Reinventing the broken system of today’s formal education is one of the most pressing cultural concerns. And while most conversations on the subject can be ultimately ineffectual, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown bring a refreshing perspective on the subject with equal parts insight, imagination and optimism. Their A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change make a powerfull case for a new kind of learning, one growing synchronously and fluidly with technology rather than resisting it with restless anxiety.
"We’re stuck in a mode where we’re using old systems of understanding learning to try to understand these new forms, and part of the disjoint means that we’re missing some really important and valuable data.” ~ Douglas Thomas
The book touches on a number of critical issues in digital learning, from the role of remix culture to the importance of tinkering and experimentation in creating, not merely acquiring, knowledge. Central to its premise is the idea that play is critical to understanding learning, something we can get behind.
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