What is the future of our education system? How has it developed and progressed throughout the years? Do most people realize to what extent it has progressed? I can tell you, after viewing some of the videos provided in my LAI class syllabus that I do not even realize how much technology is changing our educational system. I will discuss some of my feelings and reflections from watching the following two videos: Future of Education and 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada
The prior was interesting because the people in the video were very “real” people. They didn’t appear to be reading from a script or trying to sell anything. They were just expressing their opinions and feelings on the internet world and how it is changing rapidly in our society. I found the references to video games very appropriate. I am not a fan of video games personally and I never have been despite the fact that both of my brothers were big “gammers” growing up. However, a very good point was made about these games. As stated in the video, children will pick up the game for the first time and more often than not, they will fail relatively quickly. Despite the failure, they will pick it up and try again, slowing gaining more time and improving. What does this tell us about our generation and children engaged in technology? They are capable of being self-taught. Just like video games, students are able to learn the internet on their own. There are so many resources out there that can tech you virtually anything on the internet. Always wanted to learn to play the ukulele? With a simple google search and two minutes of browsing YouTube, you can teach yourself a new instrument with the click of a button. Learn the Ukulele The internet provides information when you need to know it and you can “learn something when you have a reason to learn it.”
After watching a few youtube videos and finding a piano website where he learned to read notes, my younger brother taught himself piano.
The second video, 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada was a rock and roll-esque video that did not include any people talking to you. Instead the video was a read-along slideshow containing simple images and a simple message; The technological advancements are moving fast and we need to be prepared to incorporate such technology in the classroom! The video transported us to the time when we “got up to change the channel” or the time when we “used a payphone”. The idea here was to show us how far we have come in such little time. Will students be using texting, facebook or twitter one day in the classroom? People can even earn a salary online nowadays, not during precise work hours but in their free time. The internet provides us with international communication and collaboration. I could one day invite friends from France into my classroom though the use of skype. My students could one day speak with native French speakers in the comfort of their classroom, even though said speakers would still be overseas in Europe.
In summary, the Internet is the foundation to our future in education. It’s available at our fingertips and waiting to be explored.