Friday 11th March, 2011
8:45am to 9:45am
The economic crisis of the last few years is an opportunity to start again; to do a reset. The past hasn’t worked and isn’t going to work; it’s time to reset the system, it’s time to start again. We need to truly dump the instructionalist/didactic model of education where teachers talk at the kids and kids do endless worksheets. Throwing electronic whiteboards (EWBs), digital textbooks and even a cart or two of iPads into the classroom is not going to fix the situation; that is simply more of the same.
We – researchers, teachers, principals, superintendents, parents – know how kids learn: It’s time to adopt a constructivist, active learning, 21st century skills model of education. The key catalyst for such an adoption is the availability of a serious computing device for each and every learner, 24/7. That has been a problem; that is no longer a problem.
All it takes is leadership; the money is the easy part. In our presentation we will talk about schools that have broken with the past and are adopting an active learning pedagogy supported by mobile learning. And, just in case you have been on an extended trip to Marx, we quietly point out that the “kids these days” – the mobile generation – have already figured out how to use their mobile devices for “all the time, everywhere learning.”
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