Mobilizing Digital and Networked Media for the Longstanding Goals of Progressive Education
Miduko “Mimi” Ito, MS, EdD, PhD @mizuko
With information and social connection so abundant it’s heartbreaking that not all learners have the same access to amazing educational opportunities that are relevant and key to their passionate interest.” Professor Ito says. The good news: “Through the smart deployment of new technology, we can begin to turn the tide.” As Chair of the MacArther Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network, Professor Ito explore the opportunities and risks of learning afforded by todays’ changing media ecology.
“People assume education has to take place in the classroom with a teacher,” she says. “Instead, we should be leveraging new media to enhance learning when they’re engaged in the things that inspire them.”
- Q> What percentage of americans 16-29 read a book in 2012? A> 83%
- Q> In 2015 how many hours per day did teens aged 13-18 spend with media? A> 8 HRS 56 MIN
- watching tv
- listening to music
- video games
- social media
- Q> How many teens 13-17 have made new friends online? (in 2015) A> 57% and 20% have met in real life. http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/
- What happens when these teens walk into our lecture halls?
- RateMyProfessor, CheatHouse, We Take Your Class, etc. are around, but how can we take advantage of these technologies to maximize learning and to design learning with a purpose?
- How can we use technology to engage students in new ways?
- “45% of college students demonstrate very little learning in their first 2 years of college.” – Arum and Roska
- We have the time at school and out of school. The world outside of the classroom has changed dramatically.
- Enrichment expenditures on children 1972-2006 the wealthy families have tripled their investment over time to $9,000 and lower income $1,000. Athletics, arts, music, etc.
- There has been a decline in school-based expenditures in extracurriculars.
- How can technology help with this? Growth of MOOCs? The demographics of attenders of MOOCs indicate that many already have degrees and many of these help the privileged even more.
- Connected learner = doing what they love, supported by others, tied to recognition
- Interests <> Opportunities <> Peer Culture
- #learninghero – teachers are really important, family, mentors, administrators all help to connect and transform the enthusiasm of learning.
- How can we engage students where they are…
Great Jobs Great Lives – “If graduates had a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning and encouraged them to pursue their dreams, their odds of being engaged at work more than doubled, as did their odds of thriving and their well-being.”