Education = it’s one of my passions (besides the fact that it is my job). I’m trying to figure out where our education can bring us , or wear it should bring us the (near) future. I hope everybody agrees with me, that our education as we know it, no longer is sufficient enough to prepare this generation for the future ahead of them. I’ve been writing, posting and tweeting about it already (social media as an educational tool, co-education = co-creation = social education = engagement, Flat Learning & Educating), and sharing insights, thoughts, ideas, questions, …. feel free to react!
Most of the time I get my inspiration online, but now I got some really need inspiration off-line as well; thanks to ‘Edushock’ (by Dirk De Boe, Bernard Lernhout & Pieter Sprangers) by Lannoo | Spectrum (2011). (Only in Dutch for the moment, but hopefully in English soon!). Edushock launches 20 tweets from where the authors hand ideas on how and what the future of education should or can look like. The book hands inspiration on why we should change education as we know it.
All 3 authors have got a specialized field of study (from personal creativity and innovation over Leonardo Da Vinci to personal development), but all together this gives a bright insight on (the future of) learning and education. I especially loved the “Lighthouses of education” as a get together of generations to learn and inspire. Edushock describes these new ‘Lighthouses of education’ as a learning community where every topic, course, question, …. can be discussed, debated, answered and learned. Together with this vision there is off course the fact that each student is a unique individual and should be treated like one (even in education). Personal interests are there to be cultivated and can work very inspirational both for teacher and student!
The inspiration can work as a triangle in these ‘lighthouses of education’ where student (who are learning), are coached by the teacher (which means he changes his role – instead of being the gatekeeper to the knowledge, he becomes the information coach who helps with the knowledge) and get inspired by ‘an inspirational speaker’ or ‘someone from the field’ or ‘…’
Besides new roles for each player, I truly believe technology will play an important role. Edushock also deals with this aspect. How technology can play a role in a lesson, or helps students…off course what the future brings on technology will be mobile, instant and omnipresent; so educating without technology isn’t an option….but this doesn’t mean that you have to be plugged in/connected all the time to learn!
The book uses a nice structure with an introductory story describing the tweets, from where a brief (sometimes more could be told) analyses of the story and theoretical framework is told. Each tweet/chapter ends with ‘brainoptimizers’, tips and tricks for teachers, students and policy makers. Some are easy to do, like easy to ask questions to your students, others are more ambitious, like rethinking/organising playgrounds, buildings, classes, …
One huge remark: the colour….OK it sticks, but that’s it….maybe this can be adjusted in a second print?!
For most this book makes you (re-)think about education, learning and personal development, and gives ideas to create yourself! And off course this is the challange….which ideas will get into a classroom or policy? I know which ones I’m taking, are you?