Comments on: Remixing education http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: dealsIndia http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/comment-page-1/#comment-48644 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:49:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8810#comment-48644 The classrooms and the way of teaching is changing in India, especially in metros like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai etc. The Kindergarten kids are using iPads instead of slates. The traditional black boards are giving way to smart boards.
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By: TFF http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/comment-page-1/#comment-28043 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:55:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8810#comment-28043 That’s ironic… We’ve made a conscious choice NOT to allow our children significant internet access (or other forms of electronics). At least not in early elementary school. Children that age need a solid grounding in concrete reality.

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By: hsvkitty http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/comment-page-1/#comment-28039 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:16:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8810#comment-28039 Errrm, y2kurtus try to think like someone who will never be able to afford an Ipad … being you can’t eat it and then comment on how the poorer are reacting. (It seems you think they are ingrates) A piece of technology I know nothing about would leave me cold as well if I was poor, especially if it was expensive and I didn’t have a guarantee I wasn’t liable for damages.

I remember my Dad teaching what was later called “health” as he reminded the poor kids to brush their teeth and wash their hands so they didn’t ruin the books and could hygienically sit in that same desk every day. (they came directly from the fields) Sometimes you need to make sure the basics are taken care and you know the dynamics, before you go big.

What the parents need is some knowledge that working 3 jobs and putting food on the table might mean someday they can afford to put their child through College or at least better themselves… but they are pretty discouraged given statistics show most won’t make it through highschool let alone go to college.

Now if that Ipad promises that, maybe they will be interested. Also remember that the advent of the calculator was heralded, but few people left school being able to do much in their head … they had to make cash registers to figure out change.

Sorry to go off topic. I truly am all for anything that sparks a love of reading and learning in children, teachers and parents.

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By: Stephen.Boylan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/comment-page-1/#comment-28023 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:20:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8810#comment-28023 Inspiring! This grown-up for one, would also like to play.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/comment-page-1/#comment-28008 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:06:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8810#comment-28008 I was a math professor for 15 years, and I can’t tell you how many teaching horror stories in the subject I heard from students. Teachers using math as punishment, or not groking the subject themselves before teaching it, and so on. Peer learning, with some direction/explanation, can work even in math.

As for not believing everything you read, that’s a part of the learning process too. Much of what I learned in the classroom growing up was invalidated or greatly expanded as my world view became gradually larger. And that’s the true lifelong learning process; I’m certain that today I think I know things that I don’t really know at all. I can only hope to grow enough to understand just a little bit more before I die.

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By: y2kurtus http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/28/remixing-education/comment-page-1/#comment-28000 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 01:46:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8810#comment-28000 This is incredibly exciting stuff. The Khan Academy could boost American test scores back up into the realm of the respectable all by itself.

A district in my state is spending ultra-scarce resources on giving all kindergardners iPads using a grant, corporate sponsorship, and targeted fundrasing. Taxpayers were up in arms and parents (75% of whom could probably not afford to buy an iPad themselves) were cold to the idea. “I’m not paying for that if Timmy breaks it!” I can’t even describe how awesome the things are for teaching 5 yearolds. The things (and the apps that run on them) are so intutive that the kids litterally teach themselves.

In an age of slow growth and austerity there is still pleanty to be positive about!

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