Future Learning - Mini Documentary
Did you Know?/Shift Happens (Version 6)
Watching these short films really made me excited, scared, worried, yet motivated that the students of today can be ready for whatever comes at them as adult. After watching Version 6 things looked intimidating. Facts such as India having more honor students an American kid population put together, by the age of 38 having 10-14 jobs. Even bigger “The jobs of the future have not even been invented yet.” This can be quite intimidating as a student and even as a teacher who is supposed to prepare them. Armed with the right tools though it will not matter what the next or newest gadget is because they will be ready, I am sure of this. We are not asking a child of 1920 to pick up a tablet and find out how to find where Mumbai is, we are asking a child of 2014 to do what comes naturally to them. Pick up a cell phone, tablet, computer connected to the internet and find anything. Right at their fingertips. Even homework help. Kids are more use to this technology as ever before and are ready, willing and even excited about learning in a classroom where it is available.
The mini-documentary “Future Learning” makes some really amazing points. The idea of the blury lines between play and learning. Video games have come a long way. Children learn without even realizing that they just did that thing that they thought was just reserved for the big scary, boring classroom -learn. Sugata Mitra makes an incredible observation that I have always thought to be a key to school and any situation. This is reading comprehension. Anyone with this skill is armed. They are able to protect themselves against what he calls doctrine. If a child is armed from a young age with reading they can always, always learn something new even without the classroom. The knowledge can never just simply be taken away from them therefore becomes the most important protection for them and whatever may come in the future. Being able to reason and retrieve information is really key to the future fluctuations of the world and being able to flow in and out of whatever is to come. In this way the future becomes rather excited instead of big and scary. With the incorporation of technology kids are even more excited about learning to read. Even if it’s just to understand what is on the screen. The motivation is real and the kids are ready.
The Internet Classroom
As we sit here today the world is going by so quickly. Technology has and keeps developing so quickly that we often don’t know what to grab onto. Is it the best idea, the best tool, where I want to spend my time and sometimes my money? Even something that use to be such a simple as the classroom the - the teacher, student, desk, blackboard and textbook has changed so rapidly that we could so easily be left behind. With a little study though and the guidance of a teacher anyone can get their footing and move into the future.The Networked Student is a simple video but demonstrates a fantastic, real way many people can learn with a little direction. The great thing about this is once one learns the tool of Connectivism one can use the concept to do and learn about nearly anything. One can sit in a room and be connected to the world through the tools of technology without ever entering a classroom. One can almost ask the question - Did the internet kill the classroom as we knew?
The teacher helps the student learn how to build a personal learning network on the internet, vet sources of information and organize the immense about of information that can flood the senses. For example through podcast one is able to listen to top sources in the field one is researching and/or read an informed blog along with a YouTube video attached. There is so much video one could not possibly watch all of it in a lifetime. In this case the teacher is used as a guide and to focus the student on what is most pertinent in the research. Also the teacher can help one not fall into or sometimes get the student out of the "rabbit hole" which the internet can often feel like.
Networked Student by Wendy Drexler