I was doing some research on teaching and distance learning when the obvious question came up: How do adults learn? Compared to lets say 20 years ago, are they learning in different ways now? Do they master different skill sets?
The answer was an eye opener. My first real shock was to learn that the previous generation (at least up to 1980) was called the Boomers, but the youngsters applying for jobs today are called Gamers. They grew up with Windows and game consoles. They don’t do e-mail or radio programs or billboard ads. However they play games, lots of it. They are impatient and want their stuff when they want it, not when it might appear on TV interspersed with advertising. The Guardian published this article “How Teenagers Consume Media: the report that shook the City” and it is compelling reading, besides having shaken the Bank off its high chairs. Provocative new data show that video games have created a new generation of employees and executives – bigger than the baby boom – that will dramatically transform the workplace.
So, how do the youngsters learn? What will work for them? What can we as greybeards offer to help the transfer of knowledge?
For one thing they were born with one finger on a keyboard and a mobile phone stuck to their ears, so they will expect their learning to be carried over those media paths. The Australians did some research at the University of Wollongong and it shows clearly that mobile technologies can open new ways of teaching and learning.
And while we as Boomers were fascinated by the invention of new technologies, Pedagogy will overtake Technology as the main focus of todays learners. Most of them have never known a time without games and they accept that technology can do everything that they want.
Boomers grew up with weekly or monthly newspapers, chalk-and-talk classrooms and fixed line telephones. I suppose Virtual Classrooms and virtual learning tools will soon be as free as e-mails, social networking, social bookmarking, file sharing, chatting, wikis, blogging, Skype or uploading videos.
Perhaps it is time to make room for Gamers in my classrooms.
Its a pleasure to welcome our latest Top Tutor, Ryno Uys, to the family. He joined on 1st February 2010 from Pretoria where he was working last year as an independent teacher.
Ryno graduated from SAMI in Florida in 2008 as a Top Student and to finish off the year in grand style he organised a Year-End concert featuring all of his mates in the college on stage at UJ (University of Johannesburg) in Auckland Park. It was a huge success and prepared Ryno to move along to even greater things.
Ryno tells me that he wants to spend more time at Crawford College this year, honing his teaching skills for another year while using his spare time to start a recording studio. This is a very ambitious project considering his limited funds, but he has a clear vision of the road ahead and we wish him luck on his future endeavours. You can read more about him directly from his website here.
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Silly Season, Christmas, Holiday, whatever you call it or do, please enjoy this time and have fun!
But above all, please come back safely.
I’m not going to post much this holiday, but I will be thinking about the business a lot. If you comment, I will receive an e-mail and will respond.
I read this somewhere else and immediately thought it was a hoax. So over to the hoax sites to find out.
A man stood in a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.
During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was going to be late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston at an average seat of $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outline was: In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?