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Networked Learning:  What It Means for Education


Networked Learning Handout final.doc








The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking.  These skills build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom.  (Digital Media Literacy)


Three areas of impact:



A.    The organization:



1.      How ready is your climate and culture for the use of networked technologies?  What discussions have you had with stakeholders?  How will the impact of high-stakes testing regimes impact the classroom application of these tool that contribute to the formation of these networks?  




2.      Based on your climate and culture, have you selected the right tool set?  The right delivery system?




3.      In your school district, who makes the decisions on which tools are available to teachers and students?




4.      How closely integrated are your technology and curriculum departments?




5.      How will you structure the classroom application of networked learning?  What support systems are in place?  What systems need to be put into place?




6.      How will you help others learn about networking and Web 2.0?  What types of professional development experiences have you created?




7.      Do your administrators understand Web 2.0?  Do administrators use the tools of Web 2.0?  Do your administrators understand how these tools contribute to the formation of learning networks?




8.      How will you associate the use of the Web 2.0 environment and networked learning with best practice (whatever that means to you) pedagogy?




9.      How permeable do you want your classrooms to be?




10.  Have you worked with other elements of the school community (Board of Education, Parents) to help them understand the potential impact, and issues, of Web 2.0/networked learning implementation?




11.  How will you evaluate the effectiveness of these tools to add value to the learning experience?



B.     The Classroom:



1.      How permeable do you want your classrooms to be?  Is there value in reaching beyond the four walls of your classroom?

2.      What kinds of communities exist in your classrooms?  What are you doing to create learning communities of students?

3.      Community can be created within a class, between classes, and between schools.  Geography does not matter, nor do time zones.

4.      How will you help students learn how to be effective content creators that contribute to networks of learning




C.     The Professional Educator:



1.      Are you a life-long learner?  How do you demonstrate that?

2.      Are you a member of a learning network?

3.      Do you use Web 2.0 tools for professional learning?

4.      Do you have 15 minutes to devote to your own personal and professional learning.





Web 2.0 Best Practices Presentation




My Web 2.0 resources at del.icio.us




Web 3.0 resources (The Semantic Web)

http://del.icio.us/djakes/Web3.0   and   http://del.icio.us/djakes/semanticweb



Web 2.0 Workshop Resources




Web 2.0 Movies




Will Richardson Workshop wiki-perspectives on the Read/Write Web



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