I am totally clueless about gaming and have taught many of Kai ‘sound alikes’-trying to decipher their vocabulary is a challenge. So of course I had a smile every time the writer described Kai. But the quote that struck me was “Kids are literally wearing digital media,” … “It’s present everywhere in their lives, except for in the learning environment.” How true is that?
There is a lot of work yet to be done to understand how effective such classrooms would be for the general population (there must be kids who are indifferent to gaming). It poses another challenge though-what do teachers have to know to be able to teach students with mixed reality technology?
I couldn’t completely agree with the teacher’s objections to some of the conventional learning though. You may be able to find the capital of a state or a country through Google, but seriously, imagine yourself at a social gathering and the conversation taking a turn about other countries. How interesting would your contribution be because you didn’t know some basic general knowledge? Are you going to Google it, during the conversation?
Similarly with spelling-even in the digital age, people write reports for work. Spell check is great (my husband who is dyslexic said his college life was better for it) but even there several options come up, don’t they? If you don’t know which one of those words makes sense in that context, you will have a very interesting work report going out. You do need a basic understanding of spelling!
I’m all for technology/media in the classroom-having seen the motivational and cognitive benefits. At the same time I feel it’s a good thing to use technology/media to aid learning in all areas and not restrict ourselves to learning only what is necessary for technology or media.