Collective learning is a type of learning that happens in the real world. In our global society, learning in the collective is not only possible but it will be necessary for the jobs our students will hold. My big question this week was how do I prepare my students for collective learning?
I realized one way is through a LMS (learning management system). This week I trained around 50 educators from grades k-5th how to use Schoology. Schoology may not be the best example of collective learning but for many it’s a start. Teachers set up courses online and some added educator groups for collaborating and learning together. I showed teachers how to replace stagnant class pages with this powerful new technology to organize content, engage students, and connect to families. Teachers can set up discussions and places where students can share projects.
I also realized another way I help my young students learn in the collect is through modeling. I don’t pretend to have all the answers but they know I can look to others for help when I want to know more. They also see that learning is not restricted to our classroom. In my class we do all kinds of maker activities with MakerCamp and other online resources.
This week I cohosted Twitter. Twitter sessions are a great example of collective learning. I always look forward to our Twitter classes. I learn so much from everyone. I recorded our Week 5 Twitter session. I put the link on Twitter. https://storify.com/DuncanSSD/week-5-etlead
Living in a small island town in Alaska means that collective learning via technology is really a part of my life and it is type of learning that is important for my students to learn.
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