Whenever I teach, I see my job as creating learning moments for the students. That’s why when someone asks a question, I relish the opportunity to explore the answer with the class. It is a learning moment. In fact, I often tell the class, “Thanks for the learning moment. It means that my time and yours is not being wasted.” When curiosity sparks a question, it does indeed mean that the mind is engaged and ready to discover something new.
In her article, Marina Gorbis talks about the ‘learning moment.’ She describes a different kind of learning moment, yet it begins with a question, too. As she describes it, you’re in a group, the question comes up, and there is a argument about the answer. Today, you don’t have to stop with that. Instead you pull out your smart phone and check Wikipedia. Together you explore the answer provided there. It’s a learning moment. She calls this ‘socialstructed’ learning. What a great word. It’s in the moment, stimulated by curiosity (the great instigator of learning), fed by a vast source of information, and integrated into our thinking through conversation. Talk about a learning moment!
The article continues with exploring other new ways in which learning can be augmented by technology – especially when we begin to see new ways to use the technology instead of as a substitution to the ‘lecture.’
This is a stimulating read but it doesn’t go far enough. I came away with many questions such as how do you attract people to recognize this learning opportunity and to embrace it for a richer life? Wait a minute. I think that is her question, too! Check it out here