Learn or remember?

Do you remember what you once learned at school, yesterday, a month ago, a year ago, 10 years ago? Experts from Domoscio, the French edtech startup that participates in the Open Education Challenge, have an answer: NO! They argue – based on scientific evidences – that we forget 80% of what we learn and propose a new learning tool to revise and memorize using an algorithm that adapt our learning path to our needs and abilities.

Forget or remember? www.domoscio.com

Forget or remember? www.domoscio.com

Why do we forget? One hypothesis is that what we learn is boring.

For David Miller from Kuato Studios that visited the Open Education Challenge (OEC) during its stay in London last week, learning should be about fun and game; one of their game, Recall, is a social trivia game that presents us with fun facts.… then quizzes our recall in a race against the clock!  Wayne Holmes, a former teacher and co-founder of Zondle is also concerned by how bored the learners are. Its aim is to help motivate children to remember key facts in the time needed. How?  Again, creating, playing and sharing games.

But is learning just about how fast or how well we can remember? Aren’t there other ways to learn better?

One way will be learning in teams. This is exactly what Atta, an OEC startup, proposes with its new app. Learning is a challenge that requires teamwork and students and teachers must be guided to work better in team.

Another way will be learning in an individualized way. This is what learning analytics are about, helping teachers to build individualized learning paths with precise data based on students’ learning experiences. Klassdata, another OEC startup, proposes such a tool with personalized dashboards to better follow and support learners.

Learning in teams or learning alone? Students may very well learn at home alone and remember in the classroom by engaging in a dialogue with the teacher. The classrooms will be flipped  - by the way don’t miss the app designed specifically for flipped learning by Harness – and new creative learning experiences will take place.

Learning in class or learning at home? Again the answer will be both. Even the bathroom can be another classroom if we follow the Polish startup founders of FunBrush.

What will we do with all these ideas and innovations? More than 125.000 education apps are available. Some help to learn better, faster, longer than others. This is the case of two OEC startups’ apps: Think with Things, that promotes the power of ‘everyday objects’ for thinking or GroupMooc that helps to organize on-line learning experiences in a cooperative way. We just have to choose the best and the problem often starts there! The Educational App Store can help us identifying the very best apps and certifying them so that we don’t have to remember which app is the best…

A last thought; what if we didn’t need to remember to learn? My friend Yaacov Hecht used to tell the story of this young child that once entered his democratic school in Israel and was only interested in windsurfing. With no learning analytics and no apps, Yaacov designed a personalized learning path that enabled him to learn about wind, streams and practice a lot of windsurf. He ended up with a gold medal in the Olympics… He still remembers it.

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