The Evolution of education
How do we prepare our students for careers that don’t yet exist?
Three interrelated trends are affecting us.
Media shapes their participants. It’s not the media you grew up with, but the media you use now that determine your learning styles.
Millennial learning styles
1. web rewards comparing multiple sources of information,individually incomplete and collectively inconsistent
2. digital media and interfaces encourage multi-tasking.
Why do our classic approaches to learning not work in the 21st century?
We have a transformed workplace and economy
The world is too complex for individuals to fully understand
The pace of change requres higher degrees of flexibility.
There has been a rapid advance in information technologies including devices, applications, mediums, and infrastructures.
He shared the book, The New Division of Labor, by Frank Levy and discussed whether our new workforce can compete with automation. There may only be two skills left that can compete: Expert decision making and complex communications.
Collaborative Problem Resolution
Problem finding before problem solving
Comprehension by a team, not by individuals
Making meaning out of complexity.
Middle school students are the first age level that understand and comprehend these new literacies.
New interfaces, the Alice in Wonderland interface, is where you use the computer to access new worlds.
The Multi-user virtual environment uses virtual words/spaces to connect with others. Learners present themselves through an avatar.
This model is rarely seen in schools. example: medical internships
These largely use WMDs (wireless mobile devices), 1:1 computing, and smart objects.
Harvard has created a problem-based curriculum for middle school students, called Alien Connection, in which students must assume roles, explore, investigate, and solve a variety of real problems to determine a solution. This situational problem was based on data from their state test. It works, not because of the technology, but because its a complex pedagogy.