The New York Times reported that “more than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs.” The May 13, 2017 report entitled “How Google Took Over the Classroom” included the observation that Google has taken over replaced “Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps.” As a result:
In doing so, Google is helping to drive a philosophical change in public education — prioritizing training children in skills like teamwork and problem-solving while de-emphasizing the teaching of traditional academic knowledge, like math formulas. It puts Google, and the tech economy, at the center of one of the great debates that has raged in American education for more than a century: whether the purpose of public schools is to turn out knowledgeable citizens or skilled workers.
What do you think of Googlification? No doubt Googlification is an interesting social change that neither Apple nor Microsoft managed to divert!
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