TLRP-TEL 2008 Report Education 2.0? Designing the Web for Teaching and Learning
Crook mentions ‘virtualisation of exchange practices’. I may say that what is done in the real world is nowadays imitated in the virtual world. This is possible because web 2.0 innovations allow interaction, collaboration and sharing.
Whilst reading Carr’s ‘Learning and virtual worlds’ she argues about how virtual worlds like Second life is used ‘to counter the fears around Web 2.0’.
In fact SL simulates reality, creates an environment in which the user can learn through activities like role play or through collaboration with other users. 3 activities in which SL is used for learning, are highlighted by Carr; i. Sloodle, ii Ethnographic research and iii. Teaching research methods.
Due to my work background I am all the time questioning if such tools can be used in a secondary setting. Students are immature when compared to HE students and thus it seems that they would need much more guidance and control on tool choice and usage. Hopefully I’ll manage to clarify these taughts with some further readings.
Social Networking is primary used for informal use. Users tend to use it for entertainemnt ie chat, gaming, as a group or personal repository, follow interests. As a learner in the real world learn in informal settings, this is also mapped on the web, where interaction and collaboration through social networking leads to informal learning.
Learning cannot happen just through informal activities. The individual needs to gain different types of skills. Talking about deschooling is dangerous as, if the student is left to choose his own learning styles and strategies this might lead to learners which have gaps in their education. This might be more truthful in immature students (primary and secondary). More mature students will already have certain skills and strategic thinking which are imperative for an independend learner. An example of this might be a learner which focuses all his efforts on learning about programming but then becoming alienated from the real world and thus lacking social skills. In becoming the best possible programmer does not mean that he’ll be able to do well in a work interview!
I’m happy to read the follwing statement in the final part of this activity ‘Schooling is likely to remain the dominant form of learning in society.’ …at least I’m not in danger of loosing my teaching job 🙂