For this post I was assigned to read a blog by Morgan Bayda and her post titled An Open Letter to Educators. In the post Morgan links a video by Dan Brown and his message to educators. In Dan's "sermon" he talks about how the availability of information has become drastically different from what it use to be, now it's FREE! He tells us that institutionalized education has not grasped this idea yet and if something doesn't change, the world will leave the institution behind. He points out that this will happen because we won't need the this type of institutionalized learning anymore. He goes on to say how he dropped out of school because his "schooling was interfering with his education". While this seems drastic, I can certainly understand his views and frustration with today's universities.
I can relate to what Morgan has to say about Dan's video. She comments that sometimes she also feels cheated with the standardized type of learning, and as every student has felt, struggles to stay awake in the boring lectures. I've also had similar experiences the new types of learning that Morgan describes. She talks about how her Ed Computer class (the equivalent of EDM 310 it seems) encourages her to learn in all new ways. That class, like ours, incorporates blogs, twitter, PLN, and many more tools out there to better prepare students for the future.
The internet and it's capabilities open up a world full of access to students. Today's teachers need to learn how to mold this into a revolutionized experience for students. EDM 310 is like no other class I have taken. It puts the student in the driver's seat and allows up to explore and learn with no boundaries. This type of class is what the future of education is becoming, and I'm glad I've been able to personally have this experience.