Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Nice Classroom Poster Featuring The 21st Century Mobile Social Learning

I just came across this awesome poster in a tweet by iPadWells and wanted you to have a look as well and probably use it in your class. The content of this poster is more food for thought than a descriptive account of the concept of the 21st century mobile social learning, or at least that is how I see it. Below is a brief analysis of what I believe are s the three main digital practices or themes highlighted in this poster:

1- Flipped Learning
In flipped learning model, teachers create video content and animated illustrations and share them with students through some video hosting platforms like for instance YouTube, Vimeo, class blog or wiki..etc. Flipped learning allows students to learn at their own pace and also supports individualized learning. Check this page for more on Flipped learning.

2- Team work
Collaborative group work is an important ingredient of learning and in fact the social aspect of learning comes from it being collaboratively negotiated, constructed, and communicated. With the advance of web technologies or what Tim Oreilly called the social web, students can now engage and enrich their learning experiences with a wider audience that used to be available before. Platforms like blogs, forums, wikis , to mention but a few, are conductive to this kind of collaborative social learning. And with the widespread of smart phones and mobile gadgets, students can access these social learning platforms using a wide variety of apps, anytime, anywhere they want.

3- Search Literacy
Teachers are no longer the single authoritative source of knowledge, all the information now is at the finger tips of students and is only a click away from them. However, this abundance of information creates what Rheingold called information crap ( read his book " Net Smart: How to Thrive Online " for more on this topic ). To be able to sift through the online tsunami of content students need to develop effective search skills and also learn how to evaluate, assess and decipher the crap from the cream.

So what do you think ? does this analysis hit the point or is the content of the poster different from what I thought it is ? share with us in the comment form below.

The poster is taken from iPad4schools






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