Isaac Asimov tells Bill Moyers how computers will allow learners of all ages to pursue their passions… in 1988

January 26, 2011 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

Martin Said, who teaches music at Cramlington Learning Village, turned me on to this video, and it’s absolutely brilliant. Asimov’s magnificent muttonchop sideburns are only the beginning.

To give a flavor, here’s what he says at 2:22:

We used to have either a one-to-one relationship [with a teacher] for the few, and a one-to-many relationship for the masses. Now there’s a possibility of one-to-one access for the many. Everyone can have access to a teacher, in the form of the collective knowledge of the human species.

But my favourite bit is at about 3:00, when Moyers asks ‘what if I just want to learn about baseball?’ and Asimov says:

Well that’s all right! You learn all you want about baseball because the more you learn about baseball, the more you might grow interested in mathematics to try to figure out what they mean by those ‘earned run averages’… On the other hand, somebody who is interested in mathematics may suddenly find themself very enticed by the problem of you you throw a curveball.


Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

Good piece on EBL and engagement by Ewan Mcintosh in the TES Stephen Joseph’s presentation at the Communities and Climate Action Conference 2011 on sustainable transport

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