Rethinking Education Under the Media Organizations Model


My wife recently found a new job teaching 6th grade at Perry Meridian 6th grade academy. The school is loaded with tech, and in January, all of her students are getting tablets. Of course, much of her time has been spent thinking of ways to actually use them. Rather than thinking about how to incorporate technology into the way we currently educate, the more productive question might be how can we rethink the way we educate based on media?

Our current education paradigm still subscribes to the mass media producer/consumer dynamic. Content is broadcast to students via the teacher’s lecture or presentation, and through exposure to the information, they learn. However, it may be worth considering education through the lens of media organizations. If we assume that students behave like current audiences (in the sense that they don’t behave like audiences at all), then why do we expect them to sit there and act like an audience?

Under a media organizations model, teachers would act more like media managers than lecturers or presenters, presiding over the creation of content, making sure students stay within boundaries,  meet deadlines, and perform up to standards.The responsibility of learning falls on the shoulder of its students, and by actively creating and playing with material, students are more likely to, you know, actually learn something.

-Mike Lang




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