Information is NOT knowledge. There is masses of information at the fingertips of our students, but the roll of educators is to facilitate the relationship of "internet resources" and the students. Smart devices does not make a knowledgable student, there needs to be the switch in education from a "what you know" mentality to "show me what you can do."
I have been blessed to have a teacher training program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth that did not just drive home pedagogy, philosophy and other "information" essential for all teachers to know. It gave opportunities to innovate and challenged me to perfect the process of creation. The education for new teachers needs to change, but that's not the end all. We need to have continued development of our current teachers as well. If we want our students to be innovative and creative, our teachers need to lead by example.
In order to change the current school understanding, we need to change the RESULT, that will lead to changing the process. Changing the result specifically highlights the way we assess. Changing the way things are assessed, will allow students to break out of the constraints of this current boring educational system and develop their OWN education.
A worthwhile pedagogy that will lead to student learning needs to look something like the following.
- Discussion of conceptual knowledge between teacher and students.
- Students DO and then reflect.
- Teacher observes and reflects with the student.
- Discussion happens again between teacher and student which causes a deeper reflection which spawns not just the understanding of information, but KNOWLEDGE. As a supplement to teaching and learning, technology is used to assists interactions. Now we are thinking about the process as a whole.