Students learn well from each other. Peer learning and collaboration is encouraged. When students know what they need to study within their class and for future assessment’s its worth watching and studying them. How they learn and share information in this age of technology can be fascinating and a worthwhile exercise.
Maybe we can take this further, not just focusing on what strategies work for the students, but more importantly what the students struggle with. This will tell us more where we need to focus as educators and maybe how we can take this forward.
However in the mist of this come further surprises, a 13-year-old boy teaching traditional classes at MIT !
We all learn all the time in many different ways.
Follow this article from the BBC:
Whizz kid, 13, teaches technology class to MIT graduates
In less than three years, 13-year-old Quin Etnyre learned to programme electronics, created his own company, and began teaching MIT graduates in his spare time.
Fuelled by a love of electronics and education, Quin developed starter kits to help children dive into the world of electronic programming.
Looking toward the long term, this whizz kid has plans to revolutionise the education system, integrating electronics into everyday classes.
Produced by Charly Jaffe and Tasbeh Herwees; filmed by Travis Peterson; edited by Bill McKenna
For most of us note making is a traditional method and an essential approach to learning. It helps us retain vital information. It enables us to set the pattern for revising, if of course you can structure you note making orderly and effectively. They can be the basis and in some cases the core of your academic essay.
However in this digital age is it still essential to make notes?
Laptops have been hugely integrated into the classroom. Students use their laptops to make notes and then file them away for when they need them. However can we honestly say our students are only making notes, there are so many distractions for them to be drawn to.
Now of course we have a vast array of mobile devices, capable of not just helping students to make notes but can also be used to record the lecture. Is this an advantage?
We can presume all we like and there are numerous statistics out there to enable us to find out more.
But what do the students say? How do they cope with the choices from the dark side?
Listen to what our students here at London Met have to say…
London Met students talking about note making.
Chris O'Reilly is an Educational Technologist and freelance advisor for online educational learning material and development.