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The impact of new technologies in the field of education was addressed in a blog by Rita Gunther McGrath earlier this month. The author lists “7 major changes… that will upend traditional education,” namely (see blog):

Unbundling

Accessibility

Upend Traditional Teaching

Upend Traditional Grading

Change a Professor’s Job

Change the Economics of Schools’ ‘Brand’

More Specialization

As an educational leader the ideas set forth in the blog should come as no surprise; for many years individuals have put forth research, monographs, “best practice” texts, and video that correspond to the individual-level or teaching-related points (i.e., accessibility, traditional teaching and grading, change a professor’s job). One video with more than 4.5 million hits on YouTube since October 2007 summarized “some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams…” This video challenges educators to choose content differently, present content differently, and engage students differently than they have traditionally.

In short, the video challenges educators to choose and deliver content with their audience in mind. Consider the implication; our focus becomes student learning. Thus, evaluating one’s teaching is not by measured by how well the teacher teaches content, but rather how well his/her students learn.

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Gunther McGrath, R. (03.07.12). What will digital technologies do to education? Available online here.

Wesch, M., and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Spring 2007. (10.12.2007). A Vision of Students Today. Available on YouTube.

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