In the beginning learning was natural, meaningful and efficient, because it dealt with immediate necessities for survival. Later in human history when education became institutionalized the meaning was sometimes obscured by the separation in space and time from the purpose of the teaching.
Today it is well known that learning is highly
"contextual" i.e. dependant on the situation in which the
learning occurs. Not only do authentic tasks prepare the learner for
real world situations, they also enhance motivation which, in turn, may
improve learning itself.
The Internet has become an enormous, ever
growing resource for mankind to share ideas and opinions. There is
already a lot of information out there, why not collect and compile it
to a useful resource for meaningful learning?
The purpose of the project is to collect
material from various sources to show authentic application of
mathematics and science to real world problems. Companies and
organisations will be invited to contribute with up-to-date descriptions
of their need for specific aspects of the curriculum.
The focus will be on introductory mathematics in Swedish schools but the idea may be extended to other fields in future projects. The project "@" will be developed independently from -- but in parallel with -- HyperElementa, a web-based course material in mathematics for the 10th grade in Swedish schools.