The future of education

View Presentation See slide 156 of this presentation by Yukai Chou for the original version of this brilliant vision of the not-so distant future of education: "How educators will likely become facilitators and cheerleaders instead of teachers in a world where students can get more information than what the educator knows faster than she can say it, and how education should reward students for who they are and how they are unique, instead of shame them for who they are not ... Students (even good students!) abhor tests and do it just because they have to. Very few people look forward to tests. If we successfully gamify education, then “assessments” will be seen as an exciting opportunity for students to unlock new materials and skill-sets instead of always being a drag."

Education, Learning, Play and Gamification

This blog post is a reflection on my (current) definition of  the terms: Education, Learning, Play and Gamification.  Personally I believe that we all can learn for our entire lives, however the extent of resources (including time) and role-models available usually limits what we can learn, and what we want to learn. At some point we internalise values, stop learning and habitual behaviour kicks in. At any point in our life we can take in new information which may, or may not change our values and habits.  Settling in to a habitual life can bring contentment, in that aspect of our life at least, so that further learning may not be necessary, or desired, and can even be viewed as dangerous. For each person and culture this 'comfort zone' of contentment and habits will be different. So learning is linked to change, specifically behaviour change, and the desire for change is a very personal process. (Or maybe that's just what I have been taught to believe? 😉 As I am from the Island continent of Australia, I have missed out on the notion of arbitrary, ever-changing borders common in Europe. There are 26 pavement markings of the border between Netherlands and Belgium.The Australian government … Continue Reading ››