Quote: Pg. 17 – “The kind of learning that will define the twenty-first century is not taking place in a classroom—at least not in today’s classroom. Rather, it is happening all around us, everywhere, and it is powerful. We call this phenomenon the new culture of learning….”
Question: Since learning can take place anywhere, are we nearing the end of the traditional classroom setting? Does this apply to technical schools/courses as well?
Connection: "The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner. "Growing digital networked infrastructure [that] is amplifying our ability to access and use nearly unlimited resources and incredible instruments while connecting with one another at the same time” (17-18).
Epiphany/Aha: I feel there are opportunities for the students to learn from one another as 21st century learning is moving away from today's classroom. One thing I wonder is are students putting their skills into one basket rather than having numerous skills including for example, being able to do math equations in the mind or write and spell the words without having to rely on spell check.
Quote: Pg. 34 - “Accordingly, education has been seen as a process of transferring information from a higher authority (the teacher) down to the student. This model, however, just can’t keep up with the rapid rate of change in the twenty-first century.”
Question: Why do people still think the 20th century teacher-centered approach to learning can still be applied to the 21st century learning environment? Isn't it more important that the teacher is the facilitator of learning while the students conduct their own research?
Connection: In the video, "Questions No One Answers To," Chris Anderson asked many questions no one is able to answer. Teachers need to facilitate learning but they also need to guide the students to ask questions. Asking questions is a great tool and skill to have because it takes you to the depth of your knowledge and beyond by asking questions. Teachers need to encourage divergent thinking (multiple answers) so the students use their imagination and curiosity to find an answer. They need to hear there can be all kinds of answers, there is not just one. This will help them envision themselves contributing to the class discussion and this will show the students the world is full of unanswered questions and will hopefully peak their interest. In the end, this will help promote lifelong learners who will never stop learning.
Epiphany/Aha: The day of the teacher being the source of information and passing it to the students is over. The quick access to the Internet and social media makes easier for the students to look up something right away. Teachers and students should be learners together but the teacher still needs to be the facilitator to make the learning process engaging and innovative.
Quote: Pg 39-40 – "It presumes the existence of knowledge that both is worth communicating and doesn’t tend to change very much over time. Ironically, however, it is that very stability that makes the model impossible to maintain as the world roils in a state of constant flux.”
Question: Will there still be a need for teachers if we can assume the students will soon be able to learn what they want and need to on their own time?
Connection: I thank my professors for introducing me to professional learning networks for my own personal growth and making connections with other educators and potential employers. Though I am familiar with technology, I would not have known where to start so I feel teachers are still a great importance in our education.
Epiphany/Aha: I strongly argue there is still a need for teachers who know more than their students and use their knowledge to facilitate learning. My students know how to look up the general information of a WWII battle or how economic stress was a cause of the downfall of the USSR. However, the students will just leave it at that instead of finding the historical significance, outcome, statistics of the WWII battle. Or what events caused the economic stress in the USSR. The students still need to have their teachers to guide them to ask questions, find the purpose, the significance, how it can relate to their lives today. We can't just give them a computer and let them at it. Rome wasn't built in a day and the students have more resources but they need their teachers to be their mentors. We need to help them make sense of it all.