A very interesting blog, recently posted by Tom Vander Ark, asserts that we have reached the “Turning Point for Personal Digital Learning” and that now “anyone can learn anything anywhere”. And anytime. He notes “it just doesn’t make sense to buy a backpack full of books for kids anymore”. You can find the blog here; it’s well worth a read.
Tom sees 5 streams of technology-based learning coming together in 2012:
- Digital learning – such as Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative
- Online learning – growing by nearly 50% per year
- Mobile learning – fueled by the explosion of tablets and education apps
- Social learning – the rise of dynamic learning groups
- Informal learning – ranging from peer-to-peer and learning games, to test prep and job training
Curriki is playing an important role in supporting each of these modalities of digital, online, mobile, social and informal learning, through the rapidly growing collection of open curricular resources at curriki.org and our support of collaboration, with hundreds of community groups available at the Curriki site.
(Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and founder of GettingSmart.com.)