Education and technology revolution and some KM
Robert Scoble records videos of everything and everyone he meets, mostly in the technology sectors, though he branches into other arenas as well. And he posts them all to his channel on YouTube. This video is of Lisa Petrides from ISKME (Institute for Study of Knowledge Management in Education), so it caught my eye. It took a while to have the 37 minutes necessary to watch the video. A lot of the discussion is about education and technology, as you might guess from Lisa's interests and those of Scoble. There are a number of items that I find useful from the KM perspective.
1:02: Innovation is about taking what you have, leveraging it, and putting a completely new life or twist on it.
3:45: The education revolution won't happen when we get the technology in place. It will happen when we put the learner in the center. I think I've heard a similar sentiment about knowledge management and knowledge workers. The technology helps, but if k-workers don't know how to use it, or if it doesn't help them do their jobs, it is useless.
6:00: Idea of a "learning studio" - kind of like a life studio in my mind. Put the learner in the center and let them learn in the experiences they are having.
9:30: Handheld devices (owned by the students) are going to shift education. Scoble is convinced that this is going to be the (technology) revolution for deduction. And handhelds don't require Information Technology. Earlier references to handhelds being ubiquitous in South Africa and many other non-first-world countries.
14:00: Learning is where you are. Linking back to the "learning studio" concept.
14:30: I have the world's knowledge in my pocket. But can you solve problems? How do you find it? How do you make use of it? How do you connect? How do you make sense of patterns? THAT sounds like education.
20:00: Teachers and professors becoming facilitators instead of knowing everything. But not even all students are willing to hear the professor say, "I don't know."
22:00: Knowledge is connected in a way that it has never been. But knowledge about learning isn't yet connected. I suspect this depends on the field in general. There are some sciences and fields of study where the knowledge is out there in the open, and others where the knowledge is still locked behind publication walls. And then there is all the stuff that remains behind privacy walls in corporations.
23:55: The kids know they are being cheated. They have access to viewpoints and information that aren't necessarily the party line at school.
36:40: ISKME are looking for a Director of Technology.
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