If technology is changing should education stay the same? If opportunities are opening up to change how we education should we stand in the way? In Sugata Mitra’s TED talks “New Experiments in Self Teaching” and “Build a School in the Cloud” he discusses the experiments he conducted bringing technology to places where teachers and education was scarce. Children who did not speak or read English were able to figure out how to browse, find computer games, and basically teach themselves how to use and understand the computer. This is amazing, some of the children in his experiments were able to teach themselves or teach each other children with only the help of a computer and encouragement. Another idea Mitra examines is the idea that children learn more if the topic is something they are interested in, which I think can be related to the importance of play in child development. Here is an article about play from the National Association for the Education of Young Children:
These experiments could mean a big change in education. Technology is becoming more prevalent in schools as it is, with many even adopting distance-learning programs, and more technology based learning. There are some many games on the Internet today that are fun, but also very educational. Even Minecraft is a educational game where children are learning creativity, problem solving, self-direction and collaboration.
Article about the education behind Minecraft: https://www.idtech.com/blog/educational-benefits-minecraft
As a future teacher this could mean a change in how dependent students are on the teacher to physically teach. Or will teachers become more of the “method of the grandmother” that Mitra describes in his TED talk. Having a way to combine these ideas of children being able to self teach and discover more about topics they are interested in as well as having somewhere they are being able to be socialized, and receive encouragement would be the best option.