What I’m thinking about: accelerating innovation
I saw this TED talk yesterday, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
This got me thinking—why can the internet improve dance education so much, but in the 10 years I’ve been teaching, it really hasn’t transformed the way most students learn physics? (I’m saying most here—I know it’s had a huge effect on my teaching).
Then I tried to find the equivalent of the 6 year-old dance challenge for physics. Hey, I’ve heard good things about Kahn Academy . What about those guys? Here’s a video from them on introducing Newton’s 1st law:
I’m not meaning to trash Kahn Academy here, but this has nothing on the 6-year old dancing video, and great physics teaching, this isn’t (even though when I showed this to my kids, they loved it, and wanted me to keep going—I think this says something about how students get used to spoon feeding).
So here’s my thought, first, it makes me want to put everything I do on the internet for feedback. Second, and more importantly, I think there’s a opportunity here for us to transform how kids learn physics by mimicking how they learn dance from you tube. Instead of toiling away on a bunch of homework problems on their own, why don’t we have students film themselves working a problem, explaining the results from a lab, or how to make a precise measurement. And then, share this with the world: “yo: New York, here’s our free body diagram for a suction cup on a wall—what can you do?”
Seriously, I think this could change the world. Who’s in?