[squeakland] Teaching in digital society vs industrial society

Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas offray.luna at javeriana.edu.co
Thu Apr 21 13:39:01 EDT 2011

Hi Angel, Carlos and Kathleen,

El 17/08/10 20:56, kharness at illinois.edu escribió:
> Angel,
> Thanks for introducing this topic. And also, thanks for the link to invisible learning.
> The question is how to use all those avenues of informal learning in a environment such as schools. Schools are structured but still can hold informal learning and kinds of learning that tests do not do a particularly good job of capturing. Perhaps there is still hope that schools can be and will be reformed. I strongly favor public education and think there are many benefits to society of value far beyond the content of textbooks. 
> School is just starting here and my reading has more to do with class lists and schedules but I look forward to more of this discussion.
> Regards,
> Kathleen 

One of the important theories I have found some years ago and that have
informed my educative practice is the theory of communities of practice
(Wenger et al). Salomon and others in Distributed Cognition, says that
Classroom could be a "simulation" of a community of practice. I have a
small presentation in the context of digital habitats to empower
communities of practice that connect classroom and outside. You can see
them (in Spanish) here:



One of the nice things about communities of practice as a social theory
of learning is that it helps to make visible the invisible and so it can
help to close the gap between institutions and the rest of the world.



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