One of the quotes from Alan November that really caught my attention was, “Its more about the locus of control and how people relate to one another than trying to apply a thousand apps to a classroom.” It's not about how much technology you can use in the classroom but how you use it. I really liked how this video explores the question of “Who owns the learning?” It doesn’t question the use of technology because, at this point, it is inevitable, but it questions how to use it, how to make it relevant for a generation of digital natives.
Alan points to the idea that it's a time to rebalance the control of ownership of learning. This idea places the teacher in a more important role of facilitating and guiding that learning over transferring knowledge. Alan brings up a statistic from his own experience that states kids think 85-95% of their assignments are googleable. That is insane to me. It just shows that the transferring of knowledge and facts method has become obsolete in an age where almost everything is googleable. If this is true, then what else is there to learn, where do we go from here? Alan points to the idea of perspective. When you google something in America, you only get western sources and while most of our students are “digital natives” they look for whats easy and miss what millions of other voices have to say. We are missing what is going on in the rest of the world. One sided results are not acceptable anymore in an age where the world is at our fingertips. We have to guide students to find these other voices and show them how to make their own questions and own their learning.
Another quote that stuck with me, was when Alan said, “One of the most important skills in owning learning is what’s your quotient for global empathy? How much do you appreciate other points of view?” We need to show our students about critical thinking, about perspective, about global literacy. We have to get the culture right.
November, A. (2014, May 5). Alan November - Who Owns the Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAIxIBeT90&list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp&index=24