Thursday, July 28, 2011
Engaging Learners with New Strategies and Tools
Many of the tools that we use now within our technological world can be brought into the educational environment. For example, social networking is now more visible than ever. Instead of using these medias for personal use, they can instead be used within learning environments.
Blogs, wikis, LinkedIn and ConceptShare are all useful for collaboration because they allow the learners to work on an individual basis and also provide the opportunity for others to collaborate. Communication is vital, particularly in online learning environments. Skype, Twitter, discussion boards, conference calls and email each provide a gateway for communicating with a range of individuals. Medias such as Moodle, Blackboard, Captivate, WebCT and the Internet provide ample opportunities to get the necessary content that is needed within a learning environment.
Each of these tools are important, student friendly, and many of them are being used regularly within our everday lives. Having these qualities provides a smoother course for implementing them into the educational process.