Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom by Alan November
This video by Alan November talks about shifts in educational trends. He states that we robbed the young people of the possibility to contribute when we invented tools and machines to replace youth in the workplace. The shift of control from the teacher with a top-down curriculum, to children who are helping one another learn. Teaching people to shift the control takes time. A school where lots of designs and perspectives are in one place creates. People think that the provides a platform for diverse ideas from around the world and would result generally better educated society – but research actually shows that people are going to the web to get their version of the truth. We need to identify critical skills in schools that we actually really want students to have.
Each classroom should have:
1) a research team – have an official classroom researcher student
2) a curriculum review team – reflective learners are lifelong learners – every week create a podcast to review work they have learned the week before
3) a scribe team – Google docs for collaborative note taking
November states that students research assignments related to topics in class and find assignments that they’d like to do. (ie, doing a book ‘trailer’ as an assignment)
Can we get out of the restraint of filtering information to the point where students can really thrive online safely?