Is Technology Killing Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills?

My previous post called, “Innovation and Creativity” in which I referred a Sir Ken Robinson Ted Talk titled, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”, I made the statement…
” I believe in the importance of innovation and creativity and that they can be enhanced with sharing and collaboration – all of which can be enabled and supported by today’s technological tools.” 

I was recently reading a ‘Point/Counterpoint’ article in the  Learning & Leading with Technology Journal, August 2010 Issue, in which contributors voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question of “Is Technology Killing Critical-Thinking Skills?“.  There were arguments made by educators on both sides of the issue.  This idea sparked this post as I thought it would be interesting to see what all of you think about a similar question as posed in the online poll below.   Before voting, please consider viewing the point/counterpoint at the above link and some of the links below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C84WHVGod-E – Myths and Opportunities, Technology in the Classroom

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/  – This link provided by Lisa – thank you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suWzpLmRH0g&p=8E04F3AD2CDEC0F9&playnext=1&index=19 – Evolution of Teaching and Learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU – Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson – as listed on ECI831 wiki

Feel free to elaborate on your vote in the comment section of this post and/or share some other links in support of your answer.  🙂

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~ by lewisv on October 24, 2010.

3 Responses to “Is Technology Killing Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills?”

  1. Just a quick note as I’m reading that the Point/Counterpoint link has a problem with the URL.

  2. I notice in the point/counterpoint that both authors actually agree that technology is good – Alfred Thompson is not genuinely saying “yes” to the question of whether technology is killing critical thinking. He’s saying if technology is poorly used it’s no good. We need someone who’s really actually critical of what technology is doing to our mental processes, like Nicholas Carr, or some of the sources cited by William Powers.

    They would say that yes, technology is dumbing us down, and killing creativity (we do mashups rather than more original creations) and critical thinking (letting echo chambers on the web do our reflecting for us). I see a great deal of value in their point of view, and in what brain research shows us, particularly in people’s use of the web.

    But of course a lot of it is still in the way we use technology. If we use it to do our thinking and creating for us, then yes, it will kill our theinking and creativity.

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