English 518 Course Blog

April 10, 2007

Are College Students Techno Idiots?

Filed under: Uncategorized — natb07 @ 9:41 pm

Well, I don’t know if I would exactly call them idiots, but the article does make some valid arguments.  I think it’s time to start teaching these students how to research and evaluate information.  It’s not that they are idiots, it’s probably that they’ve never been taught how to evaluate information. You would think that a college student would know all about research, but the truth is many of them don’t.  Give them Google and the Wikipedia and you’ve got yourself a research paper.  Educators need to stop making it so easy for these students. Give them assignments that gets them into research, and when they can’t find the information teach them how to find it.  Let’s not call them idiots, rather we should give them the tools needed to overcome this so called “techno idiot” status.

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2 Comments »

  1. Dear Natbo7,

    I whole-heartedly agree with you about this “techno-idiot” label. It is very difficult to get blood from a turnip, if there was never any in the turnip. How can the students be blamed when those in the educational world are responsible for facilitating knowledge? Students seem to be acting out or responding to what they know—just prior knowledge. It seems they know the means to acquire information, but from that point on, they don’t know what to do with the information. What does this convey about their learning? Students do need to be taught good research skills as well as literacy information skills. This has to be practiced. As educators, we have to do more than show our students how to turn on the computer. These students are not “idiots”; they are surrounded by so much information and technology and don’t know what to do with either!

    Comment by spiders8 — April 12, 2007 @ 6:14 am | Reply

  2. I am in complete agreement with the points made by natb07 and spiders8. It is the overwhelming of information and techology that should be blamed for students’ lost in doing research. As teachers, we should provide them with proper guides and instructions on how to assess and filter information, how to properly incorporate them into their research.

    Comment by huihuiwu — April 24, 2007 @ 7:03 pm | Reply


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