Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ghost in the machine blog response

     "With new technologies the kid is able to explore much more knowledge by direct exploration, whether it's information or exploration by getting into his sources, or finding other people to talk about it. I think we're just beginning to see, and we'll see a lot more non-textual information available through something like the Web or whatever it develops into. So there will be much more opportunity to learn before running into this barrier of the limitations of the immediate." 

Technology is the way. (period)

That is not to say that teachers don't have a place in the world, however. Teachers must learn to use every tool available to them, because boy they are out there. 

We live in a world where learning is getting farther and farther from the teaching of the herd and moving increasingly closer to individual learning or 'direct exploration'. In the past (although millions of books were published) school supplied students with just a uniform set of text books, and students had to go off on their own and read books outside of the assigned reading in order to increase their personal out of school learning. Now, with students already doing so much on their own at home, they are literally SECONDS away from being able to learn something on their own without the help of a teacher or peer. The era of individual direct exploration has begun and we need to adapt. 

What does adapting consist of one might ask? Well, I would explain it as meaning that we need to reassess our learning goals. We need to change where we want our students to end up at the end of 12th grade (as well as at the end of every other grade prior). We shouldn't expect every student to be sufficiently 'learned' all of the same areas, as they aren't going to be living the same life! Some students will be going to college, some will not, some will be teachers, some will be business men or women, some will be plumbers, some will be office workers, but everyone will be different. This, with the decrease in factory workers, requires schools to allow for individualized direct exploration (via technology).