Google and the Great Debate

“Schools should not be teaching anything that can be googled: Agree or disagree?”

Another debate and another topic I thought I had my opinion on but now I have my doubts. The debate this week of whether or not schools should be teaching anything that can be googled is an interesting one. Before the debate I had a strong opinion that I was on the disagree side but I started to change my mind with this debate. While I haven’t fully changed my mind and am still mainly on the disagree side  McKayla’s debate made me question my thoughts a little bit more.

McKayla was tasked with the difficult side of agreeing and she did a very good job and posed a lot of good points. She mainly discussed the use of google within a math classroom. The idea she brought up a lot was memorization how that is what we may be teaching our students. The article she provided Memorizing the times tables is damaging to your child’s mind discussed the aspect that it may be better to allow students to learn ways of how to now the multiplication tables their own way. In my own learning while learning the multiplication tables through songs but that might not have worked for other students so allowing them to google other way may be beneficial to some students. It mentioned how using math worksheets that basically require memorization aren’t beneficial. I remember doing mad minutes and I basically just memorized certain questions without learning how to do them. You of course can also look at math formulas and of course a lot of us being math majors the mention of the quadratic formula and how it can just be googled.  The argument that McKayla made definitely made me think that maybe some things that can be googled shouldn’t take up time in the classroom to teach. I always think back to history class and dates. The dates to me were always memorization and I haven’t used them outside of my grade 11 and 12 history classes. Would it just be easier is students could just google the dates and teachers could teach more about the details instead of the dates? That’s a good question that there are many different aspects and opinions about and even for myself it is an interesting debate.

 

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Now the disagreeing side of the debate. Brooklynn was tasked with the side that I thought she’d easily have most of the votes, give or take a few. Ultimately I am on the disagree side and many good points were made. Again we can use the example of the quadratic formula. Of course we can just google this formula but how are we going to know if it is correct and how to use it. If I was to google the quadratic formula I would be able to know and memorize the formula but you wouldn’t know how to properly use the formula. Like Cassidy mentioned students wouldn’t know what a, b, and c represent in the formula. Jordyn mentioned when she googled the formula more than one came up and she was more confused than she was to begin with. While students are able to google these things how can we assure they are finding the right information and know how to use it. That is a huge reason why we should still teach things even though they can be googled. “In the Age of Google, Should School Teach Memorization Skills?” This article actually explained that sometimes memorization may be beneficial. Of course we can think of tests and how you don’t have access to google and sometimes need to know the formulas. While I don’t think that it is necessary to have students memorize a lot of information it is sometimes necessary for different situations. We mentioned how in jobs when their are sales you don’t always have a calculator and may need to be able to know how to calculate a percentage of an item. Then we have the article Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth. We of course know the power of fake news and by just having our students use google they may not be getting correct information. Take the article North Korea Lands First Ever Man On The Sun, Confirms Central News Agency. We of course know this isn’t true but some people may believe it.

While students may still use google I still believe that it is important for teachers to be teaching the students so they are getting the right information and to be able to know how to properly use it. Our two debaters did a fantastic job of this topic and really got people thinking!

 

 

 

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ESCI Braid

How can we explain a person as eco-literate? What an interesting question. I don’t think there is one correct way that we can define Eco-literacy or an Eco-literate person and it showed in our small groups while sharing our poems or love letters. In our small group we were able to see how each person took different ways to do the actual writing whether they did it as a poem or whether it was a letter. We were also able to see how each of us had a different perspectives in regards to the themes of our writings. Throughout the group readings there were a lot of similar and different themes and thoughts.

“Will you hold the end of the bundle while I braid? Hands joined by grass, can we bend our heads together and make a braid to honor the earth? And then I’ll hold it for you, while you braid, too” (Kimmerer, 2013).

In my own way to describe an eco-literate person I wrote a love letter to my dog Tucker. I wrote themes of protection and respect in my letter which is one main theme that stood out to me in some of my classmates readings. One of my classmates that was similar to my own was Rashelle. Rashelle also wrote a letter to her dog. The ways that we explained our dogs being eco-literate was their love for the outside world. Rashelle said in her letter, “If more people could see the environment through possibly the purest lens, your eyes, it would look entirely different, and we wouldn’t have to worry about losing our home.” I made a similar statement when I said “You inspire me every day to continue to protect the environment, so you forever have a place to explore.”  The way that a dog is eco-literate would be different than a human. The innocence of a dog not knowing the world could come crumbling down around them is proof the world should be protected. Thinking about how a dog is pure to the world made me think that their is hope for our planet. It made me think that if people could love and respect the environment like a dog does we can help to make the planet to be in better shape and to help put an end to climate change.

Regan’s stood out to me in a way that was different from anyone else in the class. She wrote hers to an Indigenous person. While the theme or respect was similar the way of respect was different. Regan made her post of how she thought Indigenous people are eco-literate and it’s not something I thought of in my post but it is true. She said “Respecting, all that earth has to offer, Utilizing every natural element for every aspect of life.” What stood out to me was that we now to do not use everything we take. We often use way more than is given to us and it is taking away from our environment. It made me sad how people have lived on this planet for so many years and then we are ruining it. It also gives me hope for when students like us understand this and take that leap to make a difference.

From my own letter and reading and hearing other students poems and letter it has made me think that bold claim that “All education is Environmental Education.” It made me think of Robin Kimmerer’s story of how she took her own students out to experience the environment in a hands on way. I think that having more hands on environmental education can help people to understand that they need to take that leap to better our planet.

“This braid is woven from three strands: indigenous ways of knowing, scientific knowledge, and the story of an Anishinabekwe scientist trying to bring them together in service to what matters most” (Kimmerer, 2013).

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions

Luypaert, R. (2018). Eco-literate poem – No judgement zone. Retrieved February 11, 2018, from https://reganluypaert.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/eco-literate-poem-no-judgement-zone/

Parcher, R (2018). CJ #3: Dear Max. Retrieved February 12, 2018, from https://rashelleparcher.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/cj-3-dear-max/

Roney, R. (2018). Ecoliterate love letter: Dear Tucker.. Retrieved February 12, 2018, from https://missroneysblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/ecoliterate-love-letter-dear-tucker/

 

 

 


 


 

 

Does Technology in the classroom enhance learning?

The great debate #1: Technology in the classroom enhances learning.

Going into this debate I had my mind set that I agreed with this statement and nothing was going to change my mind. While I didn’t change my mind completely Melanie’s argument made me think maybe technology isn’t as perfect as it’s portrayed to be. Melanie made me think about how if students don’t have technology at home then there is a learning process for them to learn at school. She explained about the cost and that technology can break. The Disadvantages of Technology in Classroom made a good point that schools may buy technology before the teachers are equipped to use them. For example take the SmartBoard. Teachers don’t know how to use them and then they turn into a glorified bulletin board. You of course always run the chance of having students being distracted by technology but in my mind its not realistic to keep it out of the classroom. The Disadvantages of Technology in Classroom

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mentions that having problems with takes away from classroom time. There Are No Technology Shortcuts to Good Education brings the thought of how just because you use technology doesn’t mean it makes what you are learning better. I think sometimes people think that just because you have a PowerPoint or a video it makes it better but its not the case.

 

Webster’s argument was the one that I believed I would completely agree with and for the most I still agreed with him but no longer as strongly.  Benefits of Technology in the Classroom provided interesting points as to how it can prepare students for their future. I think this is an interesting point as knowing how to properly use technology can prove beneficial to students in their futures. Of course adding technology can help add and interest factor and have students more engaged.  Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad mentions how most students have access to technology in their own lives.  There are of course ways that technology can improve students learnings but like I said already it shouldn’t be used just to use technology!

 

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Ecoliterate love letter: Dear Tucker..

Dear Tucker,

You are the most ecoliterate person I know. Your love for nature inspires me constantly. You question why you cannot be outside constantly even on the most bitter day in the dead of winter. Your cries and tears of sadness on those long cold days breaks my heart and I know the you are happy with those few minutes outside. The outdoors is your happy place no matter the temperature. Even when you get stuck in the middle of the snow and need to be carried into the house you could not be happier. Your ears are always wide open to the sounds of the birds chirping and the squirrel nattering. You are a constant protector of those birds and squirrels and are filled with curiosity with them. You bask in the rays and the heat in the warmest of days. You protect and honor the trees and the fruits that they give. You never take more than they give and only once it had fallen to the ground as if to not let it go to waste. You never let one scent be missed with your nose always straight up in the air. You investigate every last raindrop, snowflake, and breeze. The stillness you have while laying in the grass deepens your connections. Your happiness is when the breeze blows through your fur and the blades of grass through your paws. You make the world a better place for always wanting to walk instead of drive. You never take no for an answer and are never satisfied with the answers you are given. You don’t like to bathe or swim, but you have no problem wading through the puddles outside. You explore every last corner leaving no stone unturned. You inspire me every day to continue to protect the environment, so you forever have a place to explore.

You and your Identity. Digital Identity.

 

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Before taking EDTC I had always thought it would be best to stay off social media or to have your social media accounts set to private. I have heard many education students say how they have made their social media accounts private before going into the classroom. Now this would have been my initial thoughts and feelings before, but this is not the case anymore. Knowing that we really only have one identity whether it is online or offline it is important to be posting appropriate and professional content that you would be okay with your employers and your students seeing.

The school’s role in helping students to develop a positive digital identity is to help to provide classes and education about creating a positive digital identity and to help to teach the student ways to create a positive digital identity. Schools could provide more classes like EDTC that teach students about the use of technology and how to start to create a positive digital identity.

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The teachers role in helping students to develop a positive digital identity should be to give them a good example. Everything we are learning in class in helping us to create a positive digital identify and it will help us to teach our students how to create their own positive digital identity. Teachers could help to teach their students about the dangers and the importance of learning what not to put online. Some of the things that we are doing in our own class like the blogs and twitter accounts could be helpful to help our own students to create their own digital identity.

 

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I think that for our society to move toward a different, more forgiving, understanding of digital footprints is to understand that people and students are still learning about their digital identity and are going to make mistakes but that those mistakes don’t necessarily

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define them. To be more understanding of digital footprints will require people to learn about the benefits and the downfalls of it and how it is created.  It will require constant learning and teaching and it is important to be open-minded about the whole concept.