Stanford CTO Provokes Good Questions Online (and Off)

You can gauge the quality of learning by the quality of questions a young person asks. That’s the pedagogical punch line of Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean at Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Kim and I shared the podium at the Digital Education Show in Dubai. After recapping tech trends–VR, AI, and IOT–Kim lamented that our education system has contributed to a reduction in the number of questions young people ask as they grow older. Young children ask lots of questions (about 40,000 between ages 2-5), but, according to Kim, they become more passive learners as they move through the education system. He thinks we should provoke more good questions rather than focus on regurgitation of answers. To support inquiry-based learning, Dr. Kim launched SMILE…


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