Google generation can ‘forget about it’


The Daily Telegraph:

For generations of pupils, learning key historical dates, places, and names off by heart has been the bastion of academic success. But for today’s youngsters, tedious rote learning is pointless because such basic facts are only a mouse click away via Google, Wikipedia and online libraries, according to writer and businessman Don Tapscott.

Tapscott, author of the best-selling book Wikinomics and a champion of the “net generation”, suggests a better approach would be to teach children to think creatively so they could learn to interpret and apply the knowledge available online. The Canadian business executive said: “Teachers are no longer the fountain of knowledge; the internet is.

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Google generation can ‘forget about it’

  1. I think that Tapscott correctly points out the phenomenon, but misses the outcome slightly when he says it means teachers are no longer the “fountain of knowledge.”

    Calculators, for example, have reduced the amount of math that we do in our heads, but they haven’t taught us what to do with those numbers.

    I never really thought of knowledge as facts and figures, but more as the complexities and relationships that are behind them.

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