I think I’m In love—with this philosophy of learning


“Richard Culatta identifies 3 major challenges with our current approach to education and suggests how a shift to personalized learning is the key to the future of education in America. To make this shift, we must close the digital divide between those who can leverage technology to reimagine learning and those who simply use technology to digitize the status quo. A teacher by training and innovator by inclination, Richard Culatta works to leverage technology to reinvent learning.” (YouTubeaccessed January  2013)

Here’s my summary of, and addition to, the conversation regarding the importance of spanning the digital divide — I liberally define technology as “a tool which enhances an experience, reduces its cost, or makes something easier.”  People often fall into the cognitive trap of assuming that new technologies (or tools) are to be used to perform the same tasks as the previous ones. (Humorous example.)  Richard’s challenge for everyone is to discover ways in which technology can enhance the teaching/learning experience in innovative ways.  i.e. “How can this tool help me in a way that my previous tool couldn’t.”

Some might argue, “why should I use a computer to learn, when a pencil and paper suit me just fine?!”  My feeling is that adopting new technologies is valuable to the future careers of learners; when learners become proficient in using advanced technologies they become more valuable in the business marketplace.  This compelling video conducts an experiment and asks the viewer, “which potential employee would you hire?”


About bryantanner

I'm obsessed with learning via the appropriate technology. My professional mission is to effectively deliver instruction to learners in a way that yields the greatest results for all stakeholders involved.
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2 Responses to I think I’m In love—with this philosophy of learning

  1. Nancy says:

    Stumbled upon your blog….good stuff! I’m a recently-retired HS admin and library media specialist creating my own personal learning network as I connect with other educators through social media, moocs., etc. Good luck with the PhD. Becoming an instructional designer would be my dream!

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