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Final Chapter6


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  • 1. Chapter 6 Community Building with technology
  • 2. Communication
    • The internet allows communication to expand beyond geographical boundaries.
    • Communication tools enable relationships to be developed and maintained.
    • Tools include Social Software such as: wikis, blogs, podcasting, and social networking spaces such as facebook and myspace.
  • 3. The Purpose of these tools is:
    • to bring people together and support online communication which builds communities,
    • to share knowledge which leads to innovation and growth,
    • and to build communities through intentional learning.
  • 4. Knowledge Building
    • Learners build a collection of ideas, t hen develop a hypothesis. Next they will validate, amend or reject the hypothesis by examining the evidence.
    • This process combines writing and discussion.
    • This method allows the students to “own the knowledge” resulting in them being more engaged in the learning process.
    • http://www. knowledgeforum .com/
  • 5. Constructing Knowledge with Wikis
    • Similar to Knowledge Forum, this environment allows students to participate in a knowledge-building community.
    • This type of web site allows users to edit the information.
    • The editing feature has the potential of causing the information not to be accurate.
    • This however is a danger in all web pages.
    • www. wikiindex .com
  • 6. Blogs
    • A blog was originally intended to be used as a journal for people to post their thoughts.
    • Blogs have evolved into very interactive spaces.
    • Blog interfaces create group culture and are chronologically ordered from the most recent post, making them easy to follow.
  • 7. Educational Uses of Blogs
    • Expert Created Blogs- Created by someone other than the student (ie. teachers, field experts)
    • Examples of blogs created by teachers
  • 8. Student Created Blogs
    • Students define the purpose to create a blog of their own.
    • The link below shows teacher and student created blogs.
  • 9. Why blog and What to Consider
    • To be able to connect and communicate with others that have the same interests.
    • To build background knowledge through virtual trips.
    • Clearly defined objectives are important to keep blogs educational in focus.
    • Students should not use their names.
    • Entry may be reviewed by the teacher prior to a post.
  • 10. Building International Communities
    • These groups allow for diverse students in different geographic areas to make connections with each other.
    • Global groups are developed on cultural differences as a way to broaden students’ perspectives.
    • International communities are motivating to students.
  • 11. iEARN Learning Circles
    • Learning circles use constructive learning in small diverse groups.
    • The goal is to develop a deeper understanding through the construction of a final product.
    • Learning circles connect teachers and students from around the world.
    • This creates a high level of team work and collaboration between schools.
    • http://www. iearn .org/circles/
  • 12. Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN)
    • The GSN community was set up to support students as they communicate, collaborate, and learn from one another.
    • GSN provides teachers with a location where collaborative project ideas are shared.
    • Over 1 million students in 100 countries participate in GSN projects.
  • 13. GSN contd….. http://www. globalschoolnet .org/index. cfm
  • 14. Kid Link
    • This is a project intended to interconnect secondary children in a global dialogue.
    • Kid link is available in 30 different languages and is use by students in 170 countries.
    • Students actively participate in collaborative projects where they insert approved comments and annotations.
  • 15. Kid link contd… http://www. kidlink .org/ kidspace /index. php
  • 16. Participation in International Communities
    • Participation promotes international connections among young people that leads to more tolerant worldview from those involved.
    • Teachers as well as students benefit from the international collaboration.
  • 17. Professional Teacher Communities
    • These communities end teacher isolation and create networks to give teachers a place to exchange ideas and information with other professionals.
    • The more teachers use technology themselves the more they will expose their students to experiences.
  • 18. Discussing Interests
    • People are social creatures who desire conversation with others.
    • Electronic bulletin boards provide a place for people with common interests to communicate.
    • Be warned, sometimes the conversations are not monitored and etiquette is not required.
  • 19. Conclusion
    • Learning communities grow out of the common interests of students collaborating and supporting each other towards a learning goal.
    • Web 2.0 technology allows for students to collaborate on an international level like never before.
  • 20. to think about…
    • What are some ways that you could use the technology in this chapter to support your curriculum and student learners?
    • Post your thought on the blog below under Chapter 6 thoughts.