Great new video podcast on the Infinite Thinking Machine from MacWorld 2007— including reflections from many (including yours truly) on what it would mean for learning if every student had an iPhone!
My comment for the podcast that wasn’t included was that 1:1 learning with small, powerful devices like the iPhone IS and WILL BE the future of learning in our schools. It’s just a matter of time before the prices go down further and the power gets unbelievably powerful.
But as Marco challenged us at MACE today, what are we going to DO with these devices? The same things we’ve always been doing in schools? Reading pages 1-10 and answering questions 1-4? Let’s hope not. We need to measure learning on our classrooms more by the QUESTIONS students ask and the CONVERSATIONS our lessons inspire rather than the ANSWERS students can spew out in a 45 minute class period. We can and probably should still take multiple-choice tests too– I’m not advocating an end to read-only learning. But we also need read-write learning. Remixed education. And more choices about how we consume information: In audio, visual, and video formats. That’s the new read-write.
An iPhone for every student? Yes, it’s coming. Next school year in your school district? Probably not. But the devices are on the way. We’re already swimming in devices, but it’s up to educators and educational leaders to lead the way in ASKING DIFFERENT QUESTIONS and seeking to cultivate individual RELATIONSHIPS with each student. On the basis of those relationships, amazing things can be learned and shared. We can create knowledge products that, as Marco says, “have wings” and become amplifiers for our ideas far more powerful than we ever dreamed possible.
The line between imagination and reality, creativity and and real life, has become closer than ever. Dream big dreams. Provoke imaginations and invite curiosity in your classroom. Be the change. The kids are ready.
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