Ericsson has just released a great new video entitled The Future of Learning as part of their Networked Societies series. The importance of this documentary stems from the fact that it emphasizes the use of technology as a way of promoting students learning and making their learning experience more engaged and streamlined.
What a happy accident.Today I delivered a presentation on the 21st century literacy in the Mount Saint University in Halifax but when I got home and checked my feeds I found this video which, more or less , summarizes all my presentation. I felt sorry for had I learned about it yesterday I could have used it in my presentation , but it is ok I am sharing it with even a bigger audience and from every part of the world, You.
Let me just take you back into the history of our educational system so that we can be in a better position to understand its present situation. The rise of industrialism in the 19th century influenced not only the structure of mass education but also its organizational culture. Like factories schools are special facilities with clear boundaries that separate them from the outside world. They have set hours of operation and prescribed rules of conduct. They are based on the principles of standardization and conformity. Students within the academic system are taught broadly the same material and they are assessed against common scales of achievement , with relatively few opportunities for choice or deviation. Typically, they move through the system in age groups: all the five-year-olds together, all the six-year-olds together and so on, as if the most important thing that children have in common is their date of manufacture.
In high schools the day is organized into standard units of time and the transitions are marked by the ringing of bells or buzzers. Teaching is based on the division of labor. Like an assembly lines, students progress from room to room to be taught by different teachers specializing in separate disciplines.
This kind of educational system persisted till the last decade of the 20th century when technology entered the scene giving birth to a new model totally different from the one portrayed above. I will let you watch the video below