[squeak-dev] On authentic learning and Dynabook

Ron Teitelbaum ron at 3dicc.com
Sat Aug 18 15:20:03 UTC 2018

Hi Hilare,

Thanks for your recent posts. Please do keep them coming.  For me there is
a difference between documents that help you understand a concept and
documents that allow you to expand your knowledge past your original
question. Explain vs enlighten. Highlighting useful information on
authentic documents for directed learning would help guide the learner
without removing the potential benefit of a deeper dive.

Overall in today's world a motivated student with a real interest in a
topic will find real world documents. (Try to stop them) Will this help the
opposite situation? I don't know but I remember a teacher that gave
struggling students the questions and the answers to a test that was coming
up just to see if that world help and it didn't! Access to authentic
documents will help motivated students but so will teaching them to search
and to distinguish good results from bad.

I've been working with problem based learning.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem-based_learning. Watching students
placed in a real world situation working in groups that are needed if you
were actually responsible for solving the problem is really powerful.

Understanding the process you will encounter in the real world definitely
has benefits. You learn what skills are valuable to help you solve problems
but you also learn what skills you have that are valuable to others.

Also giving people the opportunity to share with others what they learn and
how it would apply to their personal situation gives everyone involved an
excellent view into the real world. I find that experience extremely
powerful and I frequently recommend adding time for it in classes to my

All the best,

Ron Teitelbaum

On Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 4:32 AM Hilaire <hilaire at drgeo.eu> wrote:

> Hi,
> Short notes on how authentic learning pedagogy and Dynabook could be
> related
> http://blog.drgeo.eu/post/2018/Authentic-learning
> Comments wellcome
> Hilaire
> --
> Dr. Geo
> http://drgeo.eu
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