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The future of technology-mediated teaching and learning

The future of technology-mediated teaching and learning
Scott McLeod

How do you bring the big ideas into the classrooms

Leaders must be proactive, to prep school organization for what is in the near future (3-8 years)?

Lots of schools are looking at applied knowledge. How do we measure that?

College workforce readiness assessment
Computer delivered assessment, 5-6 tasks to complete
About 90 minutes to answer each task

Based in problem solving skills and presenting information in a very different way than typical writing required in secondary school.

What does success look like?

Remission, game that helps kids deal with effects of cancer?
Serious games about social consequences, etc.
Find shelter for the night, UNHCR 
Conspiracy code

Florida Virtual School http://www.flvs.net

Virtual environments

Technological deterministic, it IS coming. These online virtual game-like environments are in the future. (Did look mostly like a game-like version of Blackboard)

However, simulations work by knowing every parameters? Can students really learn about unexpected or flawed outcomes within the realm of everything being known?

Because the software is doing certain aspects of the job, we have to figure out how to fill the other hours. If the basic stuff is being done by software, then skilled teachers will create rich, divergent project-based possibilities to add to these.

Environment needs to be created where at least half the time there are rich interactions with teachers. Must not allow those policymakers to replace all teaching with software and accept mediocrity as ‘education’

School of One
What problems are there with this sort of thing?
What about higher level thinking?
How do you account for qualitative marking, higher level thinking?
Sylvia Martinez – ‘Orwellian’
-Confused vocabulary in the video.
-Delivering content is not teaching and it is not learning.
-basic skills drilling is not good for kids who don’t get it.
-Through these sorts of tasks, basic skills, the idea that there is a secret answer that everyone else knows is confirmed.
-Kids can be trained to test better, but it is not applied or confirmed or real knowledge.
-Giving kids more tests is not the answer.

Electronic essay grading? Can judge mechanical aspects of essay.
Matched with physical teacher, sitting side by side.???

It is important to know that this is coming down the line and to grapple with it. And to come up with good answers and opinions based on real research and not just instinct, which is often based in fear, desire to preserve our current state of being. To be involved with the initial discussion about it.

E-books, can we still call it a book?
Innovation comes from the edges, rubbing against each other
Traditional path of innovation of core and it spreads out is reversed?
And what implication does that have for education

Chris Anderson of TEDtalks on video driving innovation

Science of visual experimentation?


February 24, 2011 Posted by | Assessment, Learning@schools, pedagogy | 2 Comments