As an educational technologist I am always on the look out for interesting resources to add to my YouTube Playlist or Pinterest Pinboard, resources that spark reflection and thinking about 21st century teaching. I recently added two videos that may do just that.
It is often said that androgodgy should always come first and supportive technology (aka tools) come last. This first video entitled This Will Revolutionize Education (7:22 Min.) by Derek Muller supports that view. Derek, explains many subtle details in technology trends and concludes by saying what will revolutionize education is the social, learning process and a caring teacher (with supporting technology).
The second video entitled The Myth of Average (18:26 Min.) by Todd Rose will make you re-think the idea that you can reach the most students by designing learning environments (down the middle) for the average student. It builds a strong case for designing flexible learning environments (ex. Differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning). The video made a strong case to "Ban Average and Design for the Edges."
Full: This Will Revolutionize Education (https://youtu.be/GEmuEWjHr5c) (7:22 Min.)
- 1922 - Motion picture (00:12 Min.)
- 1930 - Radio (00:23 Min.)
- 1950 - Educational Television (00:46 Min.)
- 1980 - Computers (1:00 Min.)
- 1990 - Video Discs (1:30 Min.)
- What limits learning (4:08 Min.)
- What experiences promote thinking for learning
- Guide the social process of learning Why we need teachers (6:01 Min.)
Full: The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDx Sonoma County (https://youtu.be/4eBmyttcfU4)(18:26 Min.)
In the 1952 the United States Air Force faced a flight performance problem, through research it was determined that cockpits should not be designed for average pilot dimensions (0:23 - 1:49).
- Performance depends on the fit between pilot and cockpit (1:12 - 1:32)
- Researcher Gilbert Daniels studied 4000+ pilots and found 0 pilots fit the average profile, each pilot had jagged profiles (2:04 - 3:39)
- Making simple adjustments improve performance, expand diversity, nurture individual talents
If we design learning environments (lessons activities and assessments) for the average learner we are missing opportunities to nurture individual talents (5:24).
- Losing Gifted kids (6:35)
- How much of this problem is bad course design (7:05)
- Designing textbooks for average student “age appropriate” (7:10 - 8:26).
- Student Jagged Learning profile (8:04)
- Average Destroys Talent (8:45)
- Makes talent a liability. Can’t challenge students, they get bored.
- Makes you weakness harder to see so it can’t nurture.
- Leverage technology. (10:27)
- Impact of addressing an individuals jagged learning profile - Billy (11:58 - 15:30)
- Ban the average and design for the edges. (15:31)