Making School Matter in the Age of Google

Middle school and high school students that struggle in school often site that finding a purpose in their education is difficult.  How do we make school matter in the age of Google it? Click here for more!   Marni Pasch -Academic Coach Team- Pasch Academic Coach  Podcast School Counselor Gone Rogue

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Making School Matter to students in a google world - Episode 032

Is technology stunting students ability to learn or a modern answer to “Use a dictionary?”

As an academic coach, I’ve recently found out something alarming. Many students don’t understand why they go to school or study. They are losing the sense of purpose in their education.

With Google and other software being handy for solving problems and providing answers to students’ questions- why should they be invested in learning and not the immediate answer?

Whether it’s a cookbook or a calculator, students now depend on the computer and the internet to figure out answers to their homework.

So, the big question is: why is the connection to learning lost? In episode 32 we talk about how we can make school matter to students when we live in a “Google it” world

Listen to the episode to explore these points:

  • Was there ever a time where you thought “I don’t need to know this, I have a tool.”The internet has given us an endless list of amazing solutions and answers. With your computer, you can learn how to cook a meal or how to solve a statistical problem. It saves time and makes life a lot easier.

  • You could Google just about anything, but it’s not going to stick in your brain. Using Google takes out the dialogue and communication that comes with breaking down learning materials. Googling is not connecting students to the material. There’s an increasing loss of deep understanding of learning resources since Google only provides some form of “instant gratification” i.e. quick answers which rarely stick when compared to actual classroom discussions

  • Is the internet taking away a connection to learning? Despite how beneficial Google is, the internet has become a form of “dark hole” which shuts off a student’s ability to ask questions. Is there a balance between students using technology and increasing their practice of questioning and learning?

  • What role does the teacher have in the classroom if students are leaning on technology to learn? Many teachers use software, as recommended by their Districts or Principals. Such technological advances have made the teaching and learning process somewhat stress-free - but at what cost?

Key points

  1. When you Google you’re not really learning something, it’s instant gratification.

  2. In some cases, we may be going over to internet learning too much, making learning feel obsolete.

  3. Students have the ability to change the future of education, but are they given the tools to think outside the box?

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    • “We need to start asking ourselves how we can love learning in the age of Google so we can pass that on to our kids.” -Marni

    In Closing

    In my new study skills’ course which is coming out this summer, I’m helping students find their connection to learning by providing the tools to help them create their own homework playbook.

    One section which really helps them is the “Building Your Study Toolkit,” and it teaches them that it is okay to find study tools and techniques that are outside of the box. As a curious kid myself, I believe that learning should be more than just books and information that you cannot question. You don’t have to do things in a traditional manner and you can pick and choose techniques that work for you. They just have to work- and you have to do SOMETHING.

    Students should be free to have a say and find answers that’d lead them on the path to awesomeness.

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    • What are the detriments to living in a “Google it” society?

    • How can students find a connection to education?

    • How do websites like Teachers Pay Teachers help and harm the classroom?



    Marni Pasch| Host of School Counselor Gone Rogue| Academic Coach | Team Pasch Academic Coaching

    I work with students in grades 6th and higher, who struggle with academic confidence and motivation. I help them survive school with less stress by helping them create concrete goals, tackle procrastination and learn creative study techniques. I empower students to take charge of their education and reach their goals. I do this through individual or group coaching so students achieve success in life, school, career readiness and their social endeavors.

    Academic Coaching available in Orlando, FL and Virtually across the United States