“The current system is broken. A remnant of the industrial era, it measures every student in the same standardized way, it tries to mold everyone into the same ‘well-rounded-shape.’ In a world of increasing personalization and instant, contextual information the educational system is adapting as fast as a turtle. It is not engaging, it does not condone sharing, and it dictates what and how to to learn. No! We can learn faster by standing on the shoulders of the smart crowds, finding and collaborating on the specific topics we care about, and dividing the costs of world-class education amongst thousands.
WikiBrains & The World’s Largest Brainstorm
But educators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and investors are finally awakening to this reality. The field of EdTech is abuzz, one can almost hear the revolution drums, and it’s elating. But like any revolution, there are challenges ahead, and these must be faced and overcome. One such challenge is context: How can students and educators string the best content and learning objects from the web to gain a real education in American History, Math or Programming? After all, “God did not dictate from heaven that literature and history are two different fields, but somebody decided they were. Online education gives us a clean slate so we can teach calculus in the context of chemistry, music in the context of history, and so on.”* This realization led to the creation of WikiBrains, a space for students to explore, collect, and collaborate on content that educates and inspires. WikiBrains uses smart data structure to provide a growing database of semantically linked information and knowledge; we want to ‘engineer serendipity.’ We invite you to join our growing community and participate in the world’s largest brainstorm.”
Looks interesting, might wait to see how it evolves before trying.