It’s about learning, not education.
A few days ago, Scott McLeod posted a video I had missed — “The Power of Youth Voice: What Kids Learn When They Create With Digital Media”. It is an interesting panel discussion. What really got me was near the beginning, though, when the representative of the MacArthur Foundation talks about having come to the realization that in spite of all the money they had put into education over a long period of time, they hadn’t made the progress they had hoped for. So they switched their focus from education to learning. This basic shift from education to learning places students at the center of the action. It isn’t about what we give them but rather about what they get from it. It isn’t about us spoonfeeding them content but about them making content. It is a very subtle but very, very important difference. Watch the video!