20 March 2013

Did You Know?


Little houses all in a row.
Little houses all quiet from the outside.
Shutters closed. Dim lights outlining hunched backs.

What is happening behind those closed doors?

The opening of other windows, other doors, other worlds.


Flickering screens and active fingers. 

If one bears in mind how much data is being put on the internet, one also has to remember that students are quite likely active participants of what happens in one minute on the internet. It doesn't take much to realize how many posts to YouTube are uploaded by teens; how many fashion blogs are written by young people, how many learning games and resources there are for education. 




Education is not the ability to remember and repeat; education is not intellectual conformation. Yes, schools do play a crucial role in moulding their future citizens. However, learning does not stop at the school gate or library door any longer. There are endless windows of learning freely available. Intellectual curiosity and development does happen. Theoretical learning only will not advance nations. 

Learning, unlearning and re-learning are essential qualities for with today's pace of technological change, the flow of innovation is constant. Students need to be prepared to handle these changes. Despite this blog being mostly about digital tools which may be introduced in the classroom, it is not the tool itself which is worth considering, but what that tool may enable. Critical thinking, decision making, refining digital literacy skills. These features add to the ability of intellectual flexibility and learning. 

In regard to educators, there too is no lack of resources for innovation and pedagogical support. One particular site I'd like to highlight is The Best of Bilash - Improving Second Language Education. Although it may appear that it is only for second language education, there is in fact, much that may be applied to other fields of learning and pedagogy as well. 

We cannot continue pretending that the internet does not exist. 

We no longer live in the pre-digital age. 

Mobility and connectivity have opened all doors and windows on that quiet row of houses. 



References:

33 Digital Skills Every 21st Teacher Should Have

Mobile Learning: We Cannot Continue to Live in the Pre-Digital Era

What Happens Each Minute on the Internet

Note:

If you would like to read more about education and other pedagogical tools and trends, you will find many current points of views and articles in the sites below:

CristinaSkyBox TumbleBlog

Digital Delights - Connecting Online Education

Digital Delights - Digital Tribes

Voices in the Feminine - Female Voices Around the Web

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