"Since Google, students need an answer quickly, so they don't know how to use aglossary or index. They want something right away, and to look back to a previousparagraph is too much effort."and"At times it may end up giving people a real quick fix to a problem and they may not beactually forced to think it through."He’s actually saying two things here. First, that students in some cases are seekingquick answers that others have created – received wisdom, so to speak - so they don’thave to undergo the intolerable mental stress of building interlocking edifices ofconjectures that lead to principles. And second, he’s saying that not only have studentsin some cases lost their desire to undertake the heavy intellectual lifting that is part ofthe traditional learning process … they’ve also even lost the ability to personally seekfor answers. After all, why read or even scan an old-fashioned dead tree tome when amulticolored electronic butler will do it for you?That’s a serious challenge to an education system. Regardless of whether teachers areusing digital or analog tools, if students don’t want to figure out the answer and alsowon’t strain themselves to find it personally, teaching anything beyond search andretrieval skills starts to sound like a significantly difficult uphill battle.This veteran teacher’s statement sounds eerily similar to comments reported bytechnology writer and author Nicholas Carr, who wrote the widely-discussed article IsGoogle Making Us Stupid in mid-2008. In it, Carr cites pathologist and educator BruceFriedman, who recently confessed that he has now “almost totally lost the ability to readand absorb a longish article on the web or in print."What's going on here?Some researchers have suggested that it's easier to teach (and to learn)
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is factsmarshalled, corralled, organized, combined with deep understanding and exploited inthe service of a goal.Does Google privilege about over how? Or is that just continuing a native humantendency? This is something to study further. But we know from as early as McLuhanthat media are NOT neutral.We're not going to solve this today, but it is worth noting that many researchers alsobelieve that digital technologies are unleashing significant educational a opportunity.Fischer and Konomi talk about technology and media helping us to “transcend