I call what Alan November advocates, “Learning 3.0”. (see the video below)
It is about giving students the space and tools to make their learning relevant to the world. REALLY relevant and actual. Make them active in the community, bring them alive to their potential.
THIS is schooling, learning, education and whatever sticker you want to place on it. Authentic material. Real problems = real learning. Purpose. Learning for the world, not for teachers or just the piece of paper or to get through the year. Knocking down the 4 walls of the classroom.
It is so important that we get off the assembly line and start really letting students venture/learn in and of their own motivation and volition.
This article – “How Teachers & Tech Can Let Students Take Control“, expounds more on the points Alan November makes in the video. Technology is allowing schools and teachers to treat students less like children, to really make them into the self-correcting, autonomous, independent learners our society needs and our future demands.
We at EnglishCentral see what we’ve built as being central to this change in education. Making school less about babysitting students and more about giving them additional responsibility for their learning – letting them be the ones driving the “learning” bus.
Just an ordinary talk with an extraordinary meaning to those who really want to change things…. Students can add value to the world. It’s up to us teachers, administrators, publishers to let them have a go.