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Werner Herzog on the connected world

Posted on: August 14, 2016

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I am looking forward to watching Werner Herzog’s documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, which premieres 19 August.

In his interview with TechCrunch, Herzog provided candid and provocative answers that offer lessons for those of us in schooling and education.

When asked whether he considered the Internet good or evil, Herzog replied that it was neutral and that it was humans that made the difference. This comes from a man who does not own a smartphone. Compared to some leaders in schooling and education that I know, his response is an enlightened one.

His thoughts on virtual reality (VR): We should not simply transfer existing methods to the medium. Again, this was a pearl of wisdom that few possess unless they realise that technology is not just about doing the same things differently. It is also about change.

His best response was what technology held for the future of the classroom. With a twinkle in his eye, Herzog simply replied that the face-to-face classroom was the best venue for releasing “criminal energy”. This is so different from how teachers see their current classrooms.

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