I swear my high-school-aged daughter seems to spend her entire life doing one or the other, so it makes a lot of sense to combine the two.
Seriously, the StudyHelp application for Facebook has the right idea when it comes to opening up learning opportunities for kids where they live. Students no longer relate to a world of neat rows of desks aimed at a teacher lecturing in the front of the room from 8:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
They live lives of collaboration, creation and finding their own answers through a staggering number of resources.
StudyHelp, which allows students to connect with other students anywhere in the world at any time of day, not only reflects the world students live in now; it reflects the world they will work in once they are finished with their formal education.
It’s too early to evaluate the platform itself. Like any social network-related effort it needs time to grow into a content rich marketplace of theories, ideas, suggestions and questions. But given Palo Alto-based CK-12’s track record, it’s likely to be a winner.
I wrote earlier this year about the nonprofit, co-founded by Neeru Khosla, an education crusader who is married to Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. You can find my January Mercury News column here.
At the very least, StudyHelp points the way to a 21st century model of learning and studying that is increasingly finding traction.