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Is youtube revolutionizing education?

by Sayraphim on May 24, 2019

This is not a full blog post, just a long quote from the Veritasium video I’ve embedded. I’ll be back later to chat more about it…
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“if you think the fundamental job of a teacher is to transmit information from their head to their students, then… they are obsolete…. Luckily the fundamental role of a teacher is not to deliver information. It is to guide the social process of learning. the job of a teacher is to inspire. to challenge. Is to excite their students to want to learn. Yes they also do explain and demonstrate and show things, but fundamentally that is beside the point. the most important thing a teacher does is to make every student feel they are important. to make them feel accountable for doing the work of learning. All of this is not to say technology has not had an impact of learning… but all of this should be characterised as an evolution of learning, not a revolution. The foundation of education is still based on the social interaction between teachers and students. … For as transformative as each new technology seems to be… what really matters is what happens inside the learners head. and making a learner think seems best achieved in a social environment with other learners and a caring teacher. ”

 

For another view:

And a quote from Hank Green from 2015

“What is the value of new media – the Internet?” Hank asks. “There’s a new toolbox and it’s very exciting and vital that we use that for education.”  https://www.forbes.com/sites/karenhua/2015/06/23/education-as-entertainment-youtube-sensations-teaching-the-future/#6fc72c7b47c2

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