Social literacies in action – 1st try

Delicious, Diigo, Flickr; What kinds of dialogue do these three tools facilitate? Can they support learning conversations?

Delicious – Storing and sharing favourite urls

Diigo – Caching or archiving web content – can file urls, categorise them, comment –> research, share and collaborate…

Flickr – Managing content – can share photos, send to blogs, comment or tag

  1. What skills or eliteracies might be required to use these services effectively?
  2. To what extent are the services able, or not able, to support and sustain meaningful exchanges or learning conversations?
  3. What educational issues are raised by these social tools; e.g. issues of trust, authenticity, self-disclosure or informal learning?
  1. Quiet obvious that such online tools need basic ICT skills which hopefully most learners in my classroom have. Such tools have in common the fact that if individuals work collaborativley the resultant output will be much richer. For example, Flickr allows the sharing of own photos with others, thus being able to get comments, including criticism or praise,  from others on own work.  Through Diigo the learner is capable of building a PLE (Personal Learning environment) which is mobile and may be opened up for other learners to share or use  collaborativily.
  2. / 3. Such collaborative tools require that all participants actually use the tool, therefore students need to be purposed (eg through assessment) in order to make them use such tools.  Mobility of usage may provide a gateway for students to use non authentic material. If work being done through any of these tools is made public are comments made by third parties valid? Spamming may also be an issue where tagging/caching of inaccurate material may be added to such services.  Flickr may lead to privacy concerns where for example a learner’s photo may be reused by someone else. What about accessibility issues? The use of such online tools might put specific learners at a disadvantage. For example using Flickr needs a robust internet connection due to high resolution photos that might be used. Visually impaired students might not be able to complete an activity which incorporates Flickr.

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