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October 6, 2019: The Future of Learning

After reading and listening to the assigned text and video, I found that I agree with Sugata Mitra in his TED Talk " Build a School in the Cloud" when he talks about how education in the current school system is obsolete.[1] Nowadays, technology has started taking away some of the jobs that humans would do. When you go in most grocery stores, there are many self check out areas that people would rather use sometimes instead of going to a cashier. In order to keep up with these new technologies evolve and become smart, we must also evolve so that we will not get left behind.

Mitra's dream of the Self Organised Learning Environment fits in with what we have learned about new media. It also specifically could go along with the free source. In a sense, S.O.L.E. employs the hacker spirit by wanting to have a way that people can share information that they know to people and also learn from others. With the internet, the children in these S.O.L.E. can learn almost anything themselves.[2] New media has given us more ways in which we can get and receive information. In Ted Nelson's Computer Lib/Dream Machines, he talks about how everyone should understand computers and be more computer literate.[3] In the age of new media, his statement is very true. Without having the basic understanding of computers, understanding new media and being apart of the new way of receiving and giving out information will be difficult.

October 6, 2019: Children and The Screens

In this digital age, the topic of technology in education is always part of the discussion. Before, students would have to write their term papers but now students can just sit at a computer and type them. Students do not have to use the library and check out books. Now, they are in libraries to use computers more than the books that are provided. An interesting thing that I have learned from one of the readings is that rich parents wish their children's education had less screens or no screens at all. Children from rich families are spending less time with screens than poor kids.[4] I would think that rich kids would have more screen time than poor kids since they have the resources to purchase them.

This relates to the idea of new media because of the aspect of technology and how it can affect a child in their education. It has been proven that kids who are more proficient with technology have higher chance of gaining more skills and information that those who are not. [5] Having that access to technology allows you to receive information as well as putting out ideas. Because of how technology is integrated in out lives, it has called for education to create other forms of literacy called "Computer literacy", "IT literacy", and "ICT literacy".[6] This proves even more how technology has become a major part of our lives. We have taken the time to create another subject to learn so that we can understand technology.

  • Mitra, Sugata (2014). "The Future of School": 547–558.
  • Mitra, Sugata (February 2013). "Build a School in the Cloud". TED Talks. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  • Nelson, Ted (1973). Computer Lib/Dream Machines.
  • Bowles, Nellie (October 26, 2018). "The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  • Mitra 2013.
  • Mitra 2014, p. 549.
  • Nelson 1974.
  • Bowles 2018.
  • Bowels 2018.
  • Abril,Parra,and Taffazoli 2017, p. 718.