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Two brilliants talks on education

Two completely fascinating presentations on technology and education, from very different points of view.

Dylan William brilliantly advances, step by step, toward concluding that technology has a quite particular role to play in education:

What I’m going to argue is that the role of technology in improving learning is primarily in what I call third generation pedagogies. Where we have automated aggregation technologies, which actually take the responses of different students and do some smart things with those things. And give the teacher advice about what are the sensible next steps. The really brilliant teachers are doing this already. But most teachers can’t do it. And so the challenge of third generation pedagogy is to have the contingencies of teaching—that what you do when you know that the teaching didn’t work quite the way you intended—that is supported by technology.

Google’s Peter Norvig, among other things, adds to the mix the value of having students learning in teams so they can teach one another.

(Many thanks to Seb Schmoller for the pointers.)

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5 Responses to “Two brilliants talks on education”

  1. I’m puzzled about moving instruction from teacher-centric to student-centric (and I guess it is learning, not instruction, then) and wondering what the OLPC experience will provide, with the emphasis on constructionist approaches.

    Have you been thinking about that?

  2. Yes, I have been wondering about that. I’m not sold on the constructionist approach. OLPC is constructionist (as I understand it), but you don’t have to be constructivist to like Norvig’s idea that students learning by working together is one useful component of education.

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