Tony Wagner is a major name in school reform. In his recent book The Global Achievement Gap, he argues it is necessary for students to have 7 basic skills in order to succeed in our new economic climate. Many of these skills, including effective oral communication and collaboration, are being completely lost through this new medium. Yes students have an opportunity to write-in a question through a dialogue box during the video stream, but this doesn’t encourage the fast-paced discussions that circle a classroom once a hot topic is reached. Students are loosing opportunities to develop effective communication skills. Additionally, due to their physical separation, they are loosing the experience of collaborative interactions. They can’t share notes in class or work on a problem presented together. We’re teaching students to learn and interact through a computer, and slowly removing principle notions of a college classroom or even campus.
Obviously our motivations here at Unplggd are to bring you the latest and greatest in technology news, products, and life integration. But not every step technology takes is necessarily a step forward and we believe it is important to highlight both the advances in tech as well as its flaws. What do you think about this new system of teaching? Are they digitizing and secluding the college experience? Has anyone here participated in online classes before? Have you found it to be effective? Ineffective? We would love to know.
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