I found this quote while reading Exploring the State of Education Now.
“in 1920 being illiterate meant not being able to read or write. In 2010 being illiterate means not knowing how to surf the net.”
That got me thinking. Going beyond literacy, what are some of the new basic skills you need?
So here are some thoughts:
- Learning is exploratory. You learn better by exploring. So you need to learn a skill to explore.
- Learning is both deep and wide (T-shaped). We need to get a bird’s eye view of a lot of interrelated disciplines but also deep knowledge in one or more specific ones.
- Self learning is going to trump all other forms. The ones motivated to learn can find ways of learning that far exceed the capability of teachers to teach.
- Creating a passion for learning is more important than teaching lots of facts and even concepts.
- Teaching people how to learn is even more important that teaching them something.
One of the things I am noticing is that in higher ed, the role of teachers is shifting. To the dismay of most of us, there are at least a few students who are smarter, faster, better informed than us as teachers in the class. The collective intelligence of the students is a magnitude higher than that of the teacher.
So how can we leverage the interest, collective intelligence of the students to make learning better?
So what is a new basic skill? Learning to learn.
Here are a few articles that triggered this post (tweeted by me in the last 24 hours):
Beyond #FB, beyond consoles and computer screens, games are becoming the medium for everyday life, http://bit.ly/dMhsqg via @Xin_Cindy_Chen
The Classroom of 2020? http://bit.ly/ed53rc #learning2020
If you asked a professor versus a student “where and when does learning happen,” you’d get 2 different sets of answers. http://bit.ly/hoeINI
Twitter Search – Learning in 2020: http://twitter.com/#!/search/learning2020