Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Mitch Weisburgh provides a useful English summary of the recently released - in Spanish - book Invisible Learning. The focus of the book is a necessary examination of the learning that takes place outside schools, the 'invisible learning'. "Whatever they are doing, they are learning, but what and how they are learning is invisible to the formal education system. There is thus a whole new environment of learning outside of formal education, including through social networks, games, and searching, with students playing, discussing, finding, and sharing information. The question is not, 'Are they learning on the Internet?' It’s 'what are they learning?'"

files/images/4045460273_dd693fb47d_m.jpg, size: 50331 bytes, type:  image/jpeg As Weisburgh explains, The book explores the roots of what makes learning invisible:
- schools are not adapting the technologies that students are using
- students are doing much more advanced tasks in non-school environments
- the skills and capacities acquired different
- these skills are not being explicitly taught
- many of the competencies learned are not tested
- lack of attention by those in the educational system
These are all great points. It may be students know less math today than in the 1970s, but I have to wonder how much programming (say), web design and videography the 1970s students knew.

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