Learning with Google: Is it really sinking in?

During research into the early topics of ALC203 my interest was sparked by what affect digital media had upon learning? It resulted in a considerable contemplation about how I consumed media in the past 15 years and what the difference was between my ‘High School self’ and the notion of learning now at University.

I discovered during this project that we’re already equipped to handle digital media and Google in particular, however ultimately it’s up to the user whether they’re able to gain the most from such a source of information.

During early planning stages and weighing up the effects of ‘winging it’ upon the final product, a script seemed a vital choice. It resulted in the foundation of everything that the video could become. With a ‘read-through’ draft completed: narration could be recorded, images sourced to suit the narrative – work could commence.

One of the initial dominant ideas I had while deciding upon my topic involved a screen absorbed with footage of Google searches. Ultimately, I screen captured footage of myself entering random Google searches which I later overlaid on top of a static Google search homepage.

Collating images for the video seemed to be ‘a piece of cake’ by just following along with the narrative. However, the sourcing of images via Google advanced image search, Flickr and Pixabay proved to be one of the most time consuming parts of the assignment.

Surprisingly, this project required little Adobe Photoshop work. After a quick cut-out of the Socrates and Phaedrus images (actually Sophocles), the Ancient Greece scene was completed with the use of Corel Video Studio’s ability to overlay objects on top of video footage.

Other examples of Creative Commons use is evident in the opening and closing music sequences. A strong concept drawn out during planning was the idea to incorporate music that elevated along with the amount of Google searches, flashing on screen. This was in a bid to give the effect that more and more searching was taking place and that Google search is used to find just about any answer.

Dream Theatre’s classic ‘Dance of Eternity’ was one track that I had heard again recently and wondered how it could be incorporated. After a search on Google, Soundcloud and Youtube, I tracked down an 8bit recorded version which presented a less dramatic yet engaging version of the original.

Google searching about Google searching sounds tedious, however searching for issues around the main topic of whether or not students are really learning from digital media proved successful. For instance searching: Google is making me stupid brings to light a large amount of dialogue from newspaper columnists to academic research.

During research for early topics in ALC203 led me to a dossier on digital media in Neil Thompson’s book Smarter than You Think. The book proved to be a valuable resource with mention of numerous research studies.

Contemplation of how scholarly research could be presented within a video further reinforced my trust in a script. It acted as a launching pad for the presentation of the ideas to the narration of citations.

Sourcing material to match the narrative proved one of the biggest challenges. The solution was to brainstorm keywords linked from the script which resulted in a lot more options at the Google search bar.

Bringing to life all the creative ideas within the timeframe seemed to be near impossible. However, the assignment taught me that the creative process at times is one of single-mindedness. Step by step, something can be created by estimating the time available for each step.

(592 words excluding citations).

My broader online engagement

Please refer to my results in the Tiffit system along with engagement on #ALC203 hashtag on Twitter. Also, the blog posts at Insearchofi blog.


“Volunteer Duty” Psychology Testing by Chris Hope (cc by 2.0)


23 Most Dangerous Selfies Ever! – 2016 by Perfect dude (cc by 2.0)


Cabinet-aisle by Robert Harker (cc by 3.0)


Clean my Pinky by sadmoney (cc by 2.0)


Clockwork Orange eye scene by Gwendal Uguen (cc by 2.0)


computers by Jody Morris (cc by 2.0)


Digital compositions by Steve Johnson (cc by 2.0)


digital-drugs-binaural-beat by digitalbob8 (cc by 2.0)


Dream Theater – The Dance of Eternity – 8-Bit NES-style remix by Adam Gould (Youtube Standard Licence).


Earth globe above a tech type landscape by Steve Johnson (cc by 2.0)


Google campus by Adrian Libotean (cc by 2.0)


History of the world – Video Learning by WizScience.com (cc by 2.0)


I love 80s by Quentin Meulepas (cc by 2.0)


Knowledge-sharing by Ansonlobo (cc by 4.0)


minority-report.0 by Juan Ignacio Rodríguez de León (cc by 2.0)


Neural pathways in the brain by NICHD (cc by 2.0)


pixlr edits by Steve Johnson (cc by 2.0)


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Socrates by lentina_x (cc by 2.0)


South Park Cartman by Kidrobot (cc by 2.0)


Sparrow, B, Liu, J & Wegner, DM 2011, ‘Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips’, Science, 333, 776-778, DOI 10.1126/science.1207745

Stephen Colbert by TDKR Chicago 101 (cc by 2.0)


steve_j-9642 by Steve Johnson (cc by 2.0)


The Prentice School Educational Assistive Technology Classroom by Isorenaj (cc by 2.0)


Thompson C, 2013 (p. 9, 11, 68, 72, 73, 74) Smarter Than You Think, Penguin Group, New York.