Educational Artifact: Convergence Culture

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Educational Artifact: Convergence Culture

  1. 1. Convergence Culture { Turning a Mathematics classroom into a knowledge community through the use of New Digital Media
  2. 2. What is a Knowledge Community? Groups of people with shared interests using online forums or blogs to share, gain or enhance knowledge about a specific topic. Knowledge communities have a greater collective intelligence than indviduals.
  3. 3. Benefits of knowledge communities Teaches students  About New Digital Media  Internet safety  Communication strategies  Interpersonal skills
  4. 4. Benefits of knowledge communities Encourages  Enhanced reading and writing skills  Collaboration between students and teachers  Conceptual understanding of mathematic topics through discussion  Students with different levels of knowledge to participate  Student engagement through technology
  5. 5. Specific Benefits formathematics classrooms For students to gain a deeper understanding of mathematics they should do the following:  Discuss problem solving methods  Discuss results of problem solving  Justify steps and procedures  Use mathematical terminology  Discuss multiple representations of problems
  6. 6. Implementation Knowledge communities can be used both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom:  Students can be grouped to solve problems and discuss their solutions with classmates.  If internet access is available students can complete web quests and answer teacher created questions on classroom blogs.  Students can use graphing technology such as GeoGebra (GeoGebra.org) to create multiple representations.
  7. 7. Implementation Out of the classroom:  From personal computer students can access teacher made blogs, wiki’s, or web quests to answer discussion questions.  Before, during and after solving homework problems students can discuss their thoughts and procedures with other students.  Teachers can monitor student interactions and give feedback on discussions.  Students can create, edit and share their own Wiki sites covering mathematical topics.  Students can participate in larger forums to gain more knowledge to add to their classrooms knowledge community
  8. 8. Teacher Resources The following websites can help teachers to implement knowledge communities into their classrooms:  Wiki’s: wikispaces.com  Moodle: Moodle.org  Blogs: blogger.com  Web Quests: Zunal.com  GeoGebra: GeoGebra.org

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