The Education Futures Blog

"How can technology be used to help students learn better?"

Focus on HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn

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Nearly a decade ago, Udemy's Victor Yu interviewed Education Futures founder John Moravec. He argues that technologies need to be used to help students learn how to think … not tell them what to think. His advice seems even more relevant today than ever. Says John:

“I believe we need to engineer new technologies to help them HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn. Our school systems have focused on WHAT for centuries. Likewise, we see too many educational technologies focus on the WHAT as well (i.e., pushing content rather than new idea generation). WHAT technologies are great for producing factory workers, but for creatives and innovators, we need to focus more on HOW to learn. The rapidly changing world demands no less. Students need to build capacities for continuous learning, unlearning, and relearning to be competitive globally. So, I believe that the technologies that address the HOW question will become the key for educational success in the remainder of the 21st century.”

Read the full interview at Udemy.