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This Will Revolutionize Education


This will revolutionize education. No prediction
has been made as often or as incorrectly as that one. In 1922, it was Thomas Edison who
declared that, “The motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and
that in a few years, it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.”
Yeah. And you know how that worked out? By the 1930s it was radio. The idea was you could
beam experts directly into classrooms, improving the quality of education for more students
at lower cost. And that would mean you require fewer skilled teachers, a theme common to
all of the proposed education revolutions, like that of educational television in the
1950s and 60s. Studies were conducted to determine whether students preferred watching a lecture
live, or sitting in an adjacent room where the same lecture was broadcast via closed
circuit TV. What would you prefer? In the 80s there was no debating. Computers
were the revolutionary solution to our education woes. They were audiovisual, interactive,
and could be programmed to do almost anything you like. Well at the time, they could run
Oregon Trail. But their potential was obvious. Researches suspected that if they could teach
kids to program, say how to move a turtle around a screen, then their procedural reasoning
skills would also improve. So how did it go? Well the students got better at programming
the turtle, but their reasoning skills were unaffected. Even by the 1990s we had not learned
from the failure of our past predictions and I quote, “The use of videodiscs in classroom
instruction is increasing every year and promises to revolutionize what will happen in the classroom
of tomorrow.” Videodiscs? Yeah, those giant oversized CD things. Remember when they revolutionized
education? Nowadays plenty of things are poised to revolutionize
education like, smartboards, smartphones, tables, and M.O.O.C.s. Those are massive open
online courses. And some belief we’re getting close to universal teaching machine, a computer
so quick and well-programmed that it’s basically like having your own personal tutor in a machine.
A student could work through well-structured lessons at their own pace receiving immediate
and personally-tailored feedback, and all without the interference of a meddlesome and
expensive teacher. Do these claims sound familiar? Over the past 100 years, a lot of areas of
life have been revolutionized, but education is not one of them. By in large, students
are still taught in groups by a single teacher. And that is not what a revolution looks like.
Some might blame this state of affairs on the inertia of our educational institutions.
It’s just too hard to get a huge bureaucracy to change. But I think the reason technology
hasn’t revolutionized education is something else, something that goes to the very heart
of what education is. Let’s consider the process of learning.
Say you want to teach someone how a human heart pumps blood. Which learning aid do you
think would be more effective, this animation with narration or this set of static picture
with text? Obviously the animation is better. I mean for one thing it shows exactly what
the heart does. For decades, educational research focused on questions like this. Does a video
promote learning better than a book? Are live lectures more effective than televised lectures?
Is animation better than static graphics? In all well-controlled studies, the result
is no significant difference. That is, so long as the content is equivalent between
the two treatments, the learning outcomes are the same with all different media. How
is this possible? How can something which seems so powerful, like animation, be no more
effective than static graphics? Well for one thing, animations are fleeting and so you
might miss something as they go by. Plus, since the parts are animated for you, you
don’t have to mentally envision how the parts are moving. And so you don’t have
to invest as much mental effort which would make it more memorable. In fact, sometimes
static graphics perform better than animations. And I think this points to a really fundamental
aspect of education which is, it doesn’t matter what happens around the learner. We
are not limited by the experiences we can give to students. What limits learning is
what can happen inside the student’s head. That is where the important part of learning
takes place. No technology is inherently superior to any other. Researchers spent so much time
investigating whether one medium or technology was more effective than another that they
failed to investigate exactly how to use the technology to promote meaningful thought processes.
So the question really is what experiences promote the kind of thinking that is required
for learning? Recently, that research is being conducted and we’re finding out some pretty
important stuff. I mean it may seem obvious, but it turns out learning with words and pictures
together, whether they’re animation and narration or static pictures and text, works
better than words alone. Also, we see that anything which is extraneous needs to be eliminated
from a lesson. For example, on-screen text competes with visuals, so learners perform
better when it is omitted than when it is present. Now that we know how best to make educational
videos, and any experience can be simulated in the video setting, YouTube must be the
platform that will revolutionize education. I mean the number of educational videos on
YouTube is increasing every day. So why do we need teachers? Well, if you think that
the fundamental job of a teacher is to transmit information from their head to their students’,
then you’re right, they are obsolete. I mean, you probably imagine a classroom where
this teacher is spewing out facts at a pace which is appropriate for one student, too
fast for half, and too slow for the rest. Luckily the fundamental role of a teachers
is not to deliver information. It is to guide the social process of learning. The job of
a teacher is to inspire, to challenge, to excite their students to want to learn. Yes,
they also do explain and demonstrate and show things, but fundamentally that is beside the
point. The most important thing a teacher does is make every student feel like they
are important, to make them feel accountable for doing the work of learning. All of this is not to say technology has had
no impact on education. Students and teachers work and communicate via computers. And videos
are used both inside and outside of classrooms. But all of this is best characterized as an
evolution, not a revolution. The foundation of education is still based on the social
interaction between teachers and students. For as transformative as each new technology
seems to be, like motion pictures or computer or smartboards, what really matters is what
happens inside the learner’s head. And making a learner think seems best achieved in a social
environment with other learners and a caring teacher.

