Friday, December 28, 2012

ESL Globe > What Is This World (Of Education) Coming To?

Volume 9 No 2 Summer 2012 

MOOCS...FIZZ...Open Access...Flipping the Classroom...Badges...Paperslide Videos...Gaming...

Crowdsourcing....Textbooks as Dinosaurs. This is what the world of education is coming to. And for some of those interviewed or featured in the current Globe issue, like Harvard University President Larry Summers, change can't come fast enough. He joins others like Cathy Davidson, David Parry, Salman Kahn, Lodge McCammon, and Bill Gates in calling for a systemic, sometimes radical, re-vamping of outdated pedagogical practices which are not preparing students for the 21st century.

The learning and thinking styles of today's digital native students differ sharply from those of their 20th century predecessors. Many forward-thinking educators consider it a moral imperative to develop and implement strategies for interactive, collaborative learning driven by new technologies. Education must be more about how to process, evaluate, and use information and less about imparting it.

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