Saturday, July 30, 2011

South Korea digitizing educational material

South Korea has announced that by 2014, their educational materials will
be digitized, and by 2015, the entire school-age curriculum will
be delivered on an array of computers, smart phones and tablets.

It is estimated to cost South Korea's education ministry $2.4
billion buying the requisite tablets and digitizing material for them.

While we can envy this level of resourcing being spent on e-learning we would not want to go down this path as it is systematic of a 20th century learning model. Chalk (even if it is digital chalk) and talk. Rote learning and worksheet mentality.

At Freemans Bay School we are using Knowledge Net as our integrated Learning Management e-learning environment. Our use of Knowledge Net allows our students to reflect on their learning and thinking and have their peers/parents/caregivers and educators provide feedback on their progress towards their goals.

We believe our students should have opportunities to collaborate with others, self manage their learning through their use of habits of mind and reflect on that learning and thinking.

Some further resourcing from our Government to support 21st century learning would be appreciated as we would like to be able to have 1-1 netbooks and fibre instead of asdl to support our access to the WWW. However I expect this will be a reality in the next few years.

Meanwhile I do not believe that we will go down the path of South Korea but we will continue developing a pedogogy for the world of our students live in- this way they will be engaged and motivated to learn.


  1. Hello Sandy,
    I think you make an important point about technology being a tool for learning rather than the means. Perhaps the most important part of education 2.0 from my point of view is that students move from being knowledge consumers to knowledge creators and evaluators.


  2. You make a good comment Stephanie. Its all about active reflection on learning goals and next steps, the dispositons for learning and collaboration. Rote learning and text book exercises is a different planet from where we are coming from at Freemans Bay School.

    Good to have you with us and have a great practicum.

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