On Sunday, it was my second boy’s birthday: 12 already! 12 years of amazing learning experiences with him and a lifelong learning journey ahead. A few days earlier, when I asked him what gift he wished for, he told me “ I'd love a DLC". I looked at him puzzled! What was a DLC? I won’t tell you now what it means, just to let you guess….
After understanding what DLC meant, a question came to my mind: What should we add into the learning game today ?
Have you guessed yet what DLC could mean? You just have to know for now that it is how I started to talk about education with my boy! "I often do that" he says : “you always change subject mum!’ He actually helped me to come up with this topic about learning and video games. "You know what?" he said to me: “ I wish school could teach through games in a place with seats that can move, a place surrounded by nature and mentors guiding you on the side .” He actually said vanguards instead of guides but I translated it my way!
I believe we need to find a new way to connect with kids today. We need to build a canal in this ocean of uncertainty. I truly think that we need to guide them more than teach them. What if we could lead them quietly to allow them find their own way? What if we could bring mentors and peers on board of “a learning ship” and every morning kids would choose to navigate through a 4color compass: blue as the theory or knowledge, red as the self-discovery, yellow as research and exchange of ideas, green as presenting and memorizing a concept.
What about a virtual game or a global simulation that would allow us to gather the 4 colors and bring interdisciplinary subjects mentors together by connecting through learners' personal context? Creating new colorful territories of learning that could be achieved locally and internationally…
Maria Montessori was the first one who believed in hands-on, engaged and challenging process experienced by kids themselves. We know today through Hattie’s meta-analysis that feedback is one of the most powerful tool in a learning environment today, Socratic questioning to engage in critical thinking, Edgar Morin and learning how to live for a more human education, Ken Robinson’s evidence and the learning needs to be creative ….
A DLC is a downloadable content...
What should we add into the learning game today?