“I’m an immigrant to this world, where our kids are natives”, says a high school teacher in the Frontline documentary Digital Nation, made by PBS (Public Broadcasting Station). In this documentary, Rachel Dretzin and Douglas Rushkoff explore the impact of digital media on education and on how kids learn. They address a challenge that many teachers might recognize: how do you teach and keep the attention of children who are used to constant stimuli, from dozens of sources? Since this is a very recent issue, not much research has been done on this topic. Continue reading
There’s something about this model which captured my attention. It divides the uses of educational technology into three phases and the division resonated with my experience. In this model, Phase one and two takes technology and infuses it into traditional lessons. Phase three is quite a bit different, more advanced, and requires a paradigm shift.
In a beautiful animation adapted from an inspirational talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, a well-known education and creativity expert, he argues why our current educational model is outdated and needs a paradigm-shift. I will show how hackers can show us the way and why technology can help fuel this shift. Watch the animation first (in HD and full screen, preferably):
When I applied for this job, I remember being asked what my perspective was on using video in education, i.e. web lectures.
Do you recognize this situation: you’re talking, answering a question, words are coming out of your mouth, and the sound they make seems reasonable and the people across the table seem to think they are reasonable, but afterwards you have no idea what you said. I had honestly never considered the matter before (shh, let’s keep this hush hush).
Since then I have had a lot more time to think about the matter and hear the different positions people are taking. What about you, web lectures, are you a Yay sayer or Nay sayer? Some arguments in a nutshell: