I love Ted Talks. Every expert speaker who makes a video has a special way of sharing their voice with the audience that resonates an influential message to the world, or as TED calls it, “ideas worth spreading”.
My peers and I recently watched the following 4 Ted Talks:
- What We’re Learning From Online Education
- The Nerd’s Guide to Learning Everything Online
- Build a School in the Cloud
- Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education
These were such cool videos! Technology has opened so many doors in education. It’s overwhelming how wide our opportunities to obtain knowledge are now because of the Internet. It is a global phenomenon that reaches people all over the world. It’s wonderful how Sugata Mitra built “hole in the wall” computers in the slums of India. He found that the children didn’t need a teacher to give them answers. What they needed was an adult to insure health and safety while implementing the “grandmother effect”. The main role of the teacher is to raise the questions, then stand back and admire the answers. Children know and want to find the answers, so long as they have an adult to inspire and facilitate their wonder of knowledge. This is what I love about teaching.
As John Green talked about, there is a massive community of learners on the Internet. He knows about Emily Dickinson’s poems and opportunity cost not from his teacher, but from his peers. When he quit his job to become a full-time writer, he used the Internet to join an online community of learners from the comfort of his own home. With websites like Khan Academy, people all over the world can connect with each other and learn with the ability to pause and replay videos. It’s totally true how Sal Khan said that when people are learning a new concept, it can be stressful and embarrassing when another person is there asking if you’re understanding the material.
The main concern I had about online courses was the lack of social/communication skills you get when you work together with your teacher and classmates in the classroom. However, these videos sort of changed my perspective on online education. John Green made a good point that there are many opportunities to join an online community and interact with others like he did with Zay Frank. There is no escaping technology. It is going to continue impacting education and it is our responsibility to embrace it and use it to it’s fullest potential.
Has watching these videos changed any part of your perspective on online education?