Published on May 15, 2013
Drawing by Alexey Iorsh
Let’s begin by asking…
Education is just…
a story of stories.
when you put together…
someonewho wantsto teach
+someonewho wantsto learn
It is a simple equation.
abct1p1TIMEPLACETeacherYou havethe timeand placeof theteacher
abct2p2StudentAndthe timeand placeof thestudentTIMEPLACE
Traditional Educationabcabct1p1t2p2==In traditional education bothtimes and places are equal
Virtual Educationabcabct1p1t2p2==WWWIn virtual education timesor places can be different
abcabcWWWAnd the connection is…
But virtual education
has been around for centuries.
Teachers and students
in different times and places
have been connected
by a technology called
someone inone timeand place
can tell astory
to someonein adifferenttime andplace.
was based on «expert users»
of this ancient technology.
That is:good readers and good writers
Berthe Morisot (1870) Johannes Vermeer (1670)Reading+Writing
The process is the same
The tools are different
Different Media Different Speeds
When educationhas a time and a place
We havea course
A course is a place
where you can go
to listen to a story
Then a course is
One story+One host
One story+One host+Several guests
But today we have
New principlesThe MaterialsAtoms vs. BitsProcessing Informationvs. Moving ObjectsIntangiblesCollective KnowledgeGeneration of IdeasOverinformationMisinformationGil Bruvel
New principlesThe PlaceDistance is redefinedFrontiers are obsoleteThe World is your audienceand your competitorChallenges and threatsare closer…one click apartGil Bruvel
New principlesThe TimeInstantaneousInteractive / FeedbackReal time / MultitaskingConstant ChangeA Life Projectvs. A Life of ProjectsGil Bruvel
There is a new arena
for this ongoing conversation
between teachers and students.
The virtual classroom
WWWVirtual CampusVirtual ClassroomActivities• Discussions• Questionnaires• Homework• Glossaries• Chats• Blogs• WikisResources• Links• Readings• Learning ObjectsFiles• Folders• Documents• Videos / Audios
A place full of tools
for the host to find new ways
to tell the story
A story can be told in sequenceVirtual Classroom
Virtual ClassroomOr not…
It can be full ofresourcesReadingsLinks VideosSimulationsLearning objectsAudios
But it willbe lifeless
of all theparticipants
but not asimportant
We can have
the best of both worlds
and go toschool
But what aboutthe “old” classroom?
Education is …
…an economic process …
When I pass through this process…
…an «educated» person.
It is a costly process$
…that I pay…$
…or someone else pays.$TaxesCitizensEnterprises
It is expensive. Yes.
But… is it valuable?
What is value?
Valor= braveryHowbraveam I?
Education as a process…
…should raise my value.
…should raise my value.+Valuable
…should raise my value.+Values+Valuable
…should raise my value.+Values+Valor+Valuable
Is it working?
Who should be blamed?TheBureaucracy?
Who should be blamed?TheCongress?TheBureaucracy?
Who should be blamed?The President?TheCongress?TheBureaucracy?
Who should be blamed?The privatesector?TheCongress?TheBureaucracy?The President?
No…The privatesector?TheCongress?TheBureaucracy?The President?
The blame isThe privatesector?TheCongress?TheBureaucracy?The President?
TheBureaucracy?The blame is…on us!Students
…on us!The blame is Andon us!TeachersStudents
Because…We tolerate mediocrity!
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!Educationis us…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We want quality in education…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…but we don’t show up for it.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!And when we go…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…we are not there.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We want more resources…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…to «preserve» them.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We want freedom…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…of expression.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We are against privatization…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…but we never deprive ourselves…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…of the products…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…of the products……of the private sector.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We want changes…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…but we don’t vote.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We deplore corruption…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…of others.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We embrace technology…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…that “eases” our lives.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We understand originality…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…as not being caught.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…as not being caught.Investigation = Compilation
A teacher is measured…
…by the amount of diplomas.
The job of the educator
The job of the educatorhas turned into«diplomacy»
The job of the educatorhas turned into«diplomacy»Or the art ofaccumulating…
The job of the educatorhas turned into«diplomacy»Or the art ofaccumulating…diplomas
We want to be doctors…
…so we won’t teach to undergrads
Our intellectual «production»…
…is buried in unread magazines.
…is buried in unread magazines.And rarely used in the classroom.
…is just a cruel joke.
The quality of education…
…is attested in certifications.
…is attested in certifications.Far, far away from the classroom.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!Undergraduated studies are…
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…undervalued.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!So we need to «acquire»...
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!…more diplomas.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!We became «consumers»…
…of the diploma industry.
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!Many graduatedEducamos a muy pocos
¡Toleramos la mediocridad!Many graduatedFew educated
So we need…
…a real education reform…
…in the classroom.
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!We have everything:The placeThe peopleThe time
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!Why don’t werescuethe classroom?
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!Let’s value the hour of class!Do we investigate?Do we question?Do we debate?Do we share?Do we build?Do we create?Do we…learn?
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!Let’s celebrate the encounter!What doI bring?What doI take away?Was it valuable?What’s next?
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!Let’s enrich the experience!Do we knoweach other?Do we laugh?Do we live?Are weaccomplices?
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!Let’s value the «product»!What’s thevalue of…what I wrote?…what I read?…what I built?…what I brought?…what I asked?
¡Toleramos lamediocridad!Let’s privatize education!In the privacy…of myclassroom…of myteammatesIn my privacy.
Let’s certify education!Am I a little bit…wiser?…worthier?…braver?Do I attest it?Do I certify it?
Let’s reform education!In each classroomIn each courseIn each hour of classIn each teacher…
What are wewaiting for?
Let’s start the«conspiration»…!
…in the classroom!
Thank youFind my free e-book“El Profe Virtual” (Spanish)http://www.profevirtual.comGuillermo Ramírez(Do not hesitate to comment and share this presentation if you like it)
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