Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Death of Education, The Dawn of Learning

This is hugely important - and we're not even aware we need to have this debate in Ireland, let alone started it. I love the statistic at the start: 55 industries in the US were ranked in terms of their use of IT, and education came 55th - after coal mining:



The key quote for me is from Ken Kay of e-Lumiate, 4 minutes and 9 seconds into the video:
So the coin of the realm is not memorising the facts that they’re going to need to know for the rest of their lives; the coin of realm will be do you know how to find information, do you know how to validate it, do you know how to synthesise it, do you know how to leverage it, do you know how to communicate it, do you know how to collaborate with it, do you know how to problem solve with it. That’s the new 21st century set of literacies – and it looks a lot different than the model most of us were raised under.
It's only 5 minutes 37 seconds long so watch the whole thing FGS!

1 comment:

  1. I watched the video with some interest. It seems to echo quite a few of the ideas I expressed in a paper some 15 years back ( http://www.unesco.org/education/educprog/lwf/doc/portfolio/opinion18.htm ), before the existence of blogs, twitter, face book and the like. Even the title is similar, although I was then addressing adult distance education.

    I am sorry to hear that 15 years after the fact, much of institutionalized education is still blind to the shift.

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