On Line Learning, On Line Thinking
Original post made by Paul Losch on Aug 7, 2013
Much of it is developing in Silicon Valley, and that is exciting for our community and offers up many expectations of how instruction, be it at the highest levels of universities to elementary school, will present itself thanks to the internet, inter alia. (pun intended)
I now will present a personal bias. Based on experience I had years ago and my recently graduated from college children: you can't learn to THINK using internet offerings. It requires human interaction face to face with people who understand the human dynamic, not just facts. People who are learning need to interact with experienced people who can lead that to thinking.
I am all for the on line ideas for instruction that are developing. My son is a 5th grade teacher, and the tools that his school acquire will do a tremendous job in making instruction in his class more effective.
But, for On line thinking? He needs to be in that classroom to guide the thinking as well as the learning.
on Aug 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm
This next generation will be different. They will be unable to read faces because they will be looking at screens instead of faces. They will never know the nuance of eye to eye teaching. Nor experience the level of understanding which comes from a teacher seeing the effect of his teaching by reading eyes. The next generation will be just that much dumber because of it.
on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:15 am
> you can't learn to THINK using internet offerings. It requires human interaction face to face with people
Learning is changing your programming. If you touch a hot stove you learn to be careful around stoves ... I really do not see where you get that learning takes human interactions.
Now, deliberate teaching is a different matter. We are wired to learn best by ... hate to say it, monkey see - monkey do, mirror neurons and all that - or another way, role models.
Part of the problem with disadvantaged groups is they have few role models, are not exposed to any people with different behaviors than they see every day. That's not to say they are not smart.
Face it, our society is very careful about who it lets see what. We really do not want lots and lots of smart people any more than we want lots and lots of rich people, or employed people, we keep our social control by isolating a lot of people from learning.
I think the real breakthrough in learning/teaching will come when we learn to mass produce these interactions, like we do now with movies and TV ... badly by the way, and then make facilitators available to assist students with the interpretation of what they are seeing, if they miss something, do not get it, have questions, etc ... and then feed back those questions to the designers of the "lesson" making it faster better and more accessible to all, and then link to all the other things that need that lesson as a prerequisite for the next step.
In the next 50 years we would bring the whole planet up to speed almost literally at the speed of light. But then the status quo powers that be might be very nervous and busy trying to justify the way they have built the existing infrastructure. But it would be worth it.
on Aug 8, 2013 at 8:03 am
> you can't learn to THINK using internet offerings.
Hmmm .. seems to me that learning is a personal thing. I don't remember any one teacher getting up before the class, saying: "Class, today I am going to teach all of you how to think".
So, Mr. Losch, could you tell us a little about the teacher who taught you how to think. What grade were you in? Would be fascinated to hear about the day you realized that you could now think.
Details, please ..