Our Student, Our Worlds – Education in a Flat World
What are the conditions that are converging that make this change necessary?
We are spending too much time teaching kids how to use paper.
Three converging conditions
» unpredictable future – what do kids need to know to be prepared for a future that we no little about?
Richard Florida, author – moving from industrial age to a creative age
Living in the 20th century and learning in the 19th century classroom
» Info-oriented students – want to participate, invest themselves, connect to others, create and have people give them feedback
Universities are starting to ask the question how do I market to the MySpace generation. We need to think about this as well for K-12.
we need to teach kids how to choose how to communicate – IM speak versus formal English
» new information landscape – information is participatory, connected, abundant
kids today see information as a raw material, something that they can use to create something else
digg social networking tool, for this to be effective the people “digging” things need to be literate
teach the kids to prove the authority of anything that they read, don’t assume the authority
http://innocentive.com corporations post problems for people to solve, agreeing to pay a prize to the person who solves it
57% of American teenagers have produced original digital content and published it. From their perspective students are more literate than their teachers. Our classrooms are flat!
We are paying more attention to each other and less attention to CNN, Encyclopedia Brittanica.
· exposing truth
· employing information
· expressing ideas compellingly
· ethical use of information
wombat – waste of money brains and time