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Will take-home homework become a thing of the past?
The importance of “non-curriculum” learning attributes such as self-directed learning and independence, has become a major focal point for the redevelopment of many learning areas within the Australian Curriculum. Skills of motivation and personal drive are more often being linked these days to successful job acquisition and job satisfaction than skills learned through other more traditional learning areas. This makes us wonder about what else may be up for a change when it comes to the way we look at learning from a young age.
Education is a “dinosaur” when it comes to change, with many minor alterations to the curriculum or changes to standard practice taking many years to come into effect. This is why it is essential for us to keep up to date with what is available to us, and understand how this will help future generations become more efficient with their learning.
Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy and revolutionary educator, believes that the trend we are seeing where students learn more from online videos outside of school hours should be encouraged and not stunted. If we follow this philosophy of online learning in the place of homework after school hours, Khan explains that it makes perfect sense for the raw practice of repetition (typical of homework activities) to be completed within school hours so that teachers can take action in the event of mistakes. This reversal of how we view homework may not only lead to a more effective teaching presence, where teachers are perfecting a preliminary concept already learned outside of school, yet this also allows for the development of this ‘personal drive’ as students decide to watch and interact with these videos in their own time.
The link to Salman Khan’s TED talk regarding the future of learning with interactive video can be found here.