Youtube-Schmankerl – die Fünfundfünzigste

Kommentieren 20. December 2009

Future Of Education: Is It Possible To De-School Society? – George Siemens

Ab Minute 6:25 wird eine konkrete Hoffnung in neue Medien geäußert. Hier das Teilskript dazu:

We have not moved more to enlightening and opening up the passion for students to learn. I am sort of at that point now where I think: “What will it take for us to make schooling fun and engaging, that is not centered on curriculum, but that is centered on learning?

I spent a lot of my time in emerging technologies, so I am inclined to say: “Maybe there is some hope in these tools for doing that“. Maybe there is a way for a student who is taking a course in grade three to suddenly say: “I love learning about whatever… Malaysia or I love learning about Italy in school…“.

Now they can go online, they can watch YouTube videos, they can take virtual tours, go into a Second Life build of this country and experience the key, the big artifacts.

Suddenly what has happened is: even though schooling still constrained and still institutionalized, the individual, when we get out of school these children – I have seen this with my own kids – they go out and the world is open for them again.

Last summer my daughter, who was 14 at the time, she went out and started on a social networking site called Horse. She spent her summer buying virtual horses, selling them, trading them, she set up a club and a committee, she had elections for vice-president of her committee.

When I was a kid, I spent my summers laying on my butt at the beach. And here she is, passionately engaged in learning about horses, learning business through buying, selling and trading, organizing people, forming groups. I would suspect she learned more about finance, social organization, interacting with other people during those two months in school than she did in her entire school year cycle.

My hope is that even though we might not yet seen formal education de-schooled or society de-schooled, we are going to see the development of a parallel system, that students can engage in based on their passions. That parallel system is the world of social networking, the Internet, the emerging technologies, the games they can play, things they can build in Sims, or courses they can take online.

My daughter is hugely interested in ancient Greece and the development of ancient Roman society.

Open Yale which is an initiative from Yale University where they have got first-year-lectures in university available online. She loves those videos, she can listen to some exceptionally talented professor explaining the development of Rome and the development of Greek culture. Ten years ago or five years ago the world was not open enough for her to hear this directly from world experts.

There are a lot of positives, but I still have to say when I think of your son and I think of my children at school, I still have to say: “there is a lot more work to do than that we have done, but these are early cracks of light coming in and I find that particularly motivating.

(c) René Scheppler, 2009