The overall point of the video is to emphasize most of the important facts and characteristics of students today. Nowadays college seems to be very difficult and tedious for the majority of the students, especially if some teachers are still stuck on the 19th century. We have to deal with enormous; nonpersonalized classes, very expensive tuition, a big load of books; which some of them we don’t really need and won’t be reading at all, extreme time management, teachers not incorporating technology to their classes and lectures, and so on.
One of the most relevant problems to me, is the fact that we only read a couple of books a year, but navigate the internet every single day, for several hours, and we end up learning more from our computers than from our actual teachers and books . Students should take the initiative to solve this problem. College goes by so fast that we do not have the time to wait for the teachers to react.
We can incorporate educational sites to our daily navigation, we can do research about specific topics, we can take mixed- mode classes; in which we combine the traditional white-board with advanced, interesting software, we can also go to the computer labs and ask for extra tutoring, and last but not least, we could always talk to our teachers and let them know how we love to learn new things every day, but we need something new, something more dynamic and interesting like technology. And who knows?
If the students take the initiative, maybe that could encourage the teachers to incorporate the internet into their daily lectures. First of all, teachers have to learn the benefits from using the internet, once they realize how many improvements it can bring to their classes, they are going to start applying them. A good and simple kind of way to start is using the class software that most of the time comes FREE with the required book. Blogs are an excellent idea when it comes to discussion sessions; it helps us express our thoughts in a better way without any pressure.
Instead of making Power Point slides with the summary of the chapter or unit, teachers could show us a video, something concise but powerful enough to captivate us. Using the internet also helps students relate some topics to their personal life. Interacting and sharing information with people from all over the world is something that we don’t easily forget, especially because we feel like it’s a more personalized form of education, which we can apply to our daily life.
I’m not a teacher, but I’m pretty sure that it would cause me great satisfaction to see my students more motivated and encouraged to learn by incorporating technology in my classes. The University also plays an important role in this subject. In order for them to solve the problem they should implement more mixed-mode classes, replace some class materials with software such as digital books, but most important train their teachers to master this new way of education. We all live in a globalized world with an innumerable number of benefits; why not give the internet a try? There is much we could gain and nothing we could lose!
This is, or should be, worrisome to educators and policy makers, not only because of the suffering that results but also because a large and growing body of research demonstrates that the way people manage their emotions — that is, their emotional intelligence — matters for personal growth and to the success of the broader society and economy.
Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships and health. Mastering the skills of emotional intelligence paves the way for greater well-being, better relationships and overall effectiveness — for college students, for students from kindergarten through high school and for the adults who surround them, including educators and parents. The Nobel laureate James J. Heckman has written that teaching “noncognitive” skills, including recognizing and regulating emotions, would be a cost-effective way to increase work force productivity and quality.
Teaching emotional intelligence — or what’s more broadly referred to as social and emotional learning — to children and adults has proven effective—-and sorely needed.
Given that, it’s frustrating that policies to mandate and finance evidence-based approaches to social and emotional learning are slow to come. A few states, including Illinois and Alaska, have acted on their own. Leaders in Washington and across the nation need to listen to youth and work to change education to equip America’s youth to be competitive for the global century well under way. Our future — and our children’s future — depend on it.Continue reading the main story