Schools should not focus on teaching things that can be googled…What do YOU think?

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 The Knowledge is obsolete, so now what?: Pavan Arora at TEDxFoggyBottom video that was used to support their stance was excellent and admitted that knowledge expires, and asks you to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!

                    My Conclusion
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.

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Here is my STANCE on whether or not technology enhances learning!

This is was our week to debate! My team and I disagreed with this statement “Technology enhances learning in the classroom”. BOTH teams did a fantastic job arguing whether technology enhancing learning in the classroom. Although I do no fully agree with the fact it does not enhance learning, I believe we made some very valid points about the negative effects that it can have. The article I found is called Negative Effects Of Technology in the Classroom by Timothy Smithee. His article spoke to me as it outlines four easy to understand points about the negative effects of technology in the classroom. First, he admits that technology is a significant cost for any school or school division who decides to put their time and effort into integrating it into schools. In addition, he admits that “to the initial purchase costs, there are costs for maintaining networks, maintaining the computers and routinely upgrading the hardware and software”(Smithee). In the school division I work for, providing technology for all students body and being able to maintain the devices is not reasonable. Next, he argues that if all time and effort is spent on utilizing technology, other subjects will suffer such as arts and phys.ed, ect. He refers to this as diversion of resources. Third, he states that “students may be more enthusiastic about studying a subject if they are preparing a PowerPoint presentation or a video clip instead of a written essay” (Smithee). In saying that, many times students are more interested in the presentation itself rather than actually researching the topic. In my opinion, the knowledge students gain from the research they do is more valuable than the actually presentation. Lastly, he points out that technology can cause student distraction. This I can 100% speak too. Many times I have caught many children off task on the computer. Kids on youtube, roblox, minecraft, youtube are just a few examples of what I have caught children on in the past when they are in fact supposed to be working on an assignment. In saying that, monitor and supervising every child on the computer is not possible. Overall, I think Smithee makes some great arguments of the negative effects technology can have!

 

Technology does NOT enhance learning in the classroom!

Check this out!!

Article: Negative Effects of Using Technology in Today’s Classroom
Written by: Timothy Smithee

Link: https://itstillworks.com/negative-effects-using-technology-todays-classroom-1549.html

Annotation: Smithee acknowledges that there can be many benefits to integrating technology into the classroom setting. However, he admits that there has been several studies done that prove there can be many negative effects on children who use technology in the classroom. Smithee then out lines four of these negative effects. They include cost, diversion of resources, limited learning, as well student distraction.