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?
As of late, learning has taken on a new direction for me. I was such a hunter and gatherer before in my approach to searching for information and was a very messy organizer with resources scattered over numerous sites and bookmarks restricted to one computer. I have now not only amalgamated my resource material but have also been able to feed updated content to me. As this journey progressed I felt there were new skills being developed, mostly due to the enormous headaches I got from diving deep into the web 2.0 style. While watching The New Media Literacies they discussed skills needed to be effective in this new media landscape. The first skill being judgment. Students need to be able to judge content and its value to answer their question or satisfy their search. Students should also be able to filter content as a means to disseminate information they feel is of value. Students should want to play and be engaged with not only the media and content but with the actual process of discovering the information. If its not the least bit entertaining who cares. Some of the more academic concepts discussed covered ideas like transmedia navigation were students seek out information from various sites and pull important details from the text and gather/generate media to supplement their work. Simulation is also important as an extension of real world experience as interaction is a crucial aspect of engagement with students. If a student doesn’t connect or they don’t feel the program offers valid content they will migrate to another site.
One aspect the video did not touch on directly is the concept of trans-media migration. The phenomenon as a group discovers new media sites and technologies and the time it takes from peer to peer contact to generate a user base and the time it takes before the site has to update their server due to influx of traffic. Sometimes migration can be instant as a form of web based positive peer pressure or it can take on the more embedded way of making its way through social networking. This is an are I am interested in and am exploring further