andrew dimock

Boulder, CO, United States

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andrew dimock
Posted over 1 year ago
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
Cristina, I can't explain all here but one tangent is that Sugata is thinking ahead. He sees that learning is intrinsic to humanity and system of education today is not efficient. Professional teachers are inappropriately allocated assets. go to 14:12 and listen. He makes his point clear. Times are changing. We no longer need an abundance of factory workers. Change the system of learning from threat to joy. Learning is more effective if it is positive not stressful. Our existance is transforming today. We are making computers faster and developing solar cells that convert more energy, education needs to catch up and follow the same curve. Activation of a childs inner desire makes the learning process faster and more effective. It is clear to me from watching many of these lectures that traditional education has to catch up with tech. Basic education can take place anywhere. Teachers can specialize. allow kids to think,dream and learn. It is truly amazing what develops! Think ahead, PhD's today are the High School Diplomas of tomorrow..
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Reduce the number of classes and refocus on fundamentals: Math, Science, and Language.
Lastly, you ignore the fact that in many countries students are distributed to schools that are more focused to their aptitudes. You use Germany as an good example. Students there are segregated at the age of 10 by their strengths. They are transfered to focus programs. (sound familiar?) Science. Language, Math, Tech and, yes, Art. Each year after, their education is further refined until college. I have German relatives who complain about that system too. Students may graduate with excellence in math and science but are dismal with language. In the US, kids have to succeed in all areas of study in order to graduate. In conclusion, the current US public school system did work but is now a half century behind business. It is innefective in most cases. There are exceptions. However, we are falling farther behind the developed world. Attitudes of most students is terrible. Until we reach kids where their interests lay, we will continue this decline.s Change is on the horizon as more choices become available. There are amazing statistics appearing that suggest students continuing on from public focus/charter schools and home school are as successful in college as those hailing from private schools. Also suggested is that a greater percent of these kids persue higher education. Maybe the specialization of the school system isn't such a bad idea. Privatization is a great model. Supply and demand, succesful systems will thrive and the bad will vanish. What are your thoughts? Thanks Have a great day
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Reduce the number of classes and refocus on fundamentals: Math, Science, and Language.
Haro, You missed my point and you obviously have not researched this very deeply or you would find that there are hundreds if not thousands of studies that are inline with my thoughts. You assume that kids don't want to do anything but arts and crafts. Wrong. All kids inherently want to learn. We as a species are wired to direct our learning toward our curiosities. Observe any child at play, in the woods, at a beach, in their back yard or with a box of legos. Most will be focused on something of interest to them. I watched several children on the beach last summer completely focused on a tide pool. They spent several hours, until the tide rose, fully consumed in that square yard of life observing, experimenting and playing. I know that opportunity exists in those moments when their brains are most open to learning and believe that retention will be at its greatest.. People have a predisposition to excel where their interests lay. Haven't you been so engrossed in a book that you couldn't put it down? I will wager the book was not war and peace. Read up on the methods of the best private schools or simply their mission statements. The majority that their goal is to find where a childs interest lay and expand upon it. Look to experts like Dr Mel Levine, Dr Sally Shawitz,Dr Howard Gardener. Gardener has developed the multiple intelligences theory which explains this as fact after decades of observation. Evaluation of his theory is significant so much to the point that many private schools have developed highly successful curriculum based upon his theories. I I believe that current methods in the public system are at fault. Teaching to standardized tests is where the greatest flaw resides. So much time is spent on rote memory rather than experiental learning. I look back on my education and the most prevelant memories are from my hands on classes like biology, chemistry, photography etc.. Experiential education takes time but has a far greater impact
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Reduce the number of classes and refocus on fundamentals: Math, Science, and Language.
An interesting suggestion but warrants more research. Studies suggest that the time learning should be of high quality not quantity. Kids do not retain more given more time. They retain given the quality of the input suggesting that more time is not the answer. From my perspective, I want to spend time on my strengths and interests. Success breeds success. The problem with current school system is that they are constrained to teach to a students weakness. Teaching to meet testing standards. If I am a poor reader and writer, I have to spend less time on my strong subjects and more on my weakness. Remedial work lowers interest and overall intelligence by focusing too much on what student are not good at. Think of a jeep on a race track or a ferarri off road. Not the right fit. Look into Harvard Professor Howard Gardeners multiple intelligences theories. Fascinating material suggesting that we are all capable of quality learning if the input is not in conflict with our inherent intelligence. For example, Michael Jordan was lousy at reading and writing but superior in kinesthetics. I.M Pi is gifted visually and spacially and with math but not the written word. Einstein as well. No gift for sitting at a desk learning to read and write. He flunked out of school. All the hours in the day spent on reading and writing would not make a difference. Let him spend time on his interests of math and science and the quality value shoots to the moon. Look at the contributions he made. Stephen King, self professed that he cannot balance a check book. Richard Branson cannot read or understand his many companies financial statements. Just imagine what a tremendous impact schools would have on society if they were able to teach to a students individual abilities and strengths. much greater productivity and far less troubles, Kids would want to go to school. Teach to a kids weakness and all falls, teach to their strengths and the weaknesses will rise, pride too. Quality not quantity
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Are mobile phones prosthesis for our brains?
I see that I should have placed this conversation in the "questions" catagory. oops! I am not able to link to more topics. The page freezes when I try to add. Also, Are there any TED Talks that may be relevant to this topic? I have seen 2 or 3 but seek more. Please offer your suggestions.
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Are mobile phones prosthesis for our brains?
Thanks Doug. What is dyslexia? I see dyslexia as something that is not easily quantified but is explained in a generic way to say a persons brain has an anomoly. I am not very clear with my definition but neither is the definition of dyslexia in professional terms. What I am observing in this trend is the necessity for adaptation to a more visual spacial environment where data accessability is increasing exponentially and that data is far more compressed than ever before. I believe brains are responding intuitively, adapting and/or evolving to meet current demands. Looking at how fast our accesability to data has increased in 15 years and seeing what seems to ba a paralell of the increase in brain function regarding visual spacial acuiety, I believe it is more than coincidental. Maybe evolution may proceed in a way that we make stir fry. We spend a an hour preparing food that we cook in 1 minute. It is believed that we utilize less than 10% of its ability. What is the other 90% for? Sure some extra to allow for damage but I cannot see that the brain has extra capacity for no reason other than future use. Ultimate desing is too keen for that excess. History and folklore suggest that centuries ago, a few people could access the etherial internet. Maybe our brains are already wired to operate in this capacity and the necessary parts are dormant. Maybe they are just being turned on as a response to demand.. Why do you think these brain changes are occuring and what are your thoughts on its potential to access the ether?
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Fix the education system by changing the learning model to make students more creative, motivated, productive, and personal.
I believe so. The current system is designed to produce factory workers and lower management. Follow instructions, time management and produce average satisfactory work. Not much room for the gifted or those with "learning differences". This models time has passed. What I see evolving is the web based school model (WS) which teaches the core subjects interwoven with focused electives. My children struggled in the public system which is designed to address the needs of the bell curve. It believes that all kids learn in the same way at the same speed with little room for variance. They can offer the same classes taught by different teachers in different ways. WS's incorporate a multimodal teaching system where children learn in a way best suited for them wether kinesthetic, oral, visual, etc. The support offered from the WS has been spontaneous and individualized. A student may learn at his/her own pace and not feel bored by being too far ahead or confused and left behind. My kids are enjoying the learning process again, learning at a far greater pace and retaining more information. It is more effective and takes less time. They are done with the core in 2-3 hours. We have coupled the web school with classes featuring a more creative/hands on experience. Science, engineering, sports and the arts. They are more focused and having more fun.
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andrew dimock
Posted almost 3 years ago
Are mobile phones prosthesis for our brains?
Interesting point Doug. I see evolution as a process toward better and more efficient systems for the living to survive and flourish in their environment. In some cases tools are more efficient than what our bodies are capable of. i.e. an axe. However, I ask; are human brains capable of more effecient methods of accessing data in the ether or of communicating with one another? In the future, will the tool be necessary? I have read that more people are being diagnosed with dyslexia than ever before. Dyslexics as I understand have far greater visual spacial abilities than the bell curve. According to Dyslexia-add.org, today as many as 15% of the population have dyslexia when 10 years ago only 5-7 percent were diagnosed. This statistic may be significant if we can isolate some factors like; are we testing more than before? have we changed the criteria for that designation? or are brains changing to meet the massive influx of data we interact with as a part of daily life? If the latter is the case then an evolutionary process is suggested. It is a necessary process in order for humans to flourish as a species. What if, (the loaded question) in our infinite wisdom, our brains figure out how to access the ether in ways better and more efficiently than than the tools. Much like birds evolving from fish, generating lungs from gills. Think about how long it takes to type or talk. Our interface has to change to access it all. We still read the written word yet images contain far greater data then just alpha letters. It is obvious that the trend is toward a visually communicative society. My question is will our bodies continue to adapt, how fast and how much?