If you as a private person try to get through digital learning, and texts about it, you will instantly end up banging your head against one of our times most annoying walls: The Buzz Word Wall.
There are soon not a thing, which do not have at least one fancy term, and often it is so dominant, that those who teach and engaging digital learning, is being seasick the bar exertion of jumping on the wave.
I stood on the Learning Festival and had a conversation with two Coding Pirates colleagues from Aarhus, and the topic came quickly into what we call things, and to whom.
It has in fact been such, that different groups have their own buzzwords for more or less the same.
Not for nothing – but that makes it no easier dælme!
In the end, we, and can not see learning for bar buzzword cinquefoil, and the bother I therefore do not.
On Monday I gave a key note presentation at Microsoft regarding. 21st. Century Learning og Maker kulturen.
Here I also mentioned this wall of buzzwords, because it stands in the way of the, it should promote.
Afterwards told one of the participants, he was really glad that I brought it up.
It also went to him at, and I have met many other, which also is getting gray hair of them.
Well, to be indications and designations of things, so that we have a common language, thus facilitating both didactic and practical goals.
We do not always agree, what they mean. With we I mean us, as to develop the digital daily learning, and try to convey it to the actual users in schools and institutions.
They managed just not always, and so is a teacher and educator Peter Keld often and do not understand, what's being said.
They reach the wall, give up climbing over the, and so stagnate in the shadow of the juggernaut.
There must not spoken to academic practitioners, and unless somebody is going to develop a dictionary in the near future, so, we want to relax with all the words.
We have a problem in Danish schools and institutions, where thrown money 'a lot’ for digital learning materials and gadgets, but teaching, and the introduction to them, failure.
The old adage of 'The pen is mightier than the sword’ apply here too.
We must and must not overshadow learning with walls of endless buzzwords!
So think about, next time you use words such as digital imaging, media learning, flipped classrooms and similar.
Is it the learning you contribute to, or is it buzzword wall?
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