Conversations on Teaching and Learning in a Networked World
It seems that the future of education is all going into the clouds. It is virtual.Everything is happening somewhere outside.Cloud is a big classroom trying to accomodate the globe.
I am still traditional. Chalk and talk and face to face teacher-student interraction lover. Does it want me to change? Is there a risk if I do not want to change.
I think it would be best to combine the two methods.
Many educators are exploring ways to bring online learning into classrooms, but it won't do a whole lot of good if students aren't engaged. Blogger Andrew Miller offers some strategies to keep them hooked.
Just found the link about your thema.
I agree, I think that face to face teacher student interaction is and will continue to be very important. I for one though am really interested in finding more about building and implementing an online environment for my students (like Edmodo). I have given a lot of thought to the idea of how I want my classroom to more closely resemble my students “real world”. I see my students being alienated by the increasing divide between how they are expected to learn in the traditional school system (off line) and how they learn outside of school (online). I think that this is a practical way to bring the online world into the classroom through a rich online learning environment that supports my teaching practice by fostering collaboration, communication, accountability, and engagement.
It's really a nice thought and a burning question obviously. The matter is that- we need to project two things at the same time which are a) live interactions and ii) making every knowledge & resource persons reachable. In that case I would like to agree with Radoslava Konjevic. Blending two methods and 'what require where' strategy will be the best, I think. Gratitude.
Regardless of the vast amount of information that is present on the web, we still require a base amount of knowledge to help us succeed and function in society. Literacy, numeracy, and understanding of the world around us (both socially and scientifically) is still crucial. It does not matter whether the virtual forum, traditional classroom, or other forums are used, we still need the basics.
I don't care how a child is educated. What is important to me is that he has access to education. I would like to see some sort of global curriculum accessible on the internet. For example, this would allow people in a little village with no teacher, but access to the internet, to have the opportunity to become educated. It gives them a chance. In some places, they may choose to combine the classroom approach with virtual education, yet in others, choose a strictly teacher oriented approach. A classroom in one area of the world may look totally different to another location, but the children could still be acquiring an education. That is the important part.
Literacy and numeracy are crucial. A child who has been taught to read, and perform basic numeracy skills could begin working with a carpenter around the age of sixteen (give or take) and learn all the skills and knowledge required to do that job. He will have been educated for carpentry by the carpenter and may have the opportunity for more job specific learning through upgrading and training with colleges and universities.
I guess in this case, the destination is more important than the journey.