Turning one-way education around

23 Oct

Hans Mundahl from New Hampton School in central New Hampshire has put some future-oriented thoughts on YouTube. So after all my recent reminiscing I thought, well let’s try to see where inspiration might be found into the future.

Education used to be about transfer of information from teacher to student. Now there is too much information available in the world. Much of this information is being used by people trying to sell us something: an idea, a product, a political agenda, a way of seeing our entire country.

New Hampton School’s Junior Urban Adventure attempts to turn around this notion of one-way education in the same way that Web 2.0 is changing the way we think about the web. Students will learn to ask questions, make meaning from the glut of information available to them and engage, upload and maybe even start to solve some of the world’s problems.

That seems good to me.

And yes, it reflects my own concerns.


2 responses to “Turning one-way education around

  1. Hans Mundahl

    October 26, 2007 at 5:18 am

    Thanks for this post – I’m glad you found the video on YouTube and liked it!

    I started out just making a teaser for a particular program at our school, but quickly got off track into broader territory.

    I’m excited about the opportunities and challenges education faces.

    Thanks for your posts reflecting on education. I’m going to subscribe and follow along with your future thoughts!

  2. ninglun

    October 26, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Thanks, Hans, and thanks for posting such an excellent video!


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