Saturday, May 02, 2009

Passive vs. Active Media

@mjtrigger Tweets:
Thomas Edison said that TVs were going to replace textbooks. Interesting idea, never happened.

The reason that TVs did not replace textbooks is that both are passive forms.

Web 2.0 is a whole other kettle of fish. It is by nature interactive, customizable, and social.

It's actually more like a sandbox in a public park.


  1. I like the analogy. The longer we expect students to sit and get instead of getting up to think and do, we will be losing the global battle.

    There is nothing as boring as the flat word on the flat plage.

  2. I am a literature teacher and disagree about the boring flat word comment, but today in class I had my students do an interactive, student led activity instead of just answering "boring" reading comp questions and the result was excellent. It was immediately evident who had done the reading and who had not. And, brings to my mind another question: why do students just passively sit there and take it. If it's so much more fun to be an active learner, why don't they "rise up" and demand more fun. Why just sit there and take it?


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