Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Warlick - Education in a Flat World

David Warlick

Our Student, Our Worlds – Education in a Flat World

Similar theme to November's. Enjoyed the backchat. Examples were compelling and informative. Flat classroom means students and teachers are on an even playing field. I want to see more examples of teachers modeling this behavior and discussion of how it works and what challenges are.

What are the conditions that are converging that make this change necessary? to see Dave's handouts the backchat for this session (backchat coined by Dave Jakes)

what is the backchat - taking a conversation and turning it into a document, content that can continue to be useful to us

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.

Students today learn technological skills from the kids around them. Vastness of the digital divide will come when we realize that these kids are learning from their learning community (facebook, bebo, xanga, aol). The kids on the other side of the digital divide don’t have the technology, but they also don’t have that community.

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 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.

New literacy

· exposing truth

· employing information

· expressing ideas compellingly

· ethical use of information

wombat – waste of money brains and time


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