[squeak-dev] On authentic learning and Dynabook

Hilaire hilaire at drgeo.eu
Sun Aug 19 08:00:18 UTC 2018

Hi Ron,

Thanks for your insight. Commenting bellow.

Le 18/08/2018 à 17:20, Ron Teitelbaum a écrit :
> 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.

Regarding complexity of authentic document, you make me think of a
Dynabook scaffolding tools to both reduce the complexity and to
increasingly augment/reduce it to its original state.

For an audio document, once teacher scaffolds part of it, learner could
play with a ruler to put back its original complexity.

For a technical document, you can imagine the same. Same with a
geographic map, etc.

The more I teach the more I see teaching as an art. There are not one
RIGHT way of teaching, but more different approach, methodology you will
use depending on your student or personal inclination.
A successful Dynabook could be to follow these diverse teaching approaches.

> 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 clients.

Dr. Geo

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