In my digital competence class a few weeks ago, we discussed whether or not our access to digital tools is making our memory weaker. In todays digital world it can be argued that there is simply no need for us anymore to remember facts, numbers, contact information or important dates, because our smart phone or Google can tell us in no time. It has also become a habit of many of us to just take a picture or a screen shot of something we need to remember instead of writing it down! Does this sound familiar to you?
I believe that when we take pictures, or trust Google to find the information, we are simply telling our brain that there is no need to remember, because we have stored it elsewhere. But is this making out memory weaker? Or are we just using our “storage-space” in a different way?
A challenge is also that many students believe that Google has all the answers, and that they are all correct! Hey, chances are that us teachers even Googled the last piece of information we were looking for (though hopefully with a more critical eye).
Some therefore argue that Google is changing the way we think and remember. But how does this happen? And how can Google really impact our brain? Check out the infographic from www.onlinecolleges.net below to learn more!