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The website article “Ok Google Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?” raises some attention grabbing questions for educators. For instance, does all the information at our fingertips make us smarter, and do Google searches in response to complex questions eliminate critical thinking on the part of students?  According to author Zhai Yun Tan, early research indicates that the effects of using search engines on our brains is inclusive and contested.  Nevertheless, educators are naturally concerned that creativity and concentration span are at risk.  For me, the most interesting piece of information here is that older adults who use search engines have brains that are two times more active than those who don’t. My take away from this article is that I would like to discuss more the side-effects of technology with students in my class.

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/02/05/465699380/ok-google-where-did-i-put-my-thinking-cap

 

 

 

 

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