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Say bye bye to the tellie my friends, as very soon it will be just as out of date as the old wireless radio your grandma had in her living room. The way we digest information now is much more active compared to the passive approach of the television.
Active learning compared to passive learning is nothing new of course for any teacher or student. Since the 1960s, learning has been pushed as being more useful if done through activity and discovery. But what about the internet today? Where is this going to push us in our world of learning.
I remember the day when I had the internet first in my classroom. It was amazing, it meant that whenever someone asked a question we could put it into the internet and get a reasonable answer. This was amazing. But is that all we can do with it today?
Of course not! With the emergence of AI and deep learning, the kind of learning that can take place can not only be varied and spontaneous, it can also (nowadays unbeknown to us) be targeting exactly the direction we are interested in.
Deep learning is already here simply seen by the amount of ads we get for things we viewed in the past. But what about what we learn? Now too, if we ‘googled’ something that we were interested in, not only do we get the ads for other similar products, we also get sites for similar arguments, or even (thank goodness) alternative arguments. We need this. The last thing we want today is for people to be even more narrow minded than before. Deep learning will open up many alternative thinking ideas to those who may have ordinarily just gone for the one answer.
IT programmers of deep learning software are now fully aware that when we look at a page with our eyes, we don’t just look at one line, our eyes are darting everywhere. This seemingly random flourish of eye movement looks like we really don’t know what we are looking for – and in fact that is true to an extent. Constantly when we are looking at something we are looking for signals of familiarity or things that catch our imagination or even more interesting, things that help our mind turn to something different or better than what we had expected.
This kind of process is presented as the person looks at any page. It will be the student of the subject who will finally of course make the decision. So how do we do that to our students if we are the teachers?
Teachers of the future will be much more involved with how people process what they see through deep learning. This is a key fundamental difference to what has been happening certainly over the last 50 years. Guiding those students who trust their instincts and digest information in a useful way will be the ultimate goal of any teacher.
The internet is still very new. The internet will shift and change in ways we cannot even begin to imagine, even in the next 5 years. The only way teachers will be able to keep up with the fast amount of information available at a fingertip for their students is to all keep an open mind. To understand how they learn themselves, and they will be able to understand their own learners. No one is ahead of the game here with the world of learning through the internet. Everyone has to simply understand that we are all going to be the learners of the future – and maybe it will be the students role to teach their teachers and in turn teach themselves! Meaning teachers will simply be the sounding boards for learners.
That would be nice.