“The greatest invention was the invention of kindergarten”, according to Mitchel Resnick (@mres) teaching and life should be more like Kindergarden. In kindergarden the circle approach to learning is common practice. Imagine, create, play, share, reflect and start imagining again.
Jesse Schell shared 4 key trends with us which are affecting the way we live and which will change the way we teach. Jesse performed at his best with an inspiring talk full of humour.
The 4 trends he defined and choose to make his point where:
TREND 1: Beautiful
Everything is getting more beautiful. More and more objects in our live are designed not just for function but also more estetical. From builings, phones and even our toothbrushes.
Since this is a blog on serious gaming and experience learning, I definitely need to start with Wordfeud. This might sound a little weird to you, but playing Wordfeud can teach you some interesting skills without you being aware of it.
For those who don’t know Wordfeud: it’s an app for playing scrabble with friends and family or total strangers, whatever you like. In your native language or just to practice a foreign one. If you don’t know wordfeud but do know scrabble, the lessons count for good old fashioned scrabble too…
On a side event hosted by Startup Weekend London (thanks Ed!) during Learning without Frontiers we saw 10 education technology start-up pitching in front of a jury and enthusiastic crowd – or at least enthusiastic enough to bare the heat .
The winner of this competition was Night Zoo Keeper. Congrats!
Here’s a short overview of the 10 companies (in order of appearance)
We’ve heard some great quotes today at Learning without Frontiers 2012. One that sums us the message’s of today: “Technology is subservient to the Student” by Jaron Laniers, a very creative mind and author of the book “You are not a Gadget”. This was the underlying message in many of the talks. Put people in the centre of education, not technology. An obvious conclusion maybe, but it’s not being said without reason!
With the keynote of Ray Kurzwell fresh in our mind: what do you think?
Personally I’ve heard the story about singularity, exponential growth, development in gene technology, it etc. before. Mainly by Yuri van Geest, a Singularity University alumni of which Ray Kurzweil is one of the founders. Yuri presents this case with much more excitement. But Ray’s point, of peoples brain not being able to grasp the implication of exponential growth is proven by the conference organizers (there are not alone in this) not being able to predict the required wifi capacity.