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Classroom of One

Individualized Education and the Power of New Media
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Adam Brackin

on 21 October 2015

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Classroom of One:
Individualized Education and the Power of New Media
Myth #1: "The education system is a tried and true seasoned method that works!"
Myth #2: "The classroom is the ideal environment for cooperative learning!"
Myth #3: "Standardization and validity mean excellence!"
Myth #4: "Authenticity and real world experience mean excellence!"
TRUTH: Our traditional education system model is really only about 200 years old!
It's a product of the "Enlightenment"
It's a product of the "Industrial Revolution"
It's not been updated to account for "Post-Modernity"
Adam L. Brackin, Ph.D
TRUTH:
The classroom divides us
By age
By subject area
By skills and abilities
The very act of comparing ourselves to each other in a classroom...
We are persisting with an industrial age model classrom in an information age world
Lets start by dispelling some myths
This will identify problems
So we'd better look at some solutions
Then try to draw some conclusions
TRUTH: "No Child Left Behind" is broken
Children that "learn differently" DON'T need "rehab"
Twice exceptional is entirely ignored
Children learn in different ways and at different paces
Expecting that the "fast" learner is leaving someone "behind" is tantamount to "least common denominator"
There is nothing "real world" about a standarized test
Cookie cutter students don't really exist
TRUTH: Homeschooling and unschooling have gaps too
Many homeschoolers have very few teachers
Some have only one or two through graduation
Unschooling focuses on self-guided and autonomous learning
There is little accountability (for better or for worse)
A BALANCE of AUTHENTICITY and VALIDITY is the key
(as with most things in life...)
THE MYTHS:
...separates us from one another academically
The "school of life" with no guidelines is a recipe for disaster
Some Possible Solutions:
IF: The classroom is broken...
THEN: We need to FIX IT or ABANDON IT
IF: The homogenization of the individual is misguided...
THEN: We need to make room for INDIVIDUALIZATION
and COLLABORATION for the "Wisdom of Crowds" to work.
IF: The balance of AUTHENTICITY and VALIDITY is key...
THEN: We need to take our STANDARDS out into the REAL WORLD
(or vice versa)
Homogenization of the individual is misguided
The classroom as we intend it to function is broken
The "modern" education system isn't as old or as young as we think
ALTERNATE MODELS:
One on One
Instruction
Milieu
Teaching
Least Restrictive
Environment
Individualized
Instruction
Relational teaching
"to the child"
based on strengths
weaknesses and needs
to foster individually measurable successes.
Comfortably challenging
students through appropriate
surroundings and expecations without distraction or anxiety.
Holistic and adaptive methods
are used to suit the student's needs
flexibly while building on student skills and experiences through exploration.
Proper use of isolation to remove peer pressure and foster direct instruction through less formal interaction with the expert.
THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY REALITY:
Social Networking
Crowd Sourcing
(Wikipedia)
Social Networking Tools
Emergent Properties
Real World Elements
(Twitter)
(Facebook)
Interactive Storytelling
Cloud Computing
EMERGING MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION:
CONTEXT is to MOBILE DEVICE as SEARCH was to INTERNET
AUGMENTED REALITY exists in the span between REALITY and VIRTUAL REALITY
APPS FOR EDUCATION
"With iPad, the classroom is always at your fingertips. Right now at the App Store, there are thousands of apps available to download. Students can track their assignments, take notes, and study for finals. Teachers can give lessons, monitor progress, and stay organized. And that’s just the beginning."

-apple.com
RELEVANCE FOR TEACHING,
LEARNING, OR CREATIVE INQUIRY
Augmented reality has strong potential to provide both powerful contextual, in situ learning experiences and serendipitous exploration and discovery of the connected nature of information in the real world. Mechanics in the military and at companies like Boeing already use AR goggles while they work on vehicles; the goggles demonstrate each step in a repair, identify the tools needed, and include textual instructions as well. This kind of augmented experience especially lends itself to training for specific tasks.

-2010 Horizon Report
Pads are CHANGING the way we think about mobile computing
CONTEXT AWARENESS is changing the way we interact with technology
LOCALE
Locale is one of the most innovative HTC Hero apps out there. It lets you set a vast array of configurations based on your current location. That’s it. You can have your Hero change your ring tone the second you walk into your office, and have it switch it back to your very own embarrassing unprofessional one the minute you step out. Once you tell it where the local theaters are, you can have Locale automatically turn your ringer to silent when you’re watching a movie. The list goes on – everything from ringer volume, to the GPS radio can be configured.

-htcheroapps.com
PHONES aren't just for calls anymore
DING-A-LING APP
At only 99 cents, the ding-a-ling app for iPhones seemed like a sweet deal. So sweet that 200,000 people scooped it up in the first two weeks. The developers, two 21-year-old seniors at Wesleyan University in Connecticut seemed to be brilliant young heroes. Until Ben Pish(ph) in Washington, D.C. looked at his mom's iPhone and asked her what exactly the ding-a-ling app does. She told me it allows her to make phone calls, Pish said, on her phone. Sure enough, when he tested it out, the app merely redirected the phone to its preexisting phone function. In other words, it did nothing whatsoever at all, except have a cute icon. One expert theorized that smartphones have become so complex that we've lost sight of what they actually are and that in a weird way, the ding-a-ling actually served a purpose, reminding users that they have a phone in their phone.

-Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, NPR
GETTING A
BIGGER PICTURE:
(Socratic method is mentor based and explorative)
SOME HISTORY:
IF: The "modern" education system is not the age we think it is...
(Too old? Not old enough?)
THEN: We need a "PARADIGM SHIFT"
The "one-room schoolhouse"
(Mastery based cross age model)
Socrates' model
Apprentice Model
(Medieval model that's mentor based and instructive)
Monestary Model
(Immersive and experientially based)
...A MUCH BIGGER PICTURE
II. WE CANT FIX IT BY
JUST SHOEHORNING
THE "RIGHT STUFF"
LIKE TECHNOLOGY
INTO THE OLD MODEL.
I. WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO ADMIT THAT MUCH OF THE
EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FROM
ANOTHER ERA AND BROKEN FOR US.
III. THE "NEW MODEL" MUST
BE BASED ON NEW GENERATION
IDEALS, OPEN COLLABORATION,
AND DIVERGENT THINKING!
IV. THIS NEW MODEL
MUST ALLOW FOR
BOTH REAL-WORLD
"EXPERIMENTAL"
AND MASTERY-BASED
"CONCRETE" LEARNING.
MEANS THINKING
OUTSIDE THE BOX.

BUT REMEMBER...
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