"Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education: We’re still teaching our kids using a 20th-century paradigm, but many visionaries--like the ones in this video--have plans to take our advances in computing and technology and use them to explode the idea of what education can be.
Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don’t actually need to know anything. … It’s the teacher’s job to point young minds toward the right kind of questions. The teacher doesn’t need to give any answers, because answers are everywhere." That’s the explanation for how the foundations of education need to change, given as part of the introduction to this short online film, The Future of Learning. If the past involved the memorization of facts and concepts (because you needed them in your head) the future--where all these facts are available at our fingertips--should involve a new way of learning." from the source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/
NOTE: Much of what I read and see on the Internetz about open access and research and education have similar themes with varied perspectives or context. This short film from Ericsson's Networked Society series captured my imagination in a big way. Four take aways for me were 1) tin soldiers: teaching came from the military, industrial assembly lines, commodity products including fast food, and the consumers of the commodity products. Everything and everyone has to be the same -- like standardized testing. 2) Seth Godin commented on how revolution destroys the perfect to enable the perfect, even though it takes time. (OK, maybe some one else said it first. I heard Seth say it first here.) 3) The impact of online education with in time have a world changing impact that the printing press did -- for the individual, the village, the world. Sure we hear that a lot, but stop and think what that really means, the student breaks out of the automaton mold and becomes an individual who thinks for herself. and 4) Online Learning will not necessarily enable the poor but connected learners to be equal to those who have attended the universities in person, but they will have experiences and knowledge to give them a start to grow in ways they never were able to before. Watch this 20 minute film.