With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Rather than going back to basics, visiting British author and educator David Price believes the solution is to create an education system based around "service learning" that fosters the entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills needed to compete in an increasingly freelance world. .
Deborah Welsh's insight:
Australian students are generally literate and numerate, providing them with a competitive advantage in the employment market. Schools also need to realise the potential of "the language of our times", according to Jenny Luca from Toorak College. We need to recognise and engage in online learning in schools.
As with any good teaching/learning experience, you need to ENCOURAGE your teachers to do their best and enjoy the experience. Many veteran teachers may be reluctant to dive into new technology. Give them the necessary reinforcement.
Deborah Welsh's insight:
Encouraging teachers to brave new technology, model it and share their successes.
"Doing the same thing that we have always done is not going to make any us any more creative or innovative, but according to the “Creativity Research Journal” (as referenced in Red Thread Thinking), there are some things that we could do daily that will actually make us more creative."
Education guru Sugata Mitra and his colleagues — who have pioneered the “School in the Cloud” — are sending ripples through the world of education.Their idea is simple: provide learning spaces with ready…...
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
"As academic standards shift, technology evolves, and student habits change, schools are being forced to consider new ways of framing curriculum and engaging students in the classroom, and project-based learning is among the most successful and powerful of these possibilities.
As both a planning and a learning tool, project-based learning challenges teachers to make new decisions about how they plan student learning experiences, while simultaneously empowering students to take a more active role in the learning process."