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Collaboration and Choice

- April 20, 2010 - 0 Comments

Technology chartThrough effective use of  technology every student can access learning and demonstrate their  understanding in any way they choose. Text is no longer king; video,  audio, animations, interactive models, diagrams and images all have an  equal place in learning and learners select the medium that best help  them learn and suits their culture and preferred learning styles.  Key to learning, through whatever the medium is collaboration.  Through conversations students make sense of what they have  read, watched or listened to. Conversations take place with peers;  between learners and teachers; and between learners and more  knowledgeable others; and they take place in groups. Again technology is  the key to enabling those conversations to go wider and deeper by  allowing learners to interact with groups anywhere in the world through  the use of social networking and other collaboration tools. Learners can  find people to engage with who have similar interests or opposing  views; with greater expertise or a new interpretation; through different  geographical or cultural lenses. It is through these discussions that  information is turned into knowledge and that knowledge is assimilated  with existing knowledge to result in robust learning that can be applied  in future situations.

The  diagram above sums this up.

 

 

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