Thursday’s Big Idea
Today's Big Idea: Disrupting Education
As the start of a new academic year fast approaches, a shared feeling of resentment is circulating around those students who misguidedly think, "school sucks." This misconception is a byproduct of an education system that is void of humanizing qualities and instead contingent on a process of rote memorization and standardized testing.
But new discussions about technology's ability to enhance education are quickly increasing the likelihood of future reform. Education technology (EduTech) experts like Curtis J. Bonk have generated surprising new research advocating the integration of online tools such as videos and games into the classroom in order to improve the learning experience and broaden students' narrow thought processes.
It has been said that the illiterates of the future will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Technology provides the means for making such literacy possible. The efficiency and variety that technology offers education proves that learning needn't be a loathed process but rather a welcomed and ongoing one.