College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers.
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How to learn anything… fast 4th Jun 2013;
Research suggests it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill.
Today, when so many of us find ourselves with less and less time and energy to spare, it is all too easy to procrastinate on new learning projects. And to make matters worse, the early hours of practising something new are always the most frustrating. That’s why we may start each New Year resolving to learn how to speak a new language or play an instrument, but our best intentions soon fall by the wayside, when the going gets tough and we find it so much easier to watch TV or surf the web.
But author and business adviser Josh Kaufman argues that it is possible to go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing well with just 20 hours of deliberate, focused practice.
By showing how to deconstruct complex skills, maximise productivity, and remove common learning barriers, Kaufman offers a realistic and achievable approach to skill acquisition - and shows that it is possible to learn just about anything, fast - and have fun along the way.
Speaker: Josh Kaufman, business adviser, learning expert and author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast. (Penguin Portfolio, 2013)
Chair:Julian Thompson is the director of enterprise at the RSA.
Family and frustrations can go hand in hand
In education, Negroponte explained, there’s a fundamental distinction between "instructionism" and "constructionism." "Constructionism is learning by discovery, by doing, by making. Instructionism is learning by being told." Negroponte’s lifelong friend Seymour Papert noted early on that debugging computer code is a form of "learning about learning" and taught it to young children.
Thus in 2000 when Negroponte left the Media Lab he had founded in 1985, he set out upon the ultimate constructionist project, called "One Laptop per Child." His target is the world’s 100 million kids who are not in school because no school is available. Three million of his laptops and tablets are now loose in the world. One experiment in an Ethiopian village showed that illiterate kids can take unexplained tablets, figure them out on their own, and begin to learn to read and even program.
In the "markets versus mission" perspective, Negroponte praised working through nonprofits because they are clearer and it is easier to partner widely with people and other organizations. He added that "start-up businesses are sucking people out of big thinking. So many minds that used to think big are now thinking small because their VCs tell them to ‘focus.’"
As the world goes digital, Negroponte noted, you see pathologies of left over "atoms thinking." Thus newspapers imagine that paper is part of their essence, telecoms imagine that distance should cost more, and nations imagine that their physical boundaries matter. "Nationalism is the biggest disease on the planet," Negroponte said. "Nations have the wrong granularity. They’re too small to be global and too big to be local, and all they can think about is competing." He predicted that the world is well on the way to having one language, English.
Negroponte reflected on a recent visit to a start-up called Modern Meadow, where they print meat. "You get just the steak—-no hooves and ears involved, using one percent of the water and half a percent of the land needed to get the steak from a cow." In every field we obsess on the distinction between synthetic and natural, but in a hundred years "there will be no difference between them."
Aaron Hillegass talks with Gabe about teaching experts. Aaron has taught many of the best iOS and Mac programmers in the world and has a lot to say about the process of teaching and learning. You also get to hear Gabe sound dumb as usual. What’s not to love?
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Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs
RSA Debate 23rd Jan 2013; 18:00 (full recording including audience Q&A)
What are the priorities for a new English curriculum? Should it enable our children and young people to be creative and communicate effectively in a global context, or is the most important thing to read and write accurately? Looking for the Heart of English involved 400 teachers discussing what really matters in learning English. The government has made proposals which do not meet the high expectations of these teachers and many others. The launch of Meeting High Expectations: will the new primary curriculum be good enough for our children? will bring out the vital learning which will enable young people to find their voices.
This event is part of the continuing conversation about English teaching and what learners really need. The high profile discussion will contribute to the consultation on the government proposals for a new curriculum.
The discussion will include those who contributed to the publication, including Michael Boyd, former artistic director, RSC; Chris Meade, co-director, If:book; Roger Billing, headteacher, Abbots Langley Primary School; and Jenny Lubuska, head of English, Hayes School.
Chair: Sue Horner, leader in education and the arts and chair, RSA Academies Board.
Our own Jessica Allen interviews LivingSocial engineer and Hungry Academy graduate Elise Worthy about the program, learning Rails and living in Washington DC.
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