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The Future of Education

Eduard C. Lindeman (1926) described the future of education as one that would not involve teachers as oracles and students as ready receptacles for content. He expected teachers to become facilitators--guides--of the educational process who will find that they, themselves, are also learners. Lindeman presents a constructivist perspective, focusing on the learner and the learning that is taking place It also adds an additional demand on the teacher to develop mechanisms that are exciting, engaging and meaningful. We are certainly in the right part of Lindeman’s future to comply.

As a constructivist myself, my focus is on allowing students to construct meaning instead of delivering it in a monotone lecture. While I do not currently teach, some of the methods I might employ include the use of wikis in the classroom (allowing students to develop an online knowledge database for their course); project-based learning (using real-world topics, especially those that provide a sense of “urgency” and incorporating skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, writing etc.); and the incorporation of online productivity and educational tools (e.g. Google Apps for Education, Weebly or Prezi).

References

Lindeman, E.C. (1926). The meaning of adult education. New York: New York Republic.

Assessments and Technology

Dr. Robert Marzano, at the 2009 CUE Conference Keynote, noted that “assessment should be a process of interaction between a teacher and student” and explains that assessment then becomes a technique of instruction. It helps the student to know what is expected of them and the instructor know what content the student still needs to learn. Personally, one of the most telling forms of assessment are through a demonstration of understanding.

To help engage students and to identify gaps in understanding, I might use the Promethean Interactive Whiteboard. It provides a unique opportunity for students and instructors to collaboratively interact with content and demonstrate understanding. This particular Whiteboard, as discussed by Marzano (2009), also has a real-time poll built in allowing for in-class real-time question-answer format assessment.

References

Marzano, R. (2009) CUE Conference Keynote, part 1. Retrieved from http://www.schooltube.com/video/62d8c79ed3314263b9b2/2009-CUE-Conference-Keynote-part-I.

Marzano, R. (2009) CUE Conference Keynote, part 2. Retrieved from http://www.schooltube.com/video/3d8cf1cd535c4d9990d8/.

 

 

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