Is it time to knock down schools and educate through iphone/ipad apps? (Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the ipad).
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5 April 2011
This debate is designed to look forward to the (near or distant?) future to envision what school will, should or could be like to take advantage of new technology, but also to redefine educators' responsibility to students so that they will be prepared for how to survive in a postindustrial information economy that has emerged.
First, please watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
In the red corner, maintaining schools in their current form - groups of children the same age learning in classrooms with a curriculuum that uses prescribed textbooks with students working towards exams such as GCSE or A levels. Technology such as smartboards and PCs are used, but within the context of a "traditional" class format.
Now please skim http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebQuest
In the blue corner, school redefined as a pshysical and virtual space for students to gather and interact with each other on their own terms in their own time, where teachers become mentors and guides, where learning is focused on using technology like ipads so students can interact virtually with students in any location and time, working alone or in groups, learning through tasks such as a websquest, and choosing their own form of assessment which is graded by peers and the teacher.