Wow. A lot went on here. My first thought? “Wait, a social anthropologist with a job?!” But then the more I listened, the more interested I got. The concept was simple, in terms of computer literacy, we are not doing well. We need to engage students more and allow them to express themselves in new ways. Simply put, the traditional style of teaching is not relevant anymore.
And I agree to a certain extent. Frankly, I have a hard time giving my attention for 50 minute classes. If I have my laptop there, I’m on Facebook and google within 20 minutes. And considering that for what I pay in tuition, every class I attend is worth about 100 dollars to me, I want more. I don’t want to sit there and listen to someone talk for 50 minutes about something 3 times a week. I want to learn, and sometimes I understand you have to sit there and listen, but there are times when I can learn more and the professor can get me involved. He made a strong point that when we sit there and listen all class, we memorize what we are being taught. When we are hands on and do it ourselves, we learn. We get a much deeper understanding of the material by actually doing it. Don’t get me wrong, I pay my own tuition and I want to learn. And I understand that means sometimes you have to just suck it up and listen for 50 minutes. But it makes me feel like I learn more and get my moneys worth more when I am engaged and actually doing something.
He is right that technology, while still a tool, can also shape our interactions and our lives. But we can use that. We can use those interactions and how we engage on the internet to learn more about our subject and give ourselves a deeper understanding.
Unfortunately there is only so much we can do when we are first introduced to this concept in college. I believe he is right when he said we need to start learning it as early as kindergarten. In college, we are learning a lot and doing a lot. This isn’t a tool that can be used when taught at college. It is a lesson in and of itself. If we make ourselves literate through grade school, then this all becomes a tool we can use.