By Connor Garrett:
In my last post “Are We Getting Dumber?” I told you that I’d discuss how technology is changing the way we communicate and explain how “social studying” will revolutionize learning.
Ironically technology, the biggest culprit behind our face-to-face anti-socialization is the driving force behind collaboration in the modern age.
Social media is a prime example of how we’ve gradually gotten used to instant feedback on every thought or question through technology.
The world is one big think-tank.
Students have naturally pushed education to being collaborative, matching the think-tank mentality of social media.
However, the educational system has traditionally been reluctant to accept this.
Old school thinking perceives collaboration as cheating or intellectual co-dependency, instead of viewing it as a means to the best possible solutions.
- passive learning
- fragmented curriculum
- printed assessments
- facts & memorization
- active learning
- integrated curriculum
- multiple forms of assessment
- higher order thinking
The next stage in the new school collaborative learning trend is an up-and-coming phrase known as “social thinking.”
Social studying was coined to describe a stealth startup – the mobile app Studyhubb, which is expected to run beta testing and have their official launch in fall.
Studyhubb joins a long list of apps using “swiping” – a passive search feature popularized by the enormously successful online dating app Tinder.
Studyhubb, however, uses the same look and feel as Tinder, but applies it to help college students “find study buddies,” create study groups, and get instant feedback and assistance with assignments.
The brilliance of the social studying concept is that it reinforces studying with social incentives, while giving students the perfect excuse to reach out to their peers.
Studyhubb is on the cutting-edge as the first app designed specifically to facilitate social studying, but collaborative learning apps and platforms will continue to grow in popularity.