Democratization of Knowledge: Implications of Access to Students

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Published on February 20, 2014

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Democratization of Knowledge Implications of Access to Students TOF4LK 2nd Live Session February 19, 2014, 7-8:30 pm

2070 Would anybody have an idea what this year will look like? Any thoughts?

Sofia, my 8 year old daughter, will retire in the year 2070

To be prepared for the jobs of the 21st century, do you think the kinds of things a student needs to learn in school are very similar, somewhat similar, somewhat different or very different from what a student needed to learn 20 years ago?

We really do not know what will happen in 2070 or even 10 years from now…….

….But we are tasked to prepare our youth now as adults in this unknown future.

Learning from the youth instead

Globalization & the Internet Dramatic technological changes that impacts all aspects of people’s lives Education Public Safety Government Communication Ethics Technology-enabled learning; teachers act as facilitators and guiding students in the exploration of information CCTV; text messaging; smart phone for video; tracking services Online services and records; access to information & feedback mechanism for policy and decision-making Emails, text messaging, smart phones, e-cards, social networks, blogs, websites It’s not simply about right and wrong now but more on informed choices of both sides

Knowledge GAP?

What is the most popular website for definitions and general information? information as well information

What are our ideas on these key words? Student’s opinions Smart phones in class Lecture capture/recording Libraries Departmental exams Curriculum

Gigi Francisco, MC Faculty, International Studies Cyberspace is the zone of the younger generations. This in itself is a powerequalizing opportunity. Why? Because the teacher is not the expert, often the students are the ones that are totally computer savvy.

There is also a sense of uncertainty and element of surprise for the teacher. Why? It is because cyberspace is such a huge universe that one might not be able to anticipate what and where information is coming from. And this is perhaps the beauty of the new information and communication technology - there are endless possibilities for interconnections and for knowledge creation!

What is also new is that teachers have now become more transparent and accountable for their role as educators. Why? Because teachers are now publishing their thoughts, ideas and opinions, and learners are now given the opportunity to debate, contest and argue against these. One way is to use contrary opinions of others – bloggers, if you will – that students may post, to generate a debate.

Equalizing power in education is one way that I see the internet radicalizing our times. And when power relations are transformed, there will also be new way of learning - one that generates diversities, contestations, and new forms of inter-subjective humanity. We begin from standpoints-viewpoints and end, hopefully, with more wisdom in the convergences and divergences of our multiple ideas and our sciences. Who knows, we might even end up with a new civilization?

Thank you! Source: Karen Brooks, Instructional Technology Specialist, Model Schools, Ulster BOCES

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