The official US Army video on YouTube, “Army Learning Concept 2015,” dramatizes a vision of learning for the future soldier filled with iPhone and iPad use which reminds me of Abilene Christian University’s video “Connected” which was published several years ago. The music reminds me of the battle scene music in trailer for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
In February , the Army plans to begin fielding phones, network equipment and applications to the first Army brigade to be modernized under the brigade combat team modernization program. That test will not be limited to smart phones but will include any electronic devices that may be useful to troops… ‘We’re looking at everything from iPads to Kindles to Nook readers to mini-projectors,’ said Mike McCarthy, director of the mission command complex of Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss.
“The U.S. Army Learning Concept for 2015” report is a 72 page document (available on the open web as a PDF) which outlines ways the US Army is seeking to embrace blended learning for its soldiers worldwide. I’ll be sharing a short presentation next month at Fort Sill, here in Oklahoma, at the 1st Biennial Intellectual Warrior’s Conference (IWC). This event will provide an opportunity for Army leaders at Fort Sill to learn more about “Army Learning Concept 2015” and how it can be operationalized to better educate today’s military leaders and troops.
This video is among 2900 others on the US Army’s official YouTube channel. Is your school still blocking YouTube access for students, by the way? The video was posted in October 2010.
The US military is moving pro-actively to embrace blended learning in multiple forms, including mobile learning. What about your school? Are your teachers learning how to effectively talk with media? Our school leaders need more opportunities to develop and refine a vision for blended learning in schools in the 21st century. It’s interesting and instructive to learn how the US Army is doing this now.
We’re living in the formative years of the learning revolution, which is a fundamental shift in the ways ideas are created and shared around the world. If your school leadership is NOT embracing the opportunities available for blended instruction and learning in today’s connected media landscape, it’s time they got on board. As the theme song for “Meet the Robinsons” declares, “The Future Has Arrived.” It’s a GREAT day for learning!
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