- Sterling Spencer
- Wichita, KS
- United States
What do you think of many-to-many education in the classroom?
I believe that this should be expounded upon and that you have a great contribution that this conversation needs.
I was just thinking across the various forms of communications and I mentally stumbled upon a possible correlation between communication and education.
Forms of communication include:
One-to-one. (sending an email, texting, talk to a single person, etc.)
One-to-many. (radio, TV, youtube, etc.)
Many-to-many. (social networks, blogs, file sharing, chat rooms, etc.)
I noticed this somewhat resembles progress in education.
In the ancient days, few received education, and it was usually a pupil under a mentor. So it was one-to-one.
Today's education, now being more accessible, has a teacher in front of a classroom full of students. So it is one-to-many.
I wondered what it would be like if future education took the form of many-to-many communication.
I imagine a class is full of students and they all have a device with internet access. They do two things with this. One is they look up information that they will need to know for the class. The second is they share it with the class. Each person will share what they learn with each other, which also will help teach an amazing skill set of collaboration. This way the entire class progresses as a unit in teaching each other.
There will still be a teacher/mentor in the classroom to give homework and to tell the students what they need to look up and learn for a test. The mentor will also act as a guide with a sort of gentle push in the right direction if they get stuck. Also, since the mentor won't be doing very much teaching, the mentor will be able to make sure all of the students are staying on task.
There would be participation points involved in attempt to keep every one active. There could also possibly be "giving help" points for those who help out the students who are quiet and struggle.
So, what do you think of many-to-many education in the classroom?