What Learnist’s Growth Means For The Future Of Education
What Learnist’s Growth Means For The Future Of Education: Learnist, everyone’s favorite learning curation tool, has received $20,000,000 in funding from, among other investors, Discovery Communications. That’s a lot of coin, and a heavy investor. Its users have increased by 400%, and user-engagement is up 100%. Data can lie, but by any measure that’s progress.
Of course, all of this suggests that curation—choosing what to save, where to store it, how to update it, and when to recall it—is more than a response to information overload, but a 21st century skill all of its own. Learnist isn’t a strict curation tool, but it is a tool used in a kind of curation process.
For education this means not new standards that tell teachers what to teach, but to untether students—in classrooms and on mobile devices—to be able to respond to a persistent and brutal influx of constantly changing data.
Learnist encourages updates to information not simply to honor the fluid nature of the internet, but the constantly changing diversity of media resources available on a given topic. This changes how a topic is perceived, and so in pursuit of credibility learning boards must be updated, added to, revised, and cared for as a kind of digital ecology that reflects not only the latest on a given concept, but the latest from a user him or herself. In this way, a learning board becomes a kind of digital signature for a user.
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That’s a matter of personal brand as much as anything else. For education, this shift could be the most difficult for institutional models of education. Public schools and higher education are simply not built to honor the individual learner. Even the most well-intentioned efforts and whole child initiatives fall short of what’s possible. The takeaway here then might just be not a revised curriculum and schools, but alternative models of learning that are designed with very different expectations from the very beginning.