There is a common myth that we do not need to know anything any more because we can just Google information when we need it. It is a myth because without knowledge it is difficult to know what to search for and it is difficult to process what we find. In addition, we can thinkwith dynamic knowledge in long-term memory in a way that we cannot think with inert knowledge on the internet and this overcomes the limitations of working memory.
Although we cannot substitute the internet for our brains, it is very useful for checking things. When I read the following in an article in the Times Educational Supplement (TES), my initial reaction was that it could not possibly be true:
“Dame Alison Peacock has said Ofsted’s definition of learning in its new inspection framework is based on cognitive load theory, which has been tested on university students…
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