Featured Poster Post

Obviously, in Group 2 the poster concerned with the quotation from The Atlantic Monthly was the one which evoked the most discussion. Not because of the way the group created the poster of course 😉 but rather because of the quotation.

Nevertheless, this week sees two featured articles, one dealing with the poster mentioned above and one dealing with the drill and practice poster.

The first featured post by Simone Simon called A Case of Negative Utopia deals with the Atlantic Monthly poster and as a conclusion she writes:

[M]edia competence definitely needs its place in the curriculum, because our western life is steeped in new media. Media skills are essential for an active and mature participation in our society, especially with regard to the information system. In all probability, our recent educational system will not end in a disaster, if we accept the increasing importance of new media and the necessity to teach media and technology competence in school. Nevertheless, there are several other skills of at least equal importance, including the traditional learning objectives, because life is not and will never be a one-dimensional entity.

This sums it up rather nicely.

As for the drill and practice poster, Marina Boonyaprasop – the author of this week’s second featured post Drill and Practice Software – Old Fashioned Method in Modern Days? (and also the winner for the Best Tagline Award) – argues about the inner conflict of teachers about the still necessary bits of drill and practice and mentions that

[i]t might be old-fashioned and other methods might sound more modern, mature, cosmopolitan, enduring, or thought through, but there is no way around the Drill and Practice method in today’s EFL classrooms – and we should be happy to have at least some adequate and interesting software in order to make memorizing easier and more fun for our students.

I don’t know about old-fashioned, it’s just sometimes you have to get the skills and terminology across in order to be really constructivistic about what you are teaching (say I, who has only taught university courses…).

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