The limitation of online instruction is that much of it presumes education is entirely a matter of information transfer...and forgets that humans require more than answers to questions in order to live educated (and liberated) lives. The big question we face politically with both funding of the arts and with online schooling is really one … Continue reading The Limitations of Online Learning
What if we stopped working toward educating the person as if there was something missing from their current state? What if people are not problems to be fixed but opportunities to be unlocked? What if every student, as they are, is already complete and fully valued? This, at least, would overcome some of the racial, … Continue reading Already Complete
Let’s flip more than the order of learning activities...until the classroom becomes a place of discovery, a virtual laboratory for exploring any field of interest.
What we see in any given situation depends upon the context in which we approach it. Education, therefore, must focus on providing students with a context, or a means of perception, through which they might see and understand reality as it is. Who has understood the subtleties of their native tongue before they were exposed to the … Continue reading Perception Depends on Context
In an attempt not to teach any values, the value of facts also disappears leaving students with no incentive to learn - except perhaps the fear of bad grades. It seems like we must either embrace some standard of value (or angle of truth) in order to make the learning experience have any significance for the student.
“Computer programs are structured – teachers have to follow what a program tells them to do. The pencil-and-paper approach is more flexible. Teaching assistants could adapt what they were doing a bit more, to the individual children." https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/pupils-learn-more-quickly-using-pen-and-paper-a-computer-study-shows
This essay synthesizes research from the area of self directed learning and developments in digital learning technology to define underlying principles of learning that can help students maximize the natural learning process by transcending or maximizing their available contexts and opportunities.
Welcoming the Person Back to the Process of Education When I first opened the book “The Courage to Teach” by Parker Palmer, I had no idea that the ideas it contained would connect with me so strongly. To begin with, I have never had a problem with facing a classroom - in part because I have … Continue reading A Review of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer
It seems that many of the tech companies in education offer something of the same function as the others. Perhaps this is reflective of the Connectivist philosophy of education technology. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find a truly innovative idea that solves some problem that no other software already addresses. Most technology listed here seems … Continue reading Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015
Everyone is learning, all the time. Whether or not this learning leads to positive results depends upon internal as well as external factors that vary for every student. John Dewey’s book Experience & Education liberated my idea of education from its confined location in a school classroom and brought the importance of learning into every area of life.