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A Vision For 21st Century Learning

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This is our world, digital technology constant networking, instant gratification global connectedness. Different stimuli than previous generations. This is how people live their lives. This is our education system. Built as a mass-standardization response to the Industrial Revolution at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Students come in as raw material move from one grade to the next, and leave crammed full of facts. Still largely teaching students by having them sit in front of lecturers passively memorizing facts without context, and reading textbooks. These are the same students whose average first use of a computer or game console is during or before kindergarten. These devices have already demonstrated their central role in the daily lives of this generation. And in a time when civics literacy matters, where global awareness and technology literacy is critical to ensuring our children are prepared for the 21st century environment, we need to innovate our learning methods and we have a solution. What if they could do this? Visit Ancient Rome. Explore this majestic civilization in all its grandeur. Engage in commerce, art and architecture learn Latin, experience the social life and see how this great civilization was the foundation of much of our way of life. And best of all, do this through a video game! Aligned to standards, integrated with a learning management system and most importantly, work on school hardware. And we do this with other civilizations too. Learn world history like never before! Oh, and, do it all in 3D! Teachers become mentors, students become empowered, and ultimately, students learn. If we get it right, kids won't even know they're learning something! This is our vision, our hope, and we're going to make it happen.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 10 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Dave Shapiro Enterprises
Director: Al Meyers
Views: 197
Posted by: ameyers3727 on Feb 13, 2009

Presented at TED2009 in Palm Springs 2/6/09 as part of the TEDDIY Session.

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