EDET 668 Week 5 What are your thoughts about learning in the collective?
Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Embracing Change means looking forward to what will come next. It means viewing the future as a set of new possibilities, rather than something that forces us to adjust. It means making the most of living in a world of motion.”
When I think about learning in the collective, I think about learning using Internet resources and new technology. This technology can be anything from an Apple product (smartphones, iPads, T.V.’s…), kindles, and you get it. According to an article written by Aaron Smith, 2/3s of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% rely on it for accessing online services, information, and staying connected to the world.
The new culture of learning is based on three principles:
The old ways of learning are unable to keep up with our rapidly changing world. (2) New media forms are making peer-to-peer learning easier and more natural. (3) Peer-to-peer learning is amplified by emerging technologies that shape the collective nature of participation with those new media (Thomas, et.al, loc, 577).
I learn a lot from the media. I like that I can go online anytime (Twitter, Facebook…) and catch up on current events. Thomas and Seely Brown explain that collectives are not forms of public spaces. They are built and structured around participation (loc, 682). Participation is key in this “learning in the collective.” That’s why I agree with teachers who want to use social media as a tool in the classroom. I know when I was younger, I wouldn’t answer questions the teacher asked because I was too shy. If we allow our students to use digital resources to express their thoughts and opinions, everyone gets a say in the matter.
I don’t mind blogging, I think that it’s both a personal and collective. I get to share my experiences and knowledge. “People are not just learning from one another, they are learning with one another,” (Thomas et.al, loc 854).
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Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky.: [CreateSpace?].
U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015. (2015, April 1). Retrieved September 30, 2015, from http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/us-smartphone-use-in-2015/