The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan has warned that internet search engines are not a “substitute for knowledge” and technology cannot replace good teachers.
While the education secretary said she and her government were “excited” by the possibilities that technology could offer the profession, she warned that it could not be a replacement for good teaching.
“We have made it clear over the last six years in government that knowledge is the key to excellent educational outcomes,” Ms Morgan said at the education technology conference Bett in East London today.
“A rigorous curriculum, putting the right foundations in place, alongside high-quality assessments are the embodiment of that. Probably the worst attitude we can take is that access to search engines is somehow a substitute for knowledge. It isn’t…”
Where do you stand on the need for knowledge in the era of virtually permanent access to the internet at all times?
Is it the case that your ability to access and use information from the internet is based to some degree on the amount of knowledge you already have?
Or do we still need to embrace much greater levels of change in how we approach learning these days because of it?
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