Notes On Education: Platforms & Services [3]

 

Learning By Doing

  • The Maker movement is gaining momentum as new platforms are being added to the DIY (“Do it yourself”) movement.
    • First, it was Open Source Software making it easy to build softwares.
    • Now, everyone at Silicon Valley is realizing that “Hardware is the new Software” [3] with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Drones and 3D Printers becoming the new playground for DIY enthusiasts and hobbyists and the “Shenzhen Movement” paralleling the Maker Movement [2]. 
    • Biotech is giving itself to the new breed of Bio-Hackers.
  • It’s getting ever cheaper to “learn by doing”. Even developing countries can incorporate “learning by doing” in their Education System. Education should incorporate “Learning by Doing”.
  • If you show a kid Robots and Mobile Apps and if you can make him / her “believe” that he / she can build these Robots and Apps himself, then he’ll go for it. Even someone in his thirties and forties would get excited! 
  • That’s the power of “Maker Movement” and “Learning by Doing”.
  • Currently, students work on “word problems” in Physics, Chemistry and other disciplines. Next, students are going to work on “image problems” from Physics on “Computers”. 
    • When a kid works on a numerical problem concerning Transformers, he will see the Transformer in action on a Computer. He will plug in numbers and the program would simulate how the Transformer works with those values of coils and Voltage and Current. 
    • This would be close to “Learning by Doing”. Testing would also move to computers instead of the current “pen and paper testing”.     
 

Presentation of Study Materials

  • Teachers should think from the perspective of the student. How does my student think? How much does she know? Why can’t she understand the concept? 
  • Lessons – lectures as exciting as storytelling.
  • “Learning by Doing” [Explained above].
  • Gamification of Education => Education gets as exciting as Games. Feedbacks, Points, Badges, Levels, Leaderboards.
 

Social – Economic Factors

  • Problem: Rising tuition costs. One of the solutions: Digital Education.

 


Process

  • Reading, Reflection, Discussion.


Notes

  • Study history of Education in US and World.
    • History shaped education as we see it today. 
      • The requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree before embarking on a Professional Degree (MD, JD, etc.) started from culture at Harvard in the 1860s.
 
 

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