To be presented as a blog
Classrooms today look a lot different from how they did a decade ago. The rise in technology has seen schools respond with initiatives such as 1:1 and BYOD (Lee, 2014), due to the increased use of digital tools. More importantly however, is the need to move classrooms beyond just adopting devices, to redesigning lessons and units to take advantage of web 2.0 tools (Conole, 2012; Beetham & Oliver, 2010). This change to a more collaborative classroom challenges educators to build creative (Jenkins, 2013), connected (Seely Brown, 2000) communities (Rheingold, 2014). It is important that formal learning environments attempt to replicate and build on those skills and literacies that students are developing in their own time (Ito, 2010). We need to engage our young people more deeply so they can be better prepared for the uncertain future. This need becomes more urgent everyday as new technologies continue to saturate children’s lives.
This essay explores the way the participatory web has the potential to reshape classrooms dramatically by:
- Providing clear understanding of collaborative learning
- Justifying the urgent need to move towards more connected classrooms
- Acknowledging challenges and offering solutions
- Presenting best practice examples
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Conole, G. (2012). Designing for learning in an open world (Vol. 4). Springer. Available as ebook from CSU library.
Image retrived 05/05/20014, from flickr creative commons
Ito, M. (2010). UNESCO and information literacy.
Lee, M (2014). http://malleehome.com/.
Jenkins, H. Ford, S. and Green, J. (2013). Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture. New York: New York University Press.
Seely Brown, J. (2000) Growing Up: Digital: How the Web Changes Work, Education, and the Ways People Learn, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 32:2, 11-20