100 Replies to “This Will Revolutionize Education”

  • maybe tech does not revolutionize education because there is no need. only when education will not cope with its tasks – new tech will come to play.

  • Factoid:- Evolution is the accumulation of changes in metastable harmonics of Revolution/cycles, but the point of the story is the occasional big "unexpected" change, Punctuated Equilibria, in the context of "The more things change, the more they stay the same", almost, with some degree of uncertainty. Life is due to random and selected change in the reprogramming process of naturally occurring feedback.., bubbles of bubbles of the spectrum of changes.

  • I learned more from my smartphone than school
    And one biggest advantage of technology you can learn what you are interested in.

  • Do you know what did revolutionize education? Feminism. Male teachers had been almost entirely replaced by women. And it's a tragedy.

  • Schools use the same techniques as in the 70's. Outdated, and nobody seems to care. We don't use multimedia, we don't focus on practical education instead of delivering information that will never be use in real life scenarios.

    But changing the educational system would render many teachers useless, specially those who are not interested on a change.

  • people need to feel safe to learn. learning takes us into the area of not knowing and this is an emotionally scary place to be. if students (of whatever age) are left feeling unsafe, shamed for not knowing, anxious, they will not be able to learn well. emotional stability starts post partum and it depends on the emotional stability of the parents. learning is a social process but the experience also takes us into the internal world where anxiety and shame also reside. unless we can access and work with this material and impart an emotional safety to not knowing, people will struggle with learning. look what maths does to people (me included).

  • Hi guys.

    Two things:

    1) I love your videos (they're amazing)!
    2) I'm a Science teacher in the UK/London. I'm trying to make some Science videos. Is there any way that I can email you guys (to run my ideas through you)?

    Ps,
    Thanks again for your videos (and hard work :). I sometimes use your videos in my lessons. Thanks for your time :).

  • I really like the ideas of apprenticeships. Although, today, apprenticeships would be based on the company level. Something like being an intern at a hospital.

  • people who enjoy teaching other people,conceptualization,visualization(words,images)methods,audio and kinesthetic methods,higher-order thinking,perceiving class tests and exams as cognitive(thinking,reasoning,analysis,synthesis)exercises rather than life-or-death determiner of self-worth,creative communication(written,oral)rather than copy-pasting….if all these can be formed into a cohesive self-sustaining system learning could be catalysed without extravagant spending schemes or any other similarly SUPERFICIAL solutions..learning is a complex phenomenon that requires deeper understanding to maintain
    Also words and images were never static for me when reading good quality books i am a visual learner so good books are like good videos in my mind

  • I've had too many teachers 6-12+college that project an environment that even they don't want to be there.

    The types that teach the same lesson up to 7 times a day, on the same day every year for 4+ years, that don't sprinkle a hint of care on whether a student succeeds or not.

  • Great video! I agree mostly with your opinions but i also add that the web evolution (animations and interactive videos) did, in part, revolutionized learning cause gave further motivation. For instance, i went deeper (and understood better!) different concepts in physics and geometry after graduation in mechanical engineering! And i have to say that i have had some excellent professors, too.
    Of course, mastering concepts means study them.
    But see, another big problem is that, frequently, students are more interested in taking exams than really understand the concepts.
    Cheers!

  • My teachers were in large majority tape recorders (and players) that failed to understand the subject they were teaching, mostly relying on low grades terror to maintain control. Nobody should be forced to learn (this means memorize ) what they do not want to. Besides of very few basic things, it is not much use. One has to be able him/herself learn what is useful, not being forcefully fed useless information .

  • But they did revolutionized it… They made every one lazier and with reduced analytical capacities. Not all revolutions are good 😉

  • If you're right, then this video (unguided by a teacher) must be ineffective, thus I cannot believe you're right just by watching it…

  • Your entire premise is that education revolution MUST eliminate teachers, otherwise it's evolution.

    In many instances today (post-university), I am learning in the absence of a teacher. I use Q&A websites such as StackOverflow. I read docs & blogs. I watch YouTube videos & e-conferences. Most of all I learn through my own practice & projects, and by discussing with my peers. For the vast majority of my time spent learning (95%+) there is no teacher physically present; there are no handouts or books. There is the internet & there is real-world practice! The internet has revolutionized education (for me, at this stage).

    I'm sure you meant school & university education… When I teach, I use hands-on computer labs, Google Drive for materials & submissions, Facebook groups for scheduling & announcements, Facebook chat for student Q&A. Even here, your premise is thin. It reminds me of an analogy about a hammer… if you replace the top, is it the same hammer? What if you now replace the handle? It's like education is an electric drill, and we already replaced the housing, the motor, the drill-bit, the fuse, and the cable. We still use electricity to power it ("the teacher"), but is it the same education?

  • Computers are a part of my everyday education (iPads) I’m on my school account right now on my iPad

  • "Derek Muller: The key to effective educational science videos" from TEDtalentSearch– must see!!!!

  • Thank you. Excellent thoughts here. I recently interviewed a training officer for my local police department. He said he has learned more about being an effective policeman by teaching others than he had in his previous 15 years of experience. I decided to apply the idea of learning with an eye toward teaching the subject. I stop a lot more often, asking and researching the meaning of phrases and concepts until I can explain them to others. I'm controlling my own social learning experience. Youtube is definitely a superb tool for this effort as well.

  • There is actually work on interfacing the human brain and nervous system with computers. Most notable is the artificial limb industry and not just the limb control, but tactile feedback. There are others areas, such as ocular implants and soft exoskeletons. But not to seem cliche, but the ideas in the Matrix movies would be a great leap in the educational process.

    Of course the methodology of teaching would also have to adapt to such a direct implant of knowledge. One challenge is the "how a person thinks". It does not seem likely that a multitude of persons will process and assemble information into though in the same manner. So attempts to universally format the information will not be widely successful.

  • There's no education revolution without a parenting revolution. There's no substitute for broken fucked up families………..

  • I didn't hate school. I just didn't really perform. I never really had any interest in education. Then…..Youtube. I try to dedicate an hour a day at least towards educating myself now. I buy books I'm learning guitar. Soon I'll be buying a keyboard. I wonder if this interest would have come along without the existence of Youtube. Even if it had, I don't think I would have absorbed this much.

  • Derek– I love your channel! Keep up the excellent work. However, if you look at Applied Behavior Analysis hard science of learning, you will see that learning may not be as much of a cognitive process as you indicate—, but more about designing an environment where the responses to stimuli are reinforced. Unfortunately, this video starts off with "modes" of delivery and suddenly shifts to relying on the social needs of learners and then you add in cognitive processes. I loved the part about how the modes are less important that the information–(again, confirmed and repeatedly shown in applied behavior analysis). Then you shift to the role of the teacher as the facilitator of learning and discourage them from sharing explicit information because some students may need differentiation of materials.
    In a real way, teachers need to continue to design explicit instruction (ala Anita Archer and Direct Instruction) to help students learn. Some students may need more explicit instructions than others depending on their repertoire of learned skills and/or foundational knowledge (differentiated instruction). Even "metacognitive" strategies need to be explicitly taught (i.e. how to use acronyms to recall facts).
    I sincerely challenge you to look at learning (and behavior) through the hard science of radical behaviorism (Applied Behavior Analysis) and to create a video about it. Feel free to look up "Project Follow Through"–the largest study completed that compares instructional technologies and the robust literature on learning outcomes of explicit instruction. Will you take up my challenge? 🙂

  • A computer cannot be better at educating than a living human teacher. It is also extremely detrimental to remove real teachers for the student's minds. Disaster guaranteed.

  • As a teacher, I do my best to measure the pulse of the classroom. I try to look into their eyes, see how engaged my students are. Their reaction guides my pace, and what to emphasize. I also keep track of the questions asked, and put more emphasis on the most misunderstood concepts. I am learning with my students, and I appreciate all their feedback.
    The interaction among students are also important. Sharing notes, exchanging flash cards, forming discussion groups.

  • 6:00 But they don't really do so. They try to get through with there stuff and learn with the students for tests. I had a teacher try to inspire us(I'd say he is a good teacher), but what he did wasn't what most do and it was only one lesson and not important for anything in the future. It's very sad that not all our classes try to spark interest. Every teacher also told me, that they don't have the time to care for individual students and they are happy to even remember all of their students names. Good education needs to care for students individual interests and needs. School right now tries to brute force everyone through their time. What remains isn't very effective.

  • it never works because a student is solely responsible for REVOLUTIONIZING his own learning. also teachers suck

  • since youtubers make me like learning more than my teachers (minus my 2nd grade teacher), YOUTUBE IS STILL SUPERIOR.

  • In my time as an instructional designer in post-secondary education, I have seen more "revolutions" than a banana republic; each one based on a system growing more and more desperate to find something to perform the functions they've forgotten how to perform. Teaching is not a matter of technology, though marketers always get around to branding each new technology innovation as a revolutionary teaching experience. Sadly, the academics, politicians and media demonstrate their appalling ignorance of teaching and learning by eagerly hopping on the newest, costly bandwagon. They drone on in ignorance about "digital natives" and other myths, extolling the virtues of technologies which most neither understand nor use properly, justifying their mediocrity with the lame excuse, "because the kids are using it." Few will ever take them to task for it. You have. Thanks. It's time for teachers and academics to pull their heads out and re-realize that teaching and learning are very human interactions which can only ever be assisted by technologies. Only the technologies have changed, but the methodologies used since Socrates scratched an image in the dirt to explain something are still the same.

  • Veritasium: This will revolutionize education.
    Me: yeah, right, I've heard that before.
    Also Veritasium: Yeah right, you've probably heard that before.

  • We had them video disk when I was in elementary. Always, there was science on them, the class would discuss the video afterwards.

  • The problem isn't the way of teaching… Is in fact the way of evaluating that remains the same: a paper and a pen… That'snt bad for little kids to learn some new things, but for others we really need to change the way that Test are made, and also the way of answering them 😌

  • He's missing the larger point which is often missed time and time again. Not all students learn in the same way. What might work for one student might not work for another.

  • According to me a revolution in education is to:
    *something which can be taught in 2 months should be taught in 2 months not to take 4/6 month semester for that as TIME IS WEALTH.Educational institutions should respect the time of students and wealth of their parents.
    *Exams should not have a "TIME LIMIT" in practical life there isn't a 2 hour time limit.
    * People say that you can lead a horse to water but cannot make it drink the water. I say a thirst of water should be made then the horse will drink the water same is with the students there isn't any sort of interest in course students just take classes because of 75% mandatory attendance.
    *It is upto teachers who deliver their lecture.They are also humans and many times their own life can be quite messy and because of their sad mood their quality of lecture is affected by using computer we can eliminate such cases.

  • It bothers me that your videos don't stick perfectly in my brain, and that it isn't 100% effective. But I doubt anything is 100% effective at teaching in one go. A lot of it, in my experience, is repetition- but not in the sense of saying it again and again, but experiencing it and incorporating it again. Think of a wind tunnel, and then apply the principle of airflow to waterflow to traffic flow. Even when it's not 1 to 1, you can draw parallels, reconsider situations, and often I'll double check to see if my understanding of a principle is incomplete or mismatched.

    I love your videos because they are informative and give me something to think about, as well as real world applications which makes it easier to connect again on my own in daily life. It excites me enough to look into topics deeper and see how it plays out in other situations and how things relate. Having taught violin, I saw this relational teaching to be helpful, and especially in younger students who were naturally excited to learn more about the world around them and let the new things be synergetic, if you'll excuse the jargon.

    Thank you so much for continuing to make enriching videos!

  • And if you look at YouTube today (June 2019), I think you'll find that it has affected education, but not revolutionized it. SMH

  • And now for a message from something that really is revolutionizing education– skillshare. skillshare has thousands of courses on tons of subjects and the first 100 people to click the link in the description can get a free trial!

  • “In most of the highest-performing systems, technology is remarkably absent from classrooms,” Andreas Schleicher, the OECD international education guru, told me. “I have no explanation why that is the case, but it does seem that those systems place their efforts primarily on pedagogical practice rather than digital gadgets.” – The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way – Amanda Ripley

  • YouTube has revolutionised education by giving the student the opportunity to select his teacher.

    Its a democractic education system.

  • A great teacher or professor will always be better than instruction you cannot interact with, however the majority with tenure are close to worthless.

  • He has a point there.
    According to John Hattie (one of the big education scientists) the most important factor for success of teaching actually is the teacher.

    So it's a matter of teaching. We as teachers need to help the students to construct their own knowledge in their own pace with means they can relate to.

  • How about using video games to learn? Level 1 base line knowledge and assesment of the individual student. Level 2 additional knowlege and reinstatement of level 1 but it will be put in a different way with tools to help the students. Example 9×2=18 and then give another example of how to get the same answer such as use your hands take down the second finger from the left now you have 1 finger and on the other hand you have 8 fingers put them together now you have 18. Doing this and making the game fun will be the goal. Make an rpg game that has you work a cash register you buy and sell things to gain points then lose points / upgraded items if you get it wrong then you lose points and your guy will not beat the boss and so on. Games can be addictive and a good way to hijack dopamine rewards produced by the brain with out the risk of public shame for not getting a problem right.

  • For me, my teachers were junk. They made my life hell. Made me feel like I was useless. Erased the joy of learning from my mind. They never motivated me. But now I am completely motivated by jealousy thanks to the internet. 😛 I never like any teacher. Even though my sister is a teacher. 😛

  • Well isn't that the point of "research" ? In order to truly learn something you have to "research" a subject/idea/etc in order to understand said subject/etc…. At least basicly

  • Youtube is only the beginning of privatized custom education. Interactivity is at the pinnacle of learning methodologies. interactive AR/VR mini applets and modules where students can do hands on learning, that is the future.

  • There you go, from 3:54 on is what I've tried for thirty years in education before I quitted and left eager kids to the idiots in educational management who thought that (although they knew nothing about learning processes and had no experience whatsoever in getting kids wild on getting better at things) their based-on-nothing little idea was an educational vision that needed instant implementation. Kids need to develop their imagination and learn to question it. And we as teachers have to construct ways for them to learn, guide the possible paths and make the outcome of their learning visible. But as said: I quit, and that was not because of my students. Damn right you are though. Hope some idiots will watch this and learn from it, but I have my doubts.

  • The inertia probably stems from the financial interests in the status quo. The best students seem to be home-schooled, if done correctly.

  • Always Loooooooooooveeeeeeeee, of course, the old school lecture.❤️
    There’s something about a charismatic lecturer that makes learning amazing.

    But hey, this Channel is doing damn well with education thorough my iPad. 😍

  • I think That every teacher need to watch this video because most of the teachers in my country are really rubbish, taking money and wasting childrens time.

  • I recall using floppy disks on an Apple 2 Computer. Which was the preferred computer at the time for schools and libraries. This was when I was in early grade school. As a gamer of 30 years I can tell you some of the common knowledge about gaming is wrong. Gaming offers a notable mental benefit only when playing a challenging game. Otherwise the benefit is small. Also, negative side effects caused by certain images differ from person to person. Some people have a negative reaction to more images than others. I recall the dark effects of a corridor in the game Silent Hill causing dizziness. Yet, images from other horror games do not have a negative affect on me. The scientific consensus is that some people have photogenic seizures, I say it requires the right combination and anyone can experience them.

  • revolutionize education: stop paying six figure salaries to admin and get PTAs to designate a "principle" for the year and determine the budget–and allow kids and community members to volunteer as classroom helpers—and have rules for the kids that make sense!=revolution of learning (&stop wasting all that stinkin' $$$$!)

  • addendum: some teachers end up picking on a random few students–a volunteer aide in the classroom will often curb this tendancy…

  • I remember reading this in college, and then trying to repeat it to some of my fellow educators in the elem school where I teach, when I heard them talking about the latest RTI software that was going to “revolutionize” the filling of gaps in remediate learners. I kept saying…there is no magic program! The program is only as good as how it’s used with the student. Turn a student loose on a program where they sit for 25 minutes, listening and clicking and answering questions…and guess what happens…exactly the same as if you’d done some other perfunctory task without the computer involved. Nothing.

  • it's just school, isn't it? i mean, school sucks.
    https://www.amazon.com/Children-Fail-Classics-Child-Development/dp/0201484021/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KKE9F7DN0CSMGMA0G932

  • We dont need teacher's no more what for. they should of learnt better then there students but no.

  • for me the most powerful teaching has been paid education as sfter the stress of having spent the money and the lessons limited time have passed i can sit back and go through it again in my own time and with youtube i can research what i haven't understood.

  • a teacher can discous.. and can be faulty so a studand is able to create  more complex thoughts. you lern more by knowing how things dosnt work. and Autoficial lerning is not teaching you… it only Shows you what you Need to know. thts two different things.

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