Does Virtual Education represent the future of education? Javenu Gustav / Justin Hebert

This podcast uses a musical format to introduce virtual education as a possible solution to address educational issues in the US and illiteracy in the world.

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  1. Rebecca

    November 26, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

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    Hi Justin,

    This is a great example of a podcast that really makes an effort to keep the listener engaged. You take to heart the problem of keeping your listener listening from the beginning to the end. I’m curious where the music comes from — is it your production?

    You make some very good arguments about the problems of the current education system that highlight the need for a change. You also give strong arguments for how engaging virtual environments are, particularly for young people. Together this does add up to an argument for taking education virtual.

    If you imagine trying to use these arguments to persuade the people who currently run American public school systems, however, you may find that you are not empathizing much with their concerns. Will this result in a generation that does not know how to interact with others in real life? How would teachers possibly be trained to work in this environment? Will students remain engaged when the content of the game is not shooting other people but is doing trigonometry instead? Isn’t it bad for students to spend all their time glued to a computer screen instead of moving around and existing in physical space? For those in the third world, how will they get the necessary computers and high-speed net connections? Virtual worlds are currently dominated by English (and IM-style abbreviations) — how will you overcome the language differences? People coming from these perspectives are the ones you’ll need to persuade, so you need to make it clear to them that you understand their perspectives and take them seriously. Your paper will have to go further and actually address their concerns.

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