Kids demand next-generation learning [VIDEO]

There’s a grand tradition of using students in videos to advocate for changes in learning, teaching, and educational technology. See, for example, A Vision of Students Today and No Future Left Behind¬†and I Need My Teachers to Learn and You Can’t Be My Teacher. Continuing the trend, here’s a video from Pearson called A Serious Talk: Kids Demand Next-Generation Learning. Happy viewing!

7 Responses to “Kids demand next-generation learning [VIDEO]”

  1. The thing about all these videos is the phoniness of the kids voices. Very few kids can articulate or have even bothered to consider these perspectives. The whole, “our kids get it but we don’t” is disingenuous and misleading. That said, I do like the tone at the end that’s a little more positive. But still, it’s basically a script written by an adult and pawned off as the voice of kids.

    • I agree with you, Dean. I appreciate the desire to frame things from kids’ perspectives but they do come across as fairly inauthentic. And, yet, they still seem to resonate with people…

  2. ….and this video is supposed to be suggesting what exactly? Bad educational material using technology is still bad educational material. Clicking on multiple choice answers is not an improvement on bubble sheets. A bad presentation on YouTube is not an improvement on that presentation in person. Perhaps Pearson is just trying to hype the same poor instructional materials using technology because they don’t have any actual better materials to sell?

  3. Wow! Way to use kids to be condescending to teachers! Implication of the video: teachers don’t work hard now, teachers are stupid, teachers are scared wusses, and teachers are to be put down for their age. Awesome work, Pearson!

  4. I’m totally with you, Mark. I was REALLY irritated by the tone of voice used by every single student in this video.

    If Pearson want to make teachers feel old, useless and irrelevant, they have done a great job with this video.

    This is a missed opportunity to encourage teachers to upgrade their skills and knowledge in educational tech. What a shame.

  5. I think I’m with both Dean and Scott on this one — I DON’T think kids really can articulate a better vision for schools than teachers can. That’s a part of the whole “digital immigrant/digital native” fallacy.

    But I’ll also probably use this video in my presentations because they DO resonate with teachers — they put a face on the moral imperative to change, and that has value.

    What I thought was interesting is the faces in the video weren’t terribly diverse. That stood out to me from picture to picture and I found it slightly troubling.

    Good comment conversation, y’all.
    Bill

  6. I’ve watched the video several times and agree with the comments above. The tone is condescending. I love using technology in the classroom, but I don’t believe is just using it for technologies sake.

    And part of me feels like students try to say that because of technology they have short attention spans and that is something we need to cater to.

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