Does Google Help Students Learn (or Just Think They Do?)

[It’s good to see research is now coming out that really looks at the “learning” behind Internet searching. Here’s an article published in Education Week that outlines the differences between pre-school, young, and post-high school researchers.]

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There’s no question that in the era of the smartphone, the Internet has become a go-to place to find out something in a hurry, but does “outsourcing your memory” actually help students learn new concepts, or does it just make people think they are smarter than they are?

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A little of both, find researchers at the annual Association for Psychological Science conference here. In a symposium on the effects of students’ online searches, several studies looked at how using the Internet affects both the way we remember and the way we think about what we learn.

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