If it’s not on the Internet, I didn’t learn anything
Posted June 23, 2015on:
There is an informal saying: If it is not on the Internet, it did not happen. If you are not familiar with this saying, watch the video below.
It used to be that what happened offline was experienced, verified, carefully crafted and edited, and then put online. This mirrored the traditional publishing process.
Now what happens offline goes online so quickly that it is sometimes in real time. Everyone is a publisher.
What rubs some people the wrong way is the apparent lack of filtering. But that weakness is the draw. Instead of having someone else edit or sanitize, you have raw or barely processed information with which you make up your own mind.
That is one thing that teachers born in the previous age do not necessarily understand, much less know how to leverage on. Their preference is for ready-to-eat content. We have gone past that.
Instead the learner of today must know where to fish, how to fish, how to process the fish, and teach others to fish. It is less about learning content; it is more about learning to think.
If more teachers realize this and learn how to teach differently, we might have a different mantra: If it is not on the Internet, I did not learn anything.