Consider what would be needed to create an ideal digital learning community.
An ideal digital learning community would need to combine something student-driven with teacher supervision. Ideally, a place where students would be free to pursue their own interests and, in doing so, arrive at a true liberal arts education. Diving into science fiction feeds a hunger for scientific knowledge. Once you get to a certain point in science, you need math, so you go back and learn algebra, calculus, and trigonometry on your own.
What would be needed to bring such a vision to fruition?
What can one do to make an existing DLC more attractive to and welcoming for students and teachers?
Having some degree of choice makes things more attractive on principle. It’s hard to get excited about something someone from outside says you have to do. But choice, even minimal choice, gives teacher and student alike an element of power, being able to pick the DLC they feel more comfortable with. After all, we have to be able to choose our own communities.
UPDATE: Sorry! I found it. The list of DLCs, I mean. Here is what I use:
I use Symbaloo to organize all my bookmarks for school. You can see it at this address: http://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13ePLS3932
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I use Edutopia and Edmodo in the classroom. Edutopia is great because I’m able to find resources and also seek feedback and support from fellow teachers near and far.
My co-teacher and I use Edmodo to share PowerPoints and Prezis with students, as well as to provide a place for students and teachers to seek instant feedback and information from each other. Sadly, most of my resource students either don’t have computers or don’t bring them to class charged. We only have three desktops in the back, and they run very slowly. Also, it’s a struggle getting them to actually DO the lesson instead of logging on to a VPN and playing Superfighters.
As for the tagging part. Still no idea how I’m supposed to do that. You mean tagging this post? I can do that.
Side note: Has anyone else noticed how so many of these websites have the same layouts for their homepages? Are they all owned/created by the same company? It’s bizarre. Seriously, check it out. Edmodo, Symbaloo, Thrively. They all have the same design! Live-action photo of a happy kid overlaid with links for registration and sign-in. Contact info on the bottom, description and title of site off to the side. Maybe that’s just the fashion now?