Education Overhaul: Virginia Heffernan On Digital Media In Schools [VIDEO]
One student that she mentions chose to spend the summer making movies on his computer, rather than doing his assigned reading. Despite the project being "fascinating," Heffernan says, the student was "labeled not an enterprising, fascinating filmmaker of the future with a lot of tech skills, but [was] labeled a screw up with ADD."
The student was chastised for not doing his reading, but not praised for his work with emerging new technologies. "Something is wrong with that," she says. This study addresses a major issue in the education system—a focus on outdated material because it's seen as "classically important" rather than an emphasis on new and exciting material related to the digital and technological sphere.
As an expert on new media and the Web, Heffernan especially has an issue with the outdated nature of modern education. As the author of the forthcoming Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the Internet, Heffernan is dedicated to exploring the potential that the web and new media have for all aspects of society. In many of her talks, she explains to business leaders the importance of incorporating new technologies into their business strategies. If adapting to—and embracing—new media is important in the corporate world, then, Heffernan says, it should be important in education as well.