“If we teach today’s students the way we taught them yesterday, we rob them of tomorrow”
Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century explores five different ways in which technology is being used to enhance learning in the classroom and out. I was extremely blown away by the amount of creativity in the use of technology that is being implemented in the classroom and as a technique for learning! I was particularly interested in the Manhattan based school Quest 2 Learn, the use of video games in the classroom was taboo when I was growing up and I never would have thought the educational purpose they could serve. These children are having to create these games, by doing so they are creating problems for someone to solve, to move to the next level in a video game you must solve the problem in order to win – the children are learning, but they’re having fun while doing so. As was said in the video, you can’t move to the next level without knowing and learning what’s on the one before – the child has already been assessed, learning and assessment are the same thing. I thought that was a very interesting and eye opening concept, instead of memorizing facts the information is presented to the children in such a way that it makes for an extremely rich, creative and unique learning system.