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April 21, 2008


Bob Collier

How wonderful!

Being 'a child of the 1950s', I may be a Digital Gonk myself, but, for my 12 year old self-educated Digital Native son (who, incidentally, has been a videogamer since he was three), all that kind of stuff is his world - and it's becoming the real world now for all of us whether grown ups like it or not.

Earlier this week, I had a very interesting run-in with some 'professional educators' who were of the opinion that online learning is okay for adults but not for children because they're basically clueless and need qualified teachers to teach them. I couldn't believe what I was reading. My son has been almost entirely self-educated for more than five years. And learning at the speed of thought, not at the speed of watching paint dry as he was in his two years at school!


Aligning with your theme of digital learning possibilities, one of my fellow contributers at 12angrymen.wordpress.com has a piece about how synchronous multi-tasking might be re-wiring students' brains, and opening up possibilities for alternate instruction methods.

It might be possible to teach multiple subjects (or multiple difficulty levels) at the same time -- if teachers were also multi-taskers who could operate near the efficiency of the students.


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