everything is interesting

Nice to be part of a “real MOOC” again! Plenty of “residents” sharing their ideas in response to important questions about innovation in education and learning posed by George Couros and his #IMMOOC blog challenges

Blog prompt Week 1. 1. What do you see as the purpose of education? Why might innovation be crucial in education?

I can sum up my vision in a couple of quotes

  • “If students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them.” — George Couros
  • “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” — Walt Disney

While I agree that great teachers are essential and invaluable, they aren’t scalable. In the US and other developed countries, there are too few to serve the entire population of learners. In the developing world who desperately need education to lift them from poverty, teachers simple don’t exist. So here is a real and immediate challenge. The Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams to develop open source scalable software solutions that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. This would be a start.

Guided by great teachers, technology has the power to “inspire students daily, think deeply about how to be better, and constantly innovate“. Millions of kids may never have the luxury of their own teacher in a well-lite comfortable safe classroom, but they can have a great learning experience.

Thanks to all for the comments that made me think and smile…

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