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Final Chapter6

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

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