I've written about google before - all that you can do there and what it offers.
Today, just have some questions to throw out there after rewatching a fav. singer Raul Midon and his "All The Answers" .
In many situations, the teacher has been replaced as the repository of knowledge, replaced by google (and to be honest, not many other search engines compete)and many online websites/pages. What does this mean for teaching? I'm sure just like how the advent of the calculator didn't mean the end of math teaching, so too online resources/access won't end the role of the classroom teacher. However, there are some BIG questions to ask. Here are a few I have ....
1. Whose answers? Should we trust google or wikipedia or the smart guy on LinkedIN? How authoritative are they? Maybe the right answer, the smart answer, isn't on the first page of google search results - maybe it is buried on J Henry's page? Perhaps google has all the answers but which one is correct?
2. Google is good with facts but where does a fact end and a truth, a thought begin?
3. Teachers don't need to know the answers. But if they want to boast, are insecure, they can pretend to know the answers. A simple LMGTFY and it is done. The teacher remains the expert. What does this mean?
4. If the teacher's role isn't to be the source of knowledge/knowing, what is their new role? If the teacher needn't be an expert, what does a teacher need to be?
5. To know is one thing, to understand another and to doubt yet another thing. So what is the role of doubt in all this access to information? Where does a critical "shyte" detector come in and how do we prepare students with the digital literacy to smell a rat?
6. If everyone is learning online and looking things up, taking in "the world" - how will we know we know? Who will be the arbitrator of what is truth, what is knowledge? Is there any hope of being on the right path? Or should we just say there is no path but the one we are on?
7. If google has all the answers, who has all the questions?
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