When new technology comes out, our first efforts to use it are for what we already do,” said Connie Yowell, director of education for U.S. programs at the MacArthur Foundation. “So a lot of what we’ve done in traditional education is to put content up online.” Yowell argues that using technology to push the same kinds of content that have been used for decades isn’t actually innovative.
Through connection and collaboration teachers can start down a learning path that parallels the one they try to create for students.
“It has to be about a shared interest and it has to be about making, producing and creating,” she said. “The places that we’ve seen it happen most effectively are places where it’s a shared purpose or interest amongst a group of peers.”