Eight Things in Education That Will Change in the Digital Age

| October 22, 2012 | 6 Comments
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“Are we asking our students to collect dots or connect dots?” asks author Seth Godin, who wrote the book Stop Stealing Dreams. In this TEDxYouth Talk, Godin enumerates eight things that will change in the Digital Age. The nature of homework, memorizing facts, and the end of compliance as an outcome, are just a few.

And in closing, Godin encourages us to question, “What is school for?” and let the answer guide what we do next.

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  • mamawolfeto2

    Thanks for sharing this – what a great switch on traditional educational points of view!

  • http://twitter.com/Johnadamdrew John A. Drew

    Lots of great stuff, and a little demagoguery (after all this is a TED talk). Mr. Godin criticizes colleges that are famous, but is quite skilled at amplifying his own fame… But yes, asking “what is school for?” is the essential question.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristopherMWParsons Chris M W Parsons

    These ideas have actually been around in education for the past 100 years. Much as I want to cheer on Seth Godin, he just seems to be hugely missing certain key ‘reality checks’.
    I personally like and can see the logic in a notion of MORE collaboration and LESS compliance – but that’s about it. Billions of people across the world are going to be doing the same 20th Century jobs as 50-100 years ago throughout the 21st century. – Not due to a lack of vision or education, but simply because those are the jobs that need doing. There’s no sudden shift. The idea that we can all just be free-wheeling creative innovators if only our education system changes is laughable. Society just can’t be constructed that way. We all need to know when and how to be ‘Indians’ as well as ‘Chiefs’, to be dutiful followers as well as radical leaders, otherwise civilisation will do more than stop growing – it will collapse. Godin took it as given that his audience would comply with the social norms of being politely compliant listeners.
    - And I’m sorry, as important as ‘joining the dots’ is, it is incredibly naive to imagine that we can do that without having painstakingly gathered and internalised a huge number of dots along the way. Expert thinkers in any field have absorbed a vast number of ‘facts’ as part of their implicit knowledge. They could not function as thinkers, simply by trawling Google to hopefully pick up useful facts to link together whenever a problem arises.
    It may not sound very cutting edge and sexy, but the realities of material human existance just aren’t changing as quickly as digital technology.

  • Seth Taylor

    Well stated Mr. Parsons. I am all for technology integration and collaboration when the need arises. However, society itself needs guidelines and barriers to insure order. To make matters worse, baby-boomers have done a poor job raising children to understand structure and discipline. 40% of Americans recieve some kind of government assistance. That along tells me that we have too many people with poor work ethic…and it is getting worse. Thats a statement I certainly dissagree with Godin. Parental involvement in the learning process is essential. Parents need to instill work ethic, pride, discipline, honor, etc. By doing so, it prepares a child for the beginning stages of success.

    As a mathematics instructor, I try to the best of my ability to draw inquisitiveness and constuctive behavior to solve real world problems. However most of their (students) minds won’t let understand real world scenarios. THEY ARE KIDS… And their minds are not mature enough to process reality even if we think they should! Point being, until their minds are mature to handle the “go seek for the information” learning theory, they need help organizing their thoughts. However, well stated, when you said their minds wont keep up with the digital technology.

  • Code Breaker

    Sorry I wasted my time watching this. Foreign influence has been trying to teach this for many years.

  • http://www.mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/ Tom McDonald

    Yes, we do need to routinely ask what schools is for and we need to align, measurable, student centric, deep, long term, learning, transfer and application education, resulting in advanced individual student performance improvement outcomes with that mission.

    “Today, Chicago Public Schools is charged with a simple mission – provide
    students with a world-class education in every community and ensure they
    graduate college and career ready. That starts by having an honest
    dialogue about the quality of education in our schools and talking about
    how we can work together to make sure the needs of our children come
    first as we move forward with reinventing CPS to boost the academic
    success of our students”

    The problem is that current education paradigm is not aligned with the above, nor is it accomplishing the above.

    We need to follow proven learning research which is solid in that one to

    Not too much new in Seth’s video and sorry to see no mention of deep, long term truly personalize, student centric, learning , transfer and application, leading to individual performance improvement, which the learning research supports as mission critical