Same Planet, Different Worlds

What is the future of learning?

Vision #1: Doing Old Things in New Ways

Vision #2: Doing New Things in New Ways

(Thanks to David Smith of the Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science & Technology for bringing the Cyberlearning video to my attention)

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5 responses to “Same Planet, Different Worlds

  1. But khan’s videos are so much easier to put in place. And they give students what they want most, an answer! ;)

    We are going to have to work much harder to do new things in new ways. What is our eventual goal? What are the first steps on the roadmap towards that goal? How can we get the modeling physics program at asu to help make it a reality?

  2. I hope both of these technologies evolve beyond their current state.

    There’s not enough time for everything to be learned constructively nor is it practical to do so. Khan is filling a gap that is necessary , even if it could be done better, I am glad that students have this resource. Our instructive materials need to become more interactive and engaging. What I have seen with Inkling (http://www.inkling.com/) seems promising even if it is still a proprietary format.

    The AR and interactive labs are something I strongly support (and even contributed to http://www.brokenairplane.com/2011/10/android-education-science-physicsgizmo.html) but it relies to heavily on built modules that confine learning to only a few paths.

    Both of these methods are too slow for what we need. Open source tools that can be quickly added to and grown will increase the available content as well as the available tools for exploration.

    When the teacher does not have to spend time lecturing and the students can come to class with no more than what they already have (e.g. phone, paper, pen, etc) then you will see some awesome learning opportunities.

  3. Phil’s comment above is exactly why I enjoy making instructional videos for my students even though my number one priority is creating an inquiry driven environment for my students. Based purely on the nature and volume of info in an AP Chemistry course (the course I teach), and my school’s limited schedule, I often hit a roadblock, where students need info, the text is limited, and I need to fill in gaps in learning in clear ways for them. I feel this is why instructional videos as part of an inquiry cycle works well for me. It helps me make sure that in the end, I am pacing the course in a way that delivers all AP Chem content while also inspiring studnts to construct meaning. I hope one day I will have it down where I and the students will depend on the videos less and less…a personal goal I guess. I n the meantime, the tech helps us a lot.

  4. Phil and Ramsey,

    I know both of you are way ahead of the curve in your use of video. You both value inquiry first and use video to fill in gaps when time is limited due to circumstances beyond your control (e.g., AP exams).

    My main concern is that the majority of people outside of education think learning is really about memorizing and taking exams (typically a reflection of their own experience in school). They can’t even imagine school being anything different.

    We need to show them there is a better way, with video instruction playing a small supporting role.

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