Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

I thought this was a fascinating video and well worth the hour spent watching.   Although all of the programs highlighted promoted the idea of evolving the traditional classroom, each program is extremely interesting in its own way.  The program I felt most captivated by, however, was “Quest to Learn” in New York City.  Although not a big “gamer” myself, I thought this school sounded ridiculously fun!  I loved how the students, although young, were using phrases like “system based”, “trial and error” and “fun, hands-on activities” to explain their time in the classroom. 

As a teacher, you’re always trying to get your students to analyze and synthesize what they’ve learned, and through this digital learning it seems to come naturally to the students.  The teachers were always able to take it one step further to continue to engage the students; why do a paper comic strip on a fable when you can make a 3D game illustrating the same concepts.   Although an essential skill, problem solving is not something you can teach, but rather it needs to be practiced through real life or digital experiences. 

1 comment:

  1. Molly! I wrote about the same program and I love the idea of Quest to Learn. I agree with what you said about how as teachers we are trying to get our students to analyze and synthesize what they've learned, and what better way to accomplish this than through making your own games?! What I really think is cool about this is the concept that students can be assessed at the same time they are being taught. Like with all video games, you must beat a level in order to move on to the next level. If we can apply this to what is being learned in class, then it saves time, energy and money. I love this program. I want to send my future kids to this school.