Thursday, December 8, 2011

Looking for a solution

Tonight whilst looking for somewhere to house an "elearning course" I got side-tracked and ended up watching a TED talk. WOW! It was amazing. Sugata Mitra's "The child-driven education". It powerfully demonstrates the impact of giving children access to technology (the internet). The results are amazing, the potential impact/s phenomenal: 

Sugata's results (of giving children access to the internet) 
  • 12 year old Tamil children teaching themselves biotechnology in English unaided.  
  • Children becoming deep thinkers
  • Introduce "granny" and grades go up (Granny's can be accessed remotely)
  • Groups of children learn GCSE questions in 15 minutes! Their recall after two months had no loss. This was put down to visual learning, engagement, doing
  • Introduce a granny and results improve further
  • After watching 8 TED talks children wanted to be Leonardo DaVinci and not footballers!
  • Italians speaking 10 year old children could find the answers to questions posed in a foreign language in 10 minute using the Internet
"Self organising system" - a structure appears without explicit intervention from the outside. Also always show emergence.  Education is a SOS and learning is an emergent phenomenon.

  • What would happen if the world's population had access to the internet and the learning opportunity/tools it holds? 
  • Is there a moral obligation on society to provide that? 
  • Is there a moral obligation to provide open access materials? Surely holding them within vle/lms systems is immoral, and is holding back humanity. Knowledge is power. 
  • What could humankind achieve if all the world's brains could learn and collaborate?

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