"Investors are salivating at the prospect of getting into an education market with an estimated global value of $54 billion; social and academic entrepreneurs want to provide free education opportunities for the poor; and at the same time, media organizations are falling all over themselves trying to come up with the right model to replace the textbook and other print materials. ... It seems to me that some recent MOOCs and start-up ideas -- which at the outset appear exciting and promising -- are basically indifferent to what we know about what constitutes good learning. All of a sudden, John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori, Seymour Papert, Jerome Bruner, Howard Gardner, Allan Collins, John Seely Brown -- more than 100 years of theory about cognition and learning-by-doing -- are being forgotten."
Comment: a very balanced and well argued rebuttal to the current MOOC hype. The conclusion is that we need both Instructionism (as exemplified by xMOOCs) and Constructivism (as conceived by Seymour Papert), depending on the learning challenge at hand. (peter sloep, @pbsloep)
Are you looking for a guide on how you might use YouTube in your classroom. A new guide was published this month which is chock full of advice. Edudemic has also published an article that looks at this guide. This post is from Edudemic to give you a taste of what might be in the future of your classroom. Learn how YouTube might:
* "spark lively discussion"
* help you organize "video content for easier access"
* "archive your work"
* "encourage students to dig deeper"
* "help both struggling and advanced students"
* "review for upcoming exams"
* "create a YouTube center in your classoom" * "add quizzes to videos"
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