In this weeks resources, it is shared that technology can play a unique and vital role in cooperative learning by simply facilitating group collaboration, providing structure for group tasks, and allowing members of a group to communicate even if they are not working face to face (Pitler, Hubbell & Kuhn, 2012).
The social networking and collaboration tools I explored all fell under the necessary guidelines to be utilized and useful in any classroom from kindergarten to higher education. This class is an easy example of how easy and important it is to be able to chat, give feedback, share ideas and content, and submit assignments and receive grades in a timely manner.
The Using Technology text included several tools to fully implement this social networking into any classroom. Some I found intriguing included the Webquests, Web-Enabled Multiplayer Simulation Games, Shared Bookmarking, and several examples Walden uses; Course Management.
Dr. Orey discussed how conversations, whether in person or through chat/blogs, really concretize concepts and solidify the importance of true collaboration. Working in groups also can help incentivize each group member’s buy in for the final project. Jigsaw strategy was one example Dr. Orey discussed and how easy it is to incorporate into any concept area (Laureate Education, n.d.).
Siemens discussed the concept of connectivism and how the knowledge resides in the pattern of how different concepts are networked (Laureate Education, n.d.). I really like how he thought of learning as the act of forming networks and navigating networks of knowledge and the complex environments that are systems based. This really game me something to think about when planning out future lessons.
My Voice Thread:
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E. R., & Kuhn, M. (2012). Using technology with classroom instruction that works (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Social learning theories [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Connectivism as a learning theory [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu