Sunday, October 3, 2010

Multiliteracies PP107: e-Learning 2.0 and quality

Multiliteracies PP107: e-Learning 2.0 and quality: "What is e-Learning 2.0? According to Graham Attwell, it represents the move from read-only applications to read-write applications. Theref..."

Multiliteracies PP107: My Learning Reflections

Multiliteracies PP107: My Learning Reflections: "As Reflections are essential for learning, I have tried to reflect on my learning process at Multiliteracies PP107. I have learned that f..."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

e-Learning 2.0 and quality

What is e-Learning 2.0? 

According to Graham Attwell, it represents the move from read-only applications to read-write applications. Therefore, it makes the difference to both teachers and learners in interaction..

You can have more information on e-Learning 2.0 on this video link:   e-Learning 2.0 and quality

How is e-Learning related to Googlios?

According to José Rodríguez, Googlios is a 21st -century approach to Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
According to Alex Ambrose, Googlio is a hybrid next generation e-portfolio that utilizes