Thursday, April 14

[ANALYST] - TASK 6 COMPLEXETY AND RELATIONSHIPS



This week the task was to read two chapters of a book “Teaching and learning in the digital age” and find examples of recent news in the internet for every part in the first chapter. Respect to the other chapter (number 4), we had to invent a situation according to every section in it. On Monday we read everything and divided the parts to work in. Then, on Tuesday, we did a meeting to explain every part to the two stars and discuss our examples because the stars wanted to do a good job for the whole group.

We always work in this structure; read everything, divide parts and individual work on Mondays, group meeting on Tuesday to finish the artefact and discuss all the details of the task and presentation on Wednesdays. We have discovered that this way to work is working well and from my point of view the connection of the group is improving every week.

Continuing with the week, Wednesday came and they were ready for whatever we would have to do (we just knew they would be an editor from a newspaper and a director of a theatre company), they had the printed papers with everything in them. But finally they didn’t have to present anything, the task get more complicated now. For next week, they will be the facilitators and they will organize the task 7, very related with the work we did this week. All the class will work as a group. The editors will work with writers (half of the class) to do the best news TV program and the directors will work with actors (the other half class), to do a kind of informal news program such as “Diario de Patricia” or something like that.

Thanks to this task, we were in contact with current news about education in Spain and Europe and we could realize the importance of the matter is (teaching in the digital age, teaching to learn above all). For example, the news about that computers which don’t improve pupil results, is because teachers and schools don’t use in the right way these technology, because they just try to teach in the same way they did all their lives and they use computers as a support for traditional learning processes (Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD). 

Finland surprised me too with the news about the next step in their educational system, they want to change “subjects” for “topics” (Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system). They have the best educational system of Europe and probably the whole world but this change will be the biggest one. If it works well, maybe in several years we will be copying them, if it is not, they will lose the top position. In my opinion, it’s a huge challenge but like the sentence says: “ If you want to win, you will have to be risky”. With this new method they will break the boundaries between knowledge areas and I think this is something good, because in the real life, everything is connected. It’s not maths or science, geography or history. It’s about facts, experience, points of view, common knowledge and so on.

The future of education is a mystery, and we need to be ready to adapt and learn to teach not in contents, because they will be accessible for anyone from anywhere, we will have to know how to teach to be creative, collaborative and to be able to use in the best way all the tools we have and it will be coming (http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/10-global-trends-in-ict-and-education).

And to conclude I will use this phrase from John Dewey: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”.



 Cristina.


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