After watching the PBS documentary (PBS documentary: DIGITAL MEDIA – NEW LEARNERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY) about how different schools are adapting their teaching practices to the globalized technology savvy learners of this century – and considering that I am the father of a very curious five years old boy – I feel fascinated on how different teachers are disrupting the traditional classroom and adapting their practice to appeal to the newer generations.
I was particularly interested on the Quest to learn middle and high school in New York City (Quest to learn middle school), I think not only is very impressive the things they do regarding instructional design, learning environments, and curriculum development, but also how those kids are able to recognize the process they are going through. They were using fancy words like: system-based learning, hands-on projects, trial and error, learning through games. For me, that was the most impacting thing. Those kids are self-reporting that they are going under a process of learning that is different, effective, and fun. I believe that just for the fact that they are recognizing and giving such important to the process, they are becoming life-long learners. They will be able to learn from every situation because they were able to make the connection that learning can be also fun, and I think that is magical.
As someone on the video mentioned: “To be a lifelong learner is more important to understand the process of learning than to learn content”