There are various interesting slideshows on Slideshare.net that show us education and its future in interesting lights. Here are some of them.
Here's a video made by City College Student Union about personalised learning:
Two things are obvious:
- Students don't know the latest educational jargon
- Students are generally aware of their individual needs and feel schooling should respond to them
Questions to ask:
- Are students always aware of what their 'real' needs are?
- Are the scenarios in which educational institutions respond to student needs sufficiently fleshed out to support detailed policies?
In a recent meeting somebody quoted a saying by a teacher: "It's called MySpace for a reason" meaning that students may not be particularly keen on inviting the teachers into their own social-networking world. However, on the other hand, a significant amount of non-formal learning takes place in these social environments. From my recent project proposal: