From the mouth of students: They discuss

Following are some comments from students on the Horizon Project

They are making great points. Again, when we involve students in discussions, we get some fascinating answers and points. (They sound a little bit like us!”

  • Unprecedented Force for Change”-Dan Tapscott's Keynote – Horizon Project 2008Annotated

  • Student #1 wrote on her blog

    • Dan Tapscott, Horizon Project 2008’s keynote speaker, gave me insight and inspiration for the project. His knowledgeable comments on the baby boom generation were incredible and it amazed me that he decided to make his entire living on the study of the digital generation, the generation that I am a part of.

    • I am a part of the generation that is an “unprecedented force for change,” and we are actively inducing and creating change that will be beneficial and relevant to the world today and tomorrow.

    • I agree that technology must be at the center of this change in order for it to be effective.

    • Enter technology; students can learn from each other by collaboration through technological advances such as wikis, blogs, You Tube, Facebook, and projects such as Flat Classroom and Horizon.

    • Teachers are no longer “transmitters of data,” but active participants in the student’s learning process.

    • with our advanced, technological world, we must not only acknowledge the new technologies emerging but we must gain knowledge on how to use them.

      Student #2

    • If school became an interactive place where both students and teachers put their two cents in: teachers teaching students, students teaching students, teachers sharing ideas and students executing these ideas-school would be great. If we all focus on change and ways to make interactive learning better we could reach so many people! Not only can we interact with each other but we can raise awareness and pose solutions on the many issues regarding education.

      Student #3

    • I really agree with both of what you two are saying, but my question remains, (in an attempt not to sound too cynical): how is this going to happen? I know that Dan Tapscott seeks to view change in the education system, but my question is, how is this going to happen?

    • but the real issue is, in so many places education is rigid and all about regurgitation of information. How do we look past that? Is it a mindset that we need to learn how to transgress, or is it a gradually changing aspect?

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