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Oct 31 2011

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Learning through Social Networking

One of the newer trends that I have come across is learning through social networking. Although this trend may have been in existence for some time, I did not realize how popular this trend was until recently. Educators now have a variety of optional available that allow students to learn within an environment in which students can interact with each other.

Twiducate is one of these new social networking learning methods. It is free for teachers to sign up for twiducate. In addition it allows the teacher to create a network for students and that teacher which is highly secure (Twiducate, 2011).

Image source: http://www.twiducate.com

A video overview of Twiducate can be found at the following link: Twiducate

 

Another Social newtworking tool that is being used by educators is Edmodo. This social networking learning application is similar to facebook. Teachers are able to post homework on the classroom wall for students (Geron, 2011). Students are also able to add status updates to their Edmodo class wall. As with Twiducate, the teacher has a high degree of control of the classroom.

Image Source: http://www.edmodo.com

 

A video overview of Edmodo can be found at the following link: Edmodo

Could you see yourself using either of these social networking tools as an educator? I could see myself using this tool in primary school education.

 

Geron, T. (2011). Edmodo Wants to Make Social Networking A Learning Experience. Forbes.com. Retrieved October 30, 2011 from http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2011/08/24/edmodo-wants-to-make-social-networking-a-learning-experience/

Twiducate (2011). Twiducate. Retrieved October 30, 2011 from http://www.twiducate.com/

Youtube (2011).Edmodo.Retrieved October 30, 2011 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8EFlpuKk4A

Youtube (2011).Twiducate.Retrieved October 30, 2011 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNwuQXKaQO8

 

 

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Oct 16 2011

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Skype: Learning Technology

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Skype is an tool which allows two people or more to communicate while in different locations. This is an excellent collaborative tool since it allows you to communicate directionly from your computer. Skype is free to use when making calls to another Skype users account. I have been using Skype for 4 years. I use it to communicate with friends and also to communicate with classmates. When on vacation, I even use Skype to make phone calls back to home. I have found Skype to be easy to use. I also use Skype to meet with classmates to complete group collaborative work. I have found this to be very helpful to the learning process. Communicating with Skype is a synchronous communication method. Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, and Zvacek (2011) explain that synchonous education is education that occurs at same time but at a different place. Collaborative learning through Skype definitely fits this description. I also came across another example of Sypke being used as a technology for learning. Using Skype, a learning specialist in Florida launched an “Around the World With 80 Schools” project to introduce her school’s students to peers internationally (Davis, 2010). Within this project students prepare
questions in advance and chat with students in different countries and continents. I think that this is an excellent way to use Skype as a technology tool for learning.

 

Have you used Skype as a learning tool?

 

Davis, M. (2010, June 14). Social networking goes to school. Retrieved October 15, 2011 from http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/06/16/03networking.h03.html

 

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2011). Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (5th Ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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Oct 01 2011

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Blogging: Learning Technology

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I have always wanted to blog. This course has given me the opportunity to make that desire a reality. There are so many benefits to blogging. One of the benefits of blogging is that it allows you build a community that share, contribute and learn together. Blogging allows you to write about anything that you want to share. This form of asynchronous communication can be used as a learning tool.

Blogs can be a way for teachers to share their thoughts with their students. It can allow students to contribute while in a different time and different place. Blogs allow interaction and exchange between students; and it allows students to build upon each others responses. The Merriam Webster dictionary describes learning as “the act or experience of one that learns ” and “knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study”. Based on this, it is easy to see how the act of blogging could produce learning and instill new skills. The skills could be through formal instruction within the blog, or though learning though interaction and conversations. I believe that blogging is an exciting learning technology with great flexibility and scalability. I had not considered blogging a learning technology prior to starting this class however upon reflection, it is now easy to see that blogging is indeed a tool for learning.

 Bartlett-Bragg (2003) explains that the structure that has evolved from the introduction of blogging can be most effectively represented as a five-stage process below.

 Source: Blogging to Learn, pg 9

Source: Blogging to Learn, pg 9

 

What are your thoughts on using blogging as a technology tool for learning?

 

 

Bartlett-Bragg, A., (2003). Blogging to Learn. Knowledge Tree e-journal,  Retrieved October 1, 2011 from http://knowledgetree.flexiblelearning.net.au/edition04/pdf/Blogging_to_Learn.pdf

 

learning.(2011). In Merriam-Webster.com.Retrieved October 1, 2011, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning

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