Posted by: crudbasher | June 8, 2010

What a Toddler Can Tell You About the Future of Education

Wow I had one of those moments where you realize something profound.  I read this article and watched the video about this toddler using an iPad.  When I was a kid media was a totally passive experience.  Now it’s not.  Here’s my brainstorm.

This child will not reach his full potential in a classroom that has a traditional teacher centric learning model.

Dang. See this is why I don’t think public education will be able to adapt in time.  This kid will be in school in 5 years. Imagine the technology available then.

Technology advancement is far outstripping revised pedagody on how to use it.  That makes devices like the iPad disruptive because they require a fundimental redesign of the school model.

  • Wow. 18 month old with an iPad.

    tags: technology, ipad, nell

    • Anyone pondering the future of television programming and related business models had better talk to my son Carson.
    • At the ripe old age of 18 months, he’s already a veteran iPhone and, now, iPad user. Having watched Carson control his exploration of media for nearly six months, I’m now convinced that there is no future for passive video consumption on any device
    • This is about how a generation feeding on absolute control and connectivity will have a completely different perception of media overall, and video in particular.
    • Here’s what we’ve found most interesting: While our son still has some tolerance for passive video watching on a television or mobile device, when given the choice, he almost always chooses the interactive experience.
    • I suspect that my son and other children of his generation will demand a seismic shift in programming — from static, passive video to immersive, interactive and intertwined content available on-demand and on any device.

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  2. Oh yes, let’s talk about this Andy!

    This child will not reach his full potential in a classroom that has a traditional teacher centric learning model.

    How many students will never meet their full potential because they are forced to be like everyone else, use the “correct” colors to color in the lines, and follow the leader? We are raising factory workers, not innovators. It’s such a shame.

    If there’s anything this oil spill might teach us, it’s that a team of innovators would have had this mess taken care of. I keep thinking the factory workers “trained to do the job” just aren’t cutting it.

    • What has amazed me about the oil spill is the amount of energy going into deciding who is at fault, and who pays for it all. The other side of the coin is the amount of energy being spent on avoiding any blame. It’s tragic all around.

  3. This is huge. You nailed it precisely, this child will not reach his full potential in a classroom that asks him to sit and be the receiver of information. That cannot be our educational model any longer. So if the current model is going to die out because it become irrelevant, what will replace it?

    • That is an excellent question!! What will replace it? I would reply in all seriousness, what won’t replace it? There should be as many options for kids to learn as we can make right? Let’s try a bit of everything and see what works best.

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