Teachers often warn students not to complete their assignments from the internet, because often students try to plagiarise or even cite websites, which are not worth mentioning or incorrect for a particular work. Since this new media of internet and its whole web of knowledge is recent, teachers are not too sure of their instructions for students either. However, internet is indeed a good learning media, if used properly.
For kids looking for helpful sites, like Easybib to find proper citations and reference material for their assignments, citing Wikipedia and YouTube has become quite common. Way too much than rather it should be the case. An interesting ethnographic study found that students rely on Google for their research database than any other website. Since Googling words or search terms relevant to their assignments turned up all kinds of links, the top ones being Wikipedia and YouTube, they don’t bother to go beyond these often and cite them for their purposes.
According to Google experts, most adults have trouble finding the material they really do want for their learning purposes, then school kids are bound to also face a difficult time. This also highlights the need to introduce courses and subjects related to and based on digital literacy as in today’s world of growing media, it has become almost necessary to do that. When kids can use the internet for fun and games and other leisure activities, they sure should learn to use it for their educational and academic benefits too.
Also, there is a fear that exists that internet might actually dumb down students as they won’t refer to books, which are still the primary sources of information and knowledge. May be developing journals and magazine works and asking students to work on these with research based only on books should be encouraged.
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