Learning 221TM is the expression I have adopted to describe the disruptive changes in the education landscape as a result of the rapid developments
in information, communication and allied technologies in the immediate past and continuing in the foreseeable future.
As we observe the global scene in the 2nd year of the 2nd decade of the 21st century and the ubiquitousness of computing, we can’t but help thinking how education would change to respond to the new learning needs of the Society.
These conversations would be around such concerns. One set of people are more comfortable with these discussions being initiated on a regular basis through an e-mail in their inbox every Monday or every other Monday or the first or last Monday of the month. Some others feel that this should be entirely on Facebook, which is the place for conversations. Do let me have your opinion on this as well as on the threads you would prefer to
have in these conversations. This is not a newsletter on education, reporting to you all current educational events. That is for newspapers and television channels. This is about building a community interested in matters educational. And it will have learners, educators, parents, working people among us. With the emergence of life-long learning, the same person may be wearing more than one of these caps.
Some of the issues that I propose to be taking up in the forthcoming conversations would be:
Attributes of an educated person in 2050?
What is the role of the educator in creating such educated persons?
21st Century Giftedness in school children and adults;
Awakening the Learner within?
Overcoming Maths Phobia and enhancing Mathematical Competence.
English language learning;
Asking the right questions?
Ideonomy: the Science of ideas;
Enjoying being innovative and creative;
What makes a good Educational App for hand-held learning?
Dharma: The right thing to do: Insights from western and Eastern Philosophy;
Learning Analytics: Measuring Quality in Massively large educational contexts.
The common philosophical thought in all these discussions would be how our perspectives on these matters change in the modern information society which is a post WTO, post Internet, post PC, Tablet and Smart phone world.
Earlier in history, the invention and development of language, writing and printing were critical information handling techniques, and each of these caused a revolution, major transition, paradigm shift in the overall structure of human society.
In the 2nd decade of the 21st century we are at a ‘critical point’ when the computing and allied technologies are causing a ‘phase transition’ in the future of education. A decade from now, the new teaching-learning eco-system may be almost not recognisable as having evolved from the past.
Just as a pre-cursor, for example, must teaching of Mathematics result in the ability to calculate by hand text-book problems that simplify the real world or should it be the ability to view the real world mathematically and if needed use software and computational tools?
Do share your views on how we should develop this community.