Instead of students being limited to the textbook they receive from their school, that may or may not be outdated, they now have access to resources from literally around the world. Websites like Project Gutenberg and the National Archives give students access to millions of resources, in various forms of media, on just about any topic they could imagine.
With that being said, quantity does not necessarily mean quality. For every respectable source of information online, there’s an endless amount of second rate information. Teaching students how to find valid and reliable sources of information is paramount to education in the digital age. However, I don’t believe it stops there.
I want to talk about something interesting I learned from watching a video on Sugata Mitra. He is the Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England.
He is best known for his “Hole in the Wall” experiment, and widely cited in works on literacy and education. He is Chief Scientist, Emeritus, at NIIT. He is also the winner of the TED Prize 2013. In the video below, he talks about four things that modern students of the digital age need to learn in order to be contributing members of a global society.
Mitra goes on to state that with these skills, there is no job or career that a students we educate today, will not be prepared for in their future.
Where do you stand on this topic? In what ways does this philosophy align with the skills based approach of the Common Core State Standards? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.