A surfeit of information?

Below is a short film of a recent TED programme talk by a teacher – Diana Laufenberg. It has a number of different messages.

A mapping of the transition from a knowledge poor community to a present day surfeit of information. (We too remember the power of a printed version of The Encyclopedia Britannica).

How using their own voice in learning and the outcomes of it is a powerful tool for student learning itself. Finally, Diana Laufenberg makes a telling case for the power of failure.

The one answer, and only one answer is right – the prescriptive model of going to a single building to be ‘given’ knowledge, these Diana argues are outmoded paradigms.

In a world of web technology, laptops and mobile devices – with the clamour of data and image, how best should we learn, reflect and filter?

We have many clients who use the web to allow the leaners voice to emerge, to post the creative works of students online. Others are less well developed in this area, perhaps missing an opportunity to maiximise learning.

What is interesting in this short talk, is how, even in a community that is highly affluent with clearly pervasive use of technology, that the debate still rages. Inspiring.

You can read more about TED – Ideas Worth Spreading here.

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