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The responses my blog recieved were interesting rather they displayed much desire for Mr. Schmidt’s TED talk. Commenters have said that he seemed intelligent and that they can agree with his views as well.
For question #1, “Do you think lecturing is effective?” Polls came by stating that lecturing isn’t always 100% effective. It was said by one commenter that lecturing doesnt create spaces for feedback, and I agree.
For question #2, commenters stated for the question, “Do you think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning?” Feedback reads, that Yes, it is important to establish a connection between students and context. Direct quote from a replier, “it is important for students to be able to relate to the material learned because it gives them a better understand of what is being learned and connects the material to themselves and reality.”
ASKED QUESTIONS:
  • Do you think lecturing is effective?
  • Do you think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning ?
REPLIES:
  1. I like him…he has a slight accent but he is very intelligent and the things that he proposes and the solutions about challenges are pretty cool. He is concerned about creating something personal and sharing it with other people. I like the way that he thinks. It is pretty cool.

  2. I dont believe lectures are 100 percent effective because most of them are just speakers who leave no room for feedback. i believe lectures can be effective if they allow for the audience to ask questions pertaining to the information presented but in most cases lectures dont allot for this type of interaction due to the magnitude of audience present. it would be impossible to answer everyone’s question but to answer the question it is not generally effective but it can be if some room for feedback is alloted

    i think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning because they should be able to implement their acquired knowledge in practical terms. the good old saying practice what you preach…. you can know about something and recite many different variables concerning a particular subject but you should be able to practice this is everyday life to where it is useful to you in the physical form. It is a matter of doing and not just saying and knowing because that is only half of the equation. it is important for students to be able to relate to the material learned because it gives them a better understand of what is being learned and connects the material to themselves and reality.

  3. I like the quotes. Especially the first one. I think teachers like to beat students over the head with the same concepts even if it does not work. Looking forward to your questions. I’m following the instructions and not having any luck getting my questions up -_-

    The idea is to see a brighter future, a brighter you, a brighter them-

    CONNECT, CONTEXT, COME ON’

    Music for the SOUL=)

A new start with an infinite TED talker

Phillip Schmidt is the co-founder and co-executive of Peer to peer University which is a web based learning community. Schmidt has background in computer science and economics and has worked as an IT consultant for the Accenture Center for Strategic Technology.

Phillip Schmidt

Quoting: Phillip Schmidt in The Digital Media and Learning Conference

  1. For a long time now we know that lectures are a really bad way of helping people learn, but we continue to do that anyway.
  2. What if we look at a different starting point, re imagine what online learning will look like.
  3. Online challenges are problem based learning online, big problems that are relevant to people’s lives…

In the first quote he says that we all know that lectures alone are a bad way to help people learn, but we do it anyway. I think that he’s right and that’s something that should change. I really enjoyed Phillip Schmidt TED talk because he managed to engage the audience and even though it was a TED talk he got the audience to participate in his layout.

I like that Phillip asked, what if we looked at a different starting point. I didn’t think of it before, but he was right we should look at educational resources with new eyes and see what could really happen.

Finally, his last quote which involved explaining what online challenges were but rather having it relate to his audience. In order to learn, there should be some sort of problem that powers your brain and it should definitely be something that you could relate to, it gives it meaning to the context and the context will live on.

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