Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future. Which of these educators holds the key for unlocking the learning potential inside every student?
The Vodafone Foundation has unveiled a portable "Instant Classroom" that it hopes will give 15,000 child refugees across Africa access to tablet-based education.
The digital school in a box, which has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can be set up in 20 minutes and can be used in classrooms where there is no electricity. The Foundation has partnered with UNHCR to bring the Instant Classroom to 12 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the next 12 months.
The socialisation of learning, and now the socialisation of online learning is a key element in the evolution of technology-infused education. The real revolution/evolution has to be a change in mindset to 'allow' and 'encourage' students to be master learners, to be autonomous and to find their own passion. There should be no walls to learning, the ubiquity technology provides allows anyone to learn with anyone else anywhere in the world - we are not quite there yet, but getting closer. Who a learner connects with and collaborates with daily, the communities they interact with, and the process of learning through co-creation of artefacts, sharing of ideas, building meaning together must be seen as far more important than what technology they have.
"In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning."
"future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation."
This article resonates with me - it is about learning environments and setting a mindset for opening the doors to global as well as connected learning for all.
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