We’ve just had a day at the CoSN conference with international educators discussing the challenges for schooling in today’s world….and guess what, they are global!
Every country is asking questions about the nature of schooling in a Web 2.0 world. So far there are a lot of questions being asked in search of some intelligent answers.
Charles House is the Executive Director of Media X at Stanford University. He gave a great intro that set the context of the 2.0 world and its challenges. He observed that learning today happens “…after school, between friends and not in schools.” He also observed that web 2.0 lets people into “the dialogue” and this single fact has yet to be grasped by educators.
This capacity to dialogue is critical as we meet the challenges ahead. It speaks to how we understand learning today and how students learn. It is also provides a real and dynamic democratising of learning.
Who is the learner in today’s world as we move from a paradigm of schooling as a consumption of information process to the creation /construction of knowledge?