The Freshers are back! It got us thinking… Digital education, do we do it right? We’ll be hosting a digital education debate with actual experts who know what they’re talking about on the 10th October, in the meantime, here are @RebeccaWho‘s thoughts on the matter:
“I’ve got beef with education full stop. It’s all done wrong. Never mind digital.
Let’s start at the beginning: School. As much as teachers like to harp on about the about different ways people learn. Do they put this into practice? Hardly. We’re NOT addressing the needs of the individual. You know what else we’re not doing very well? Basics. Geography for example, I remember learning about the Central Business District in great detail, yet we were taught diddly squat about where countries are. I live in the CBD, don’t tell me about that, tell me about Ulan Bator. Then I might have more of a chance of not looking stupid in a pub quiz.
Also, a lot of school was just learning facts. We don’t need to learn all of those facts any more – we have Google now. Wouldn’t it be better to teach analysis techniques and research methods so when we get all of the information (from Google) We’re able to understand how to use it properly and are fully equipped to think about what it all means?
Then let’s move onto the digital aspect. When I started university, I had to do an Art and Design Foundation year. On my first lesson of the “computing” module, we were thought how to turn our computers on and send an email. Some had trouble with it, these people had been to college. I don’t know how they made it this far.
It’s not cool the way that we’re taught specific programmes, instead we should be taught the basics of how to use a computer. Once that’s embedded then everything else becomes easier. It’s how I taught my Mum, and that seems to be going well.
Then looking at maintenance. Your average kid won’t know their RAM from their ROM or how and why to defragment their drive – problem is, the teachers probably won’t know either.
And what about security and internet safety? While your kids are being told how to create an excel spreadsheet and make a powerpoint presentation, they’re also posting dubious pictures to their open facebook page, downloading dodgy software (with FREE virus!!) and responding to questionable emails about winning a car… No joke. You think people don’t fall for those things, but they totally do. I can’t name names, but someone younger than me, who should know better thought he’d been given 10,000,000 Ugandan Dollars. I’m not even lying.
By the time people reach university everyone’s at completely different levels which causes problems too. I was on the first year of my full degree course being taught Photoshop from scratch. At. Degree. Level. We all know Photoshop by now right? I looked around for support but my fellow students were sat looking confused at their computer screens bashing the keys with their Neanderthal like fists and dribbling*. I wanted to poke my eyes out… instead I just taught myself flash, slightly less painful.
To sum up, the future is full of digital stuff. And it’s changing all of the time. If you get people used to using technology it’ll be easier for them to adapt and fully understand the implications of their actions.
*They weren’t really dribbling.”
If you have any thoughts on Digital Education and want to do a guest blog, let us know! Tickets for the debate on the 10th October 2011 are available here.