IHAQ#5 – Why does Sugata Mitra anger so many educators?

 

 

 

 

I Have A Question#5
May 4, 2014 
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From +Benjamin L. Stewart     
Why does Mitra anger so many in education? 

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  • I think it would be interesting to hear about peoples productivity workflow, what are the ways you work? How does tech help or interfere, are there best practices for curating, organizing and how can we best teach students to form good productivity habits online? This is something I think about every day. With so many choices of tools, how do we narrow down the field and choose the essentials that really help us be more productive, better communicators etc.
  • Do the students have a PLN have they mastered social networking; are they prepared to lead others? How are they forming relationships?
  • How do you find out about cool conferences?
  • Why are fewer people participating in free online conferences, webinars and moocs? over saturation or????
  • What potential does social media have for professional development in education?
  • How about the fight to stay relevant or cutting edge in your field? Anyone feel that it’s more challenging by the day?
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Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
here and waiting
 
 

 

 

 
Thanks for Vanessa’s reminder on FB … I am here!
 
 

 

 

 
Very good, thanks
 
 

 

 

 
Hey. I’m listening.
 
 

 

 

 
doohickey
 
 

 

 

 
Hello Mr. Lobster Taco man
 
 

 

 

 
Hmm…
 
 
Alexander Hayes

 

 

 
I’m confused..is there a G+ or other connection to enter live room with or is this obs only?
 
 

 

 

 
Geshundheit, John
 
 
Audrey … Sugata Mitra has been accused of being a
 
 

 

 

 
Or that one that Jen posted…
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
Hi everyone! Looking forward to a lively conversation!
 
 

 

 

 
Hi everybody
 
 

 

 

 
Hey there Peggy!
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
Hi sarah πŸ™‚
 
 

 

 

 
Hello Peggy .. always great to have you in the broadcast
 
 

 

 

 
I promise, I’m not stalking you today πŸ™‚
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I’m so glad these conversations are back but they really go by fast in only 30 minutes!
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
hahaha Sarah
 
 
can you see the stream, btw?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
seeing and hearing great!
 
 

 

 

 
I can see it
 
 

 

 

 
Yes
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
yes you’re streaming
 
 

 

 

 
I’m on the edtechtalk live page
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I’m on edtechtalk live
 
 

 

 

 
Had to hit play
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
oh boy! Jeff gets to thank himself πŸ™‚
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
what a wonderful holiday!
 
 

 

 

 
I like the mustache
 
 

 

 

 
yes..
 
 
Alexander Hayes

 

 

 
Both Khrisnamurti had the same affects on teachers…as at the extreme did Illich.
 
 

 

 

 
Audrey Waters is always a year ahead of everyone else.
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Does anyone know if he was ever an elementary level classroom teacher?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
at least a year John
 
 

 

 

 
πŸ™‚ Kathy Shields
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Also, does anyone have the data on the long term progress made by the students from the whole in the wall? Are they employed?
 
 

 

 

 
I have a feeling that SM may be a one trick pony?
 
 

 

 

 
Nicely stated, Dave
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
I kind of get what he means about facilitating and letting kids learn as opposed to modeling a way of learning and knowing which I think is a more common approach.
 
 

 

 

 
Hello Graham
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
I remember an article from a local observer on problems like connectivity and bigger kids hogging the computers, not letting younger children have a turn
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
poor local connections and girls being pushed out too
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Yes, so do we adopt a survival of the fittest approach?
 
 

 

 

 
LOL I saw the “Granny in the Cloud” talk too
 
 

 

 

 
So isn’t this just Khan Academy? It has the entire K-12 math curriculum in it. Why can’t we just use that?
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
from having worked in after school program with middle schoolers in a poor rural community where many did not have access outside school, I have to say it rang very true
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
They are doing this in Alternative HS’s. Just a room in a strip mall with a teacher attendant.
 
 

 

 

 
Right. Connectivity is a challenge. But in some cases, it may be a smaller challenge than getting good teachers, especially if you can use mobile.
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
and would add that any such program should make use of game based learning because that is what they will be looking for…then
 
 

 

 

 
I suspect a number of K-12 arenas implement variations on this theme … at least a few that I have encountered seem to be doing something quite similar, yet using other school personnel as the “granny” guide.
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
If mobile is affordable
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
very helpful clarifications Graham
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
Carol, what I hear from K-12 teacher friends is the coming model
 
 

 

 

 
every good school starts with a culture of caring
 
 

 

 

 
Indeed, Vanessa, and sme have already implemented such … and for some time now, so they have had the opportunity to fine tune a bit
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I think social is a huge part of SOLE
 
 

 

 

 
Perhaps the venue … rural India … has underscored the efficacy of his “experiment” … his initial installation
 
 

 

 

 
Agreed, Peggy
 
 

 

 

 
Nothing can replace a teacher
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I would love to have a conversation with Steve Hargadon about his experiences with Black Mountain SOLE
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
Carol, unfortunately, too much of the fine tuning has been more of the canned content + analytics varieties
 
 

 

 

 
This is exactly the education my daughter had for grades 7-8, and we chose it over traditional school because it was less harmful than the traditional classroom.
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Ah, so you are saying that it lowers the standard for what students deserve as part of their education.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
[url]http://blackmountainsole.org/[/url]
 
 

 

 

 
Interesting, John … first hand case study …
 
 

 

 

 
thx, Peggy
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
that is a great point Jeff!
 
 

 

 

 
Think New York City … where there were a number of teachers who were so poor at teaching, that they were sen to “holding lounges” and paid to not teach … at least a few years ago this was true
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I remember hearing that Carol
 
 

 

 

 
Can the advantages of automation through technology be applied to education at all?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
yes school in the cloud
 
 
Alexander Hayes

 

 

 
Data FOR the learner – that’s what we are currently looking at the INSPIRE Centre – http://inspire.edu.au
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
thanks for link Alexander
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I think the self-organized learning was his main point
 
 

 

 

 
Amen, Jeff.
 
 
Alexander Hayes

 

 

 
Agree with Jeff
 
 

 

 

 
What is it that we’re trying to accomplish with this education thing we keep talking about?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
who wants that????
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
not just do it but apply it to new situations to solve real issues
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Do the students have a PLN have they mastered social networking; are they prepared to lead others? How are they forming relationships?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
oh no!!!!
 
 
Jeff Lebow

 

 

 
Everyone feel free to join in. Hangout at: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/ytl/vjVQa1PpcFMN3K7VsM4Gqyx1LtMrtpC6FBSsSjhuMVM=?authuser=0&hl=en_US
 
 

 

 

 
Good point Peggy and John
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
30 minutes is just not long enough for this kind of drilling down!!
 
 
Alexander Hayes

 

 

 
thanks folks
 
 
Alexander Hayes

 

 

 
20 mins was way too short
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
if you’re going to continue to discuss after wards in post show why not make the show longer???
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
link dumps are fun!
 
 

 

 

 
It’s a new rule. We have to be 30 minutes, or it’s free.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
question for next week?
 
 

 

 

 
Yes, Peggy, give us one.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
no I don’t
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Good idea. What is really new? How about the fight to stay relevant or cutting edge in your field? Anyone feel that it’s more challenging by the day?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
thinking
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
yes I am!!!!
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
your granny πŸ™‚
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
thanks Jeff
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
not at all offended
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
very heartwarming
 
 

 

 

 
What potential does social media have for professional development in education?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
why are fewer people participating in free online conferences, webinars and moocs? over saturation or????
 
 

 

 

 
I know that has been tossed about and exists … just wondering if discrete elements could be discussed …
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
How do you find out about cool conferences?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
are you suggesting that question for next week Kathy? πŸ™‚
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Oh, not exactly, just in general
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
yes
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
homeschooling
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
yes numbers are definitely growing
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
yes
 
 
Vanessa Vaile

 

 

 
and diy community education projects
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
the fabulous keynote speakers at the Reinvent Learning conference last week only had 30-50 participants
 
 

 

 

 
Conferences may underscore the f2f networking element that may be more appealing to many
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
way more than that! I go to webinars and hangouts once or twice every day
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I think the Roundtable conversations led by Ben Wilkhoff are great! Lots of content, discussion, resources to follow up with and educators to connect with
 
 
@peggy … yes … Ben does a fantastic job!
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
I think it would be interesting to hear about peoples productivity workflow, what are the ways you work? How does tech help or interfere, are there best practices for curating, organizing and how can we best teach students to form good productivity habits online?
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
Carol I think the reality is that while people love the f2f more and more they can’t afford to travel to them and the rich experience isn’t happening locally
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
another great question Kathy πŸ™‚
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Thanks Peggy! This is something I think about every day. With so many choices of tools, how do we narrow down the field and choose the essentials that really help us be more productive, better communicators etc.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
I think it’s a great topic that we all struggle with.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
how is that so different than what Sugata Mitra advocates?
 
 

 

 

 
Right. I think that’s the point.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
funny
 
 
@peggy … it is REALLY similar, but Dave is working REALLY hard on the support, hand holding, try this, etc.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
is it wrong to trick students into writing? πŸ™‚
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
If only it worked every time! ha πŸ™‚
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
πŸ™‚
 
 

 

 

 
I always tell kids if they can’t get around the Internet filter, they’re not trying hard enough.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
hahaha
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Thanks all … need to jump off now … looking forward to finding out what ext week’s q will be …
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
thanks everyone! one gain lots of stimulating conversation!
 
 
Kathy Shields

 

 

 
Goodnight all, I look forward to next time. Hopefully next week.
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
good night all
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
6pm for me in Phoenix–still two webinars/hangouts to go tonight πŸ™‚
 
 
Peggy George

 

 

 
PrincipalCast and a Hangout with educators in Hawaii re Minecraft πŸ™‚
 
 
Have fun, Peggy! πŸ™‚
 
 
Nite all!
 
 

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