Digital Media Reflection

After watching Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, I was interested to learn about a few new programs and schools designed specifically for students with interests in technology. Quest to Learn, a digital school located in New York, sparked the most thoughts in my mind. I have never heard of a school for “digital kids.” At first I thought it was a little strange, since it’s not what I’m used to. However, as I learned more about it I realized the creators of the school have a good thing going. It makes sense that not all people learn the same way. There are some children who simply can’t succeed in the traditional classroom setting due to various factors. Quest to Learn is giving those children a chance to not only succeed, but to learn in ways that make sense to them. The teachers that were interviewed for the video seem to be very intelligent and are aware of the concerns some have about this type of schooling. They don’t seem to be oblivious to the potential downfalls to this unique way of learning. Instead they try to spin it around to get people to see the positive outcomes. A main concern is that children are becoming addicted to video games. However, a good comparison was made from the addiction of video games to athletics. An athlete who consistently works on their skill is looked at as passionate, but when it comes to video games, it looks like addiction. I agree that it’s not necessarily fair to say one is an addict versus passionate.

I see why a school like this would be helpful, and as long as they follow state guidelines I don’t see it hindering students learning. I think it brings up interesting learning patterns, like collaborative learning and catering towards the interests of the students. However, the main concern I thought of was what happens when these students are forced to enter a traditional classroom in either high school or college? Since Quest to Learn provides such a unique way of learning, I would imagine those students might be at a disadvantage when it comes to reentering the traditional classroom. Although the “traditional” classroom might be changing, I believe that for the most part, the structure will remain the same no matter how much technology influences the world.

 

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