HOT BLAST: Turning students into hackers
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Quinn Norton: Students as hackers from EDtalks on Vimeo.

Quinn Norton, a journalist and former educator, has some novel thoughts on "remaking" the classroom.

The education system that we have right now was designed in the 19th century to turn out people who would kind of fit in a cookie cutter, people that could be good employees for factories, for the economic booms of the time, and we still have that system. Right now we need a new way of educating people, a way that’s creative and flexible. We need to get better at  not just teaching people but teaching them how to learn, because what we know now isn’t even going to be useful in a few years, and I think actually what we need to be turning out generations of hacker kids. 

Hackers? Say what? Norton explains she doesn't mean people stealing passwords and breaking into servers.

I mean people who have permission and the skills to take apart the world around them, to put it together in novel ways, to understand how it works and to get creative with it. A hack as it was traditionally thought of back in the MIT days was just a crazy way of using an existing technology. Take something, use it completely differently. And if you really want to understand the future, don’t look at how people are looking at technology, look at how they are misusing technology.
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