As a part of their Networked Society Series, telecommunications company Ericsson has released an excellent short film called The Future of Learning. In it, professors and edtech thought leaders (including Coursera founder Daphne Koller) discuss the current education model and
how technology can and needs to change that model fundamentally.
The video opens with a thought-provoking quote by business executive and author Don Tapscott: “This is the first generation of people that work, play, think and learn differently than
their parents…They are the first generation to not be afraid of technology. It’s like air to them.”
In the opening of the video, Professor of Educational Technology Sugata Mitra says:
“Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don’t actually need to know anything — you can find out at the point when you need to know it. It’s the teacher’s job to point young minds towards the right kind of questions. The teacher doesn’t need to give any answers, the answers are everywhere. And we know now from years of measurements that learners who find the answers for themselves retain it better than if they’re told the answer.”
We pulled the video, embedded below, from Huffington Post Education. Take a
20 minute break today at some point to give it a watch — you won’t regret it.