The title of my blog post is the title of a series of videos made by The Mobile Learning Institute.
The videos can be found at http://www.mobilelearninginstitute.org/21stcenturyeducation/
This is a superb series of videos. The Institute has managed to get together a number of powerful leading figures who have the vision to have transformed their practice as teachers or administrators and academics who are teaching the next generation of educators to be aware of the changed world that we live in.
I was particularly impressed by Larry Rosenstock’s video “Project Based Learning at High tech High” where I saw how Larry has mixed academic and so-called “vocational” learning and has emphasised the aspects of creativity that lead to the skills that students will need in order to survive in the 21st century.
I was impressed, as I have always been, by Stephen Heppell’s excellent video “Enpowering Young Learners” where he takes a taxi ride across London (where I was born) and discusses the opportunities of world class 21st century learning and the problems of the factory approach inherited from Victorian Britain.
Alan November is always worth listening to and watching. I would though recommend you to watch Professor Yong Zhao’s video “No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness”. This was a powerful video where the power of creativity and the new skills for the “flat world” of the 21st century are talked about in a backdrop of the University of Michigan where he teaches the innovative approaches to teaching and learning for tomorrow’s educators.
All of these educators have one thing in common..a belief that education has to adapt and change to the changed world that we live in and that at the end of the day we are educating children for a world that we can hardly imagine that demands creativity and flexibility.
Professor Zhao cautions us about the dangers of universal testing and the way that China (where he comes from) Japan and Singapore are now beginning to encourage diversity and flexibility. He contrasts this to the U.S.A. where No Child Left Behind and the obsession with standardisation is narrowing the curriculum at a time where it needs to be widening and deepening.
I really feel that you would benefit from seeing these videos and would like to congratulate the Mobile learning Institute for having made these videos… which are beautifully shot with clever cinematography and excellent use of music… a real find for me and hopefully for the readers of this blog.
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