Learning through blogs, social media and games

Brookings looks at How Blogs, Social Media, and Video Games Improve Education.

As Stanford University communications professor Howard Rheingold notes, “Up until now, ‘technology’ has been an authority delivering the lecture which [students] memorized. If there is discussion, it’s mostly about performing for the teacher. Is it possible to make that more of a peer-to-peer activity? Blogs and forums and wikis enable that. So a lot of this is not new, but it’s easier to do [and] the barriers to participation are lower now.”

Alan Daly, at the University of California at San Diego, . . . believes education “is moving away from large-scale prescriptive approaches to more individualized, tailored, differentiated approaches.”

The study looks at how schools are using new technologies to help students learn.

College students are becoming “free-range learners,” concludes a new study by Glenda Morgan, an e-learning specialist at the University of Illinois. Using informal networks, students told her they “shop around for digital texts and videos” that haven’t been assigned in class. They mentioned videos from elite universities such as Stanford and MIT; pre-meds favored the Mayo Clinic.

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  1. This blog post is great and really hits on the points of what it takes to really exercise your brain using technology. I recently started doing a program called Brainetics (www.brainetics.com) – and have found so many different ways to use games for education and exercising the brain!

  2. It’s true that learning using social media became a popular things now a days, But I’m concerned about the New Rules in US recently launched on Using Social Media. This news says Teachers will no longer able to Social Media like facebook, twitter or youtube to share the knowledge with the students. Is this a Good Law?