EdHacker: The hands on future

Hey Jose, I just saw this post on the Maker Faire and the co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, about kids, learning, and the future. In the Wired article Bushnell sounds a whole lot like Jennifer Barnett as she talks about the tech savvy project-based learning she has been responsible for implementing in her school. These […]

Hey Jose,

I just saw this post on the Maker Faire and the co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, about kids, learning, and the future. In the Wired article Bushnell sounds a whole lot like Jennifer Barnett as she talks about the tech savvy project-based learning she has been responsible for implementing in her school. These type of meaningful interactions is just the type of new learning ecology we describe in Teaching 2030.

 

Bushnell is working with Makers Faire founders, Make Magazine to develop a way for kids to get more hands-on experiences before they leave school. About education and the future he said, “Kids, when they make, are actually preparing themselves better for the jobs they’ll have in the future than [they are by] getting straight A’s.” In the present education credentialing is still seen as meritocracy in action, but some are predicting that the bachelor’s degree may become meaningless.

This blog post reminded me of the amazing student passion-based learning and lifehacking work Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has turned me onto in the past.

What will tomorrow’s students need to stand out?  The counter-narrative espoused by many successful innovators is that it won’t be test scores because they weren’t even college graduates. But, when it comes to career and college readiness, it couldn’t possibly be a case of do as I say not as I did. Could it?