Students are the future, but what’s the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future. Which of these eduvators holds the key for unlocking the learning potential inside every student?
I wanted to avoid the usual doom and gloom—the usual ‘it’s all crap and there’s no hope for the future’. How do we make learning more relevant to the lives of our students?
Eli A. Kaufman, GOOD’s director of video production.
However, Future Learning isn’t about “educators in the classroom or about the out-of-the-box teachers who are pushing the envelope,” says Kaufman. Instead, “it’s about people who are out of the box of education completely who are trying to improve the system.” The half-dozen education technologists Future Learning features are sparking conversation across the globe—innovators like Khan Academy founder Sal Khan, Sugata Mitra, an education scientist and professor at Newcastle University in the U.K., and Catherine Lucey, the vice dean for education at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, who has come up with a pedagogical approach that employs technology that serves new models of learning—and not just for the sake of having the newest gadget in the lab.
From the film: “Children can teach themselves almost everything… …if given the absence of the teacher in the presence of the internet, can become a very logical tool”