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.
- Education 10.0 – at Brightworks in San Francisco, where “hands-on” learning is the norm, and the belief that “everything is interesting” is a core value.
- Week 1 Twitter Chat Recap
- Cara Stratman @stratm
A2: Modeling how to be highly reflective and inviting students to effectively use each other as resources.
- George Pearce @GPearceWSD A3) Model humbleness of own knowledge. Conversations like “Great question. I don’t know, how could we find that out”
A4 Quote frm S: “Can you do that thing where you answer my question by asking me a question that gets me to answer my own question?”
Thanks to all for the comments that made me think and smile…