I loved this video. It is actually called “Microsoft We Are The Future” and is all about Microsoft’s support for schools in this case in Britain (my home country), Mexico, Sweden and the U.S. It has some great shots of pupils from the four countries expressing just what technology is doing to transform their education. It also has some great input from one of my personal heroes, Sir Ken Robinson.
In the video Sir Ken says: “The current (education) system was devised for a world that was pre-digital and is being run by people who are also pre-digital. So I believe we’re in a transition phase here between one culture of education and another one that’s emergent. The problems come about when people start to think of needing scalable solutions… that we need to have one thing we can apply anywhere… as if there is some silver bullet here.What you can do is look at the principles of great education and encourage people to apply them in their own setting…. and every school will be different and they’ll be different because all children are different. It isn’t just a new way of doing the things you could do before (my emphasis) it’s a brand new set of possibilities.”
Later on in the video Sir Ken says: “information technology also offers some of the means by which the system can be reinvented”
This is a beautifully produced video that is really worth seeing if you want to know what all the fuss about technology transforming education is all about. The reason that I didn’t use the full title of “Microsoft..We Are The Future” is that I thought the word “Microsoft” may very well turn people away from reading it….. doesn’t that say something about my view of this company and its founder Bill Gates… and also (possibly) yours?
Almost the last shot in the video (before the credits) has pictures of the students in a montage… overlaying the montage are the words: TOGETHER WE ARE PARTNERS IN LEARNING….. indeed we are.