Explaining how factor analysis was used to identify benefits of technology in academic success:A statistical technique used to reduce a large number of attributes into a smaller set of “factors” based on response patterns.A factor consists of a number of attributes that are rated in a similar way.Factor analysis is extremely useful when dealing with a very large number of attributes that would be cumbersome to analyze individually.The names of the factors are subjective and are intended to describe the common theme shared by all of the attributes within that factor.
Continuing with the factor analysis, there are relationships between selected technologies and certain benefits.
Overall, the average student spends at least some time engaging in about 21 different kinds of software applications and activities out of 40 they were asked about. Students use a variety of communication tools, but the most common ones have reached mass adoption.
Smartphones have a variety of academic uses, not just communication. More than one in three students (37%) have used an iPhone or another smartphone in one or more courses or academic activities in the past year. Forty-five percent of smartphone users have used these devices to look up information on the Internet in class.
Research has shown that functioning
in a community can enhance the learning that occurs.Optimal learning outcomes are directly tied to the establishment of social networks among participants engaged a collaborative learning enterprise.Such collaboration has been shown to be very important in the development of a learning community and in achieving the desired learning outcomes. Vesely, P., Bloom, L. & Sherlock, J. (2007). Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and Student Perceptions. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3, (3). Retrived from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/vesely.htm.
Unfortunately . . .Unfortunately, schools
with a strong sense of community are fairlyrare. In fact, most schools that survey students perceptions ofcommunity wind up with mediocre mean scores. Of further concernis the fact that low-income students and students of color usuallyreport a lower level of community in school than do affluent or whitestudents. Many schools appear to be ill-equipped to providecommunity for the students who may need it most. Schaps, Battistich, & Solomon, 1997 in Snaps’ Creating a School Community http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar03/vol60/num06/Creating-a-School-Community.aspx
commonality is the essence of
communityGetting to “know” each other. Finding out where people lived, whatthey did, their experiences, whether or not they had families and thelike was the “X” factor. Participants generally agreed that this shouldhave been a first step in community-building, but usually it was notpart of the formal coursework. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classes
Responsible not only for one’s
own learning but for other learners, too.Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classes
2011 Horizon ReportFor most people
in the developed world, a mobile is alwaysclose at hand and available with speedy Internet accesswhenever it is needed. Mobiles are easy to use for webbrowsing; much of the available content seamlessly adjusts foroptimal display on whichever device is used to access it. http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2011/sections/mobiles/
Future Workforce Skills Skills being
honed on social networks today will be critical tomorrow, as work will be dominated by fast- moving, geographically diverse, free- agent teams of workers connected via socially mediating technologies. — Fred Stutzman, creator of the software Freedom and Anti-Social Elon studies the future of "Generation Always-On” http://www.elon.edu/e- net/Note.aspx?id=958393&board_ids=5%2C58&max=50
Future Workforce Skills Social intelligence
is the ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions. This has always been a key skill for workers who need to collaborate and build relationships of trust, but it is even more important as we are called on to collaborate with larger groups of people in different settings. Davies, Fidler, & Gorbis. (2011). http://www.iftf.org/futureworkskills2020
Future Workforce SkillsVirtual collaboration is
the ability to work productively, drive engagement, anddemonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team. Online streams created bymicro blogging and social networking sites can serve as virtual watercoolers, providing a sense of camaraderie and enabling employees todemonstrate presence. Davies, Fidler, & Gorbis. (2011). http://www.iftf.org/futureworkskills2020
Social Collaboration and Mobile LearningSocial
collaboration is the key to mobile learning. Sociallearning and collaboration are important to successful learningbecause the interaction engages and motivates learners. http://www.trivantis.com/mlearncon2011-evolution-mobile-learning
Mobile Education Landscape ReportFor the
Education sector, mobile connectivity provides anopportunity to offer new ways of teaching and learning thatultimately will improve performance and results whilst at the sametime open up new markets for mobile operators across the world.Mobile will increase access to up-to-date materials, will enablecollaboration and strengthen learner engagement. http://www.ambientinsight.com/News/Ambient-Insight-highlighted-in-GSMA-reports.aspx
What a great way to
learn communication techniques! Thank you Jackie for allyour creative ways to make this class fun and exciting as well as informational.
Texting Interviews Look for someone
sitting near you or one of your SL friends. IM them to say hi. Think of a question to ask him/her that would help you get to know him/her better, discover something new. You are going to text your interview response to Cel.ly. Put in first name of your interviewee and a summary of what you found out. http://community-building.weebly.com/interviews.html
What are your values? Chose
your most important 3 values from http://www.stevepavlina.com/articles/list-of-values.htm Find objects in your environment that symbolize these values. Take pictures of the objects using your mobile devices and email the photos directly to a Flickr page set up for this purpose. Write your value in the subject line and a short description in the message. firstname.lastname@example.org