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The Future Of Learning: Ericsson Networked Society Short Film Takes A Fascinating Look At Education And Technology

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From school e-readers and flipped classroom models to computerized testing and online courses,
educators are still grappling with ways to shift an educational paradigm of the 20th century into one of the 21st.

In a thought-provoking short film, "The Future of Learning," Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson takes a look at engagement learning in a technological era. The video was made as part of Ericsson's Networked Society series.

"Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don't actually need to know anything -- you can find out at the point when you need to know it," self-described "slumdog professor" Sugata Mitra says in the video's opening. "It's the teacher's job to point young minds towards the right kind of questions. The teacher doesn't need to give any answers, the answers are everywhere. And we know now from years of measurements that learners who find the answers for themselves retain it better than if they're told the answer."

(Mitra is actually professor of educational technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University in the U.K.)

The piece takes a look at what the future of education could be in our networked society and presents fundamental divergence from previous methods of rote memorization -- in favor of tailored education where memorization may no longer be necessary for sake of pervasive information.

Check out the full film above and weigh in below -- What do you think the future of education holds?

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