The following points apply to adult education much in the same way. Those who malign open learning education are destined to become extinct, in the same way dinosaurs disappeared on earth.
Ethical and responsible distance education, open learning and e-learning are destined to become the future of learning.
There is a great excerpt from the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz Website that sums up what we will do for students when we create a 1:1 environment for our students.
Are you ready…?
•I will access up-to-date information - you have a textbook that is 5 years old.
•I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded.
•I will learn how to care for technology by using it – you will read about it.
•I will see maths problems in 3D – you will do the odd problems.
•I will create artwork and poetry and share it with the world – you will share yours with the class.
•I will have 24/7 access – you have the entire class period.
•I will access the most dynamic information – yours will be printed and photocopied.
•I will communicate with leaders and experts using email – you will wait for Friday’s speaker.
•I will select my learning style – you will use the teacher’s favorite learning style.
•I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will collaborate with peers in your classroom.
•I will take my learning as far as I want – you must wait for the rest of the class.
The cost of a laptop per year? - $250
The cost of teacher and student training? – Expensive
The cost of well educated US citizens and workforce? - Priceless
How important are the above bullets? By what criteria would you measure success in a 1:1 initiative?
I will be sharing the results of the student survey soon.
cross-posted at www.patrickmlarkin.com