May 8, 2015 by Scott McLeod 2 Comments
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How many of our questions can Google and Siri answer?
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I think this is a prime reason we must change how we do things as teachers. Asking students to complete worksheets or providing low-level thinking questions only allows them to practice typing questions into Siri or Google and copying exactly what they see, often without even reading or comprehending the answer to the question. Providing authentic, simulated tasks instead would deter students from this practice.
This helps prove why education, in particular teaching strategies, need to change and need to be more appropriate to meet the needs of our 21st century learners. The age old question of “when will I ever use this in life?” is now being changed to “Why do I have to do this, I can just google it?”. It is the responsibility of the school leaders to ensure that their teachers are prepared and knowledgeable of strategies to meet the learning expectations of our students. This includes the ability to think and communicate critically and deeply about different topics. If teachers are not provided relevant and adequate training on new strategies to address 21st century learning expectations then students will continue to be taught the way they always have and change will never take place.
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