March 9, 2013
WE KID YOU NOT...::
The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class (Marina Gorbis, 3/04/13, Co.Exist)
This probably sounds familiar: You are with a group of friends arguing about some piece of trivia or historical fact. Someone says, "Wait, let me look this up on Wikipedia," and proceeds to read the information out loud to the whole group, thus resolving the argument. Don't dismiss this as a trivial occasion. It represents a learning moment, or more precisely, a microlearning moment, and it foreshadows a much larger transformation--to what I call socialstructed learning.Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards. The microlearning moment may last a few minutes, hours, or days (if you are absorbed in reading something, tinkering with something, or listening to something from which you just can't walk away). Socialstructed learning may be the future, but the foundations of this kind of education lie far in the past. Leading philosophers of education--from Socrates to Plutarch, Rousseau to Dewey--talked about many of these ideals centuries ago. Today, we have a host of tools to make their vision reality.Think of a simple augmented reality app on your iPhone such as Yelp Monocle. When you point the phone's camera toward a particular location, it displays "points of interest" in that location, such as restaurants, stores, and museums. But this is just the beginning. What if, instead of restaurant and store information, we could access historical, artistic, demographic, environmental, architectural, and other kinds of information embedded in the real world?This is exactly what a project from USC and UCLA called HyperCities is doing: layering historical information on the actual city terrain.
..the Daughter Judd had an 8th grade test the other day that consisted of regurgitating the dates of events. Is it 1950? Has the teacher not heard of Google?
Time spent on such material in school is a complete waste.Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2013 9:11 PM