online research skills, such as how to evaluate a website’s credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines and databases”(2013). Overall, I can see how learning these important skills can teach children how to be critical thinkers. Great job team!
Both sides this week did a fantastic job arguing the statement “schools should not focus on teaching things that can be googled” in our great debate! After discussions, and analysing the articles, I believe that technology/google should be used only as a supplement FOR our teaching. In other words, kids still need to learn how to collaborate, work with others, and be creative. Esther made an excellent point in our zoom session. She states that “I think that it depends on the age of the students. I believe that it is vital to have a strong foundation of skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking, communication. After these skills are strong then students should have the opportunity to follow their own interests and find their own info on google etc (Esther Maeers to Everyone: 07:32 PM).” I could not have said it any better! Integrating google and teaching research skills totally depends on the age of children as well their abilities.