Utilize Platforms To Revitalize Learning

Academic papers:

“…feels to many like an exercise in rigidity and boredom, like practicing piano scales in a minor key.”

Amazing things happen when you change the platform.

Instead of a structured term paper, tell students to write an extensive blog post or use the new iBooks Author software to create an interactive report.

When Pages and Keynote came out, I was 5x more excited to build presentations rather than using Word and Keynote.  I couldn’t wait to show my understanding through mixed media, a combination of diagrams and pictures that augmented text.

The trick to reversing rote education is using the latest technology tools to galvanize creation.  Make the students feel like they’re painting.

Schools need to make the classroom experience interactive too.  Use social media to allow students to leave classroom feedback or provide real time comments.  Encourage the quiet kids to ask questions and tag others to answer.  Post anonymously to the whole class.

Education needs to keep up with Web.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.