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“Overall, teachers who participated in this study characterize the impact of today’s digital environment on their students’ research habits and skills as mostly positive…”
On the other hand those surveyed said this:
“some teachers worry about students’ overdependence on search engines; the difficulty many students have judging the quality of online information; the general level of literacy of today’s students; increasing distractions pulling at students and poor time management skills; students’ potentially diminished critical thinking capacity; and the ease with which today’s students can borrow from the work of others.”
The findings in the excerpt above leave me with the following questions:
- Who is responsible for teaching students how to judge the quality of online information?
- Whose definition of literacy are we using here?
- How many educators can meet NCTE’s definition of literacy?
- Are students distracted because of technology or because of boring lessons/assignments?
- Can’t increased access help us improve the critical thinking capacity of our students?