How should we actually perceive the core activity in this industry?

How about; ‘Somebody learning something better/faster/cheaper/deeper with the help of somebody/something else’? And the alternative? Well…that would still be learning, sense we always learn…but no help, and not the same result. However; does such way of playing with words really matter? Yes, it does. It even matters a lot. And here is how it does.

Take a look at these pictures… give it some minutes of you own time:

1: Students with laptops at a university, a teacher without. Note perhaps: some educators still don´t use PowerPoint, maybe for a good reason. From 2020.

2: One individual, out of 500 million, using Duolingo to learn a language. Note perhaps: his age and his ‘classroom’. Idea by a Carnegie Mellon Professor and a post-grad. From 2010.

3: How it looked, no hardware/software, when I was this age, year 1970. Note perhaps: different age/room = a seminar at a conference center with industry people, year 2020.

Are these pictures different, or instead similar?

This question could get different answers if we firstly thought about the learners, or the educators/technology/age/years, while answering it – mirroring how we see the core? 

The thing is…‘Development of education’ tend to look different depending on how we perceive the core activity, the reason I first gave a suggestion.

It is actually not about technology, not even about teachers or classrooms, whatever. It is about learning.

And from that point of view: everything from teachers to digital tech, to classrooms, even schools, are only tools.

One might then start to wonder: what could today be developed into the best tool that can help a person really learn something faster/cheaper/better/deeper than if it learning did happen with another tools, even done without any help at all?

A person really interested in learning something have a tendency of not caring that much on how it is done.

They just simply wants to learn something…fast, or deep, or even cheap.

In the end of the day it is the best tools that will win this battle.

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