How has the education system taken the fun out of learning, and how can we put fun back into it? Students have become media savvy, growing up with cell phones, texting, internet and social media, so it's no wonder that picking up a dry text-book is tortuous to them. Education needs to keep up with the times, make learning incorporate the latest media-technology, free learning from the traditional classroom and make it relevant to modern life. Learning is fun, and any kind of education that forgets this fact is doomed in our modern world.
The fastest-growing book format in recent years has been the graphic novel, as kids have become such visual learners. This format, including comic books is yet to fully embrace how powerful it would be to integrate learning. It is amazing to think that Sesame Street was one of the first television programs to capitalize on the idea that television could be educational for children. The notion of integrating e-books with comic/graphic novels will be just as revolutionary over time.
Since information is changing so quickly and e-books can be updated easily and delivered without shipping or using paper, this format is poised to be able to keep up with our rapidly changing times. To take it one step further, comic books can be easily translated into video that can be embedded into e-books along with music. Imagine a rap song that taught multiplication tables embedded in a comic book along with a video coordinated of flash-cards? Or how about a form at the end of each comic book chapter where the student could fill out and have it e-mailed to the teacher?
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's take a look at a wonderful artist who is taking steps to educate youth about native culture through comics. Ryan Huna Smith, recently agreed to a collaboration with Culture Collective & Living Folklore to bring Fry-Bread Man to a whole new audience. Watch the video below, learn about the history of delicious fry bread and see how we are integrating art, education and technology!