Saturday, June 5, 2010
Connectivism and Social Learning in Practice
Technology makes it possible for students to learn from and with one another in a variety of different ways. Topics can be researched and data gathered online. Graphs, charts and tables can be constructed with the click of a mouse and used as tools for analyzing and displaying information. Findings and conclusions can be posted and shared on blogs and wikis. Power point presentations and webcasts can be created. The possibilities are limited only by the availability of the technology and their imaginations. Probably the biggest thing technology-based social learning has going for it is that students don't consider it "work". It's enjoyable. They are actively constructing something while getting to interact with their friends and then they get to show off their work and share it with not just their classmates but with students around the world.