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Kid-spective

Posted on: March 19, 2013

I enjoyed reading this article in The Atlantic by Mimi Ito. Here is what I think is the meat of the matter:

In our research, we found that parents more often than not have a negative view of the role of the Internet in learning, but young people almost always have a positive one.

When we interview young people, they will talk about how the Internet makes it easy for them to look around and surf for information in low risk and unstructured ways. Some kids immerse themselves in online tutorials, forums, and expert communities where they dive deep into topics and areas of interest, whether it is fandom, creative writing, making online videos, or gaming communities. They also, of course, talk about spending time hanging out with their peers, but this too is a lifeline that is sorely lacking in many of today’s teen’s schedules.

It is about getting a kid’s perspective and seeing how their behaviours and preferences ARE relevant to them and for the world that they shape.

I also like another phrase in the article:

It’s not just professors who have something to share, but everyone who has knowledge and skills.

This speaks not just of a mind shift that is required among those who teach, but also among those who learn. To teachers, know that you are not the only ones who can teach. To learners, you are expected to share and teach.

If we get a critical mass of such a mind shift, then we will see a paradigm shift in education. It will no longer be only expert-driven-and-delivered, but also socially negotiated and generated.

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