Great Video to generate some conversations about the ever changing approach to education.
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Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
(Synopsis taken from TED.com click here for site redirection)
Video from TED.com
Do you think the set up Sugata Mitra uses in his experiments would work in transforming traditional classrooms into technology rich research centers?
In states where end of grade testing determines content and subsequently the pacing of the content throughout the year, do you believe Sugata’s approach could be used to improve test scores and meet the annual yearly progress (APY) set forth by the Education bureaucracy?
I got a chance to utilize a web 2.0 tool VoiceThread. To view the presentation click here. In order to complete my project it required syncing my flickr photo set to VoiceThread. Not too bad out of all the things that could go wrong. I was really impressed with how easy it was to upload and attach both written and audio comments. Also I was able to trouble shoot my Mac’s web cam so the video would work although I haven’t had a chance to use it yet as there was subtle frustration in its not working as I was putting the project together. If you have already viewed the presentation and this read is a follow up make sure to check back through the presentation for some video posts.
Today I had an opportunity to share with my sixth grade class the video about Sixth Sense Technology. I was so pumped about their reactions I had to go and see if there had been any updates since I last posted about the emerging technology. Here is what I found.
I feel this video captures a portion of how I see technology impacting the classroom and the new style of learning emerging as technology becomes interwoven with our classrooms. Students have so much more access to the world around them and our encouragement and guidence is still needed to help them understand and interpret their place within the knowledge in order to help them be successful throughout life. However, are we catering to the students too much by using technology as attention maintainence tools? Is this approach akin to using video games as a baby sitter? Could students lose some of the fundamental skills if too much technology is used? Thoughts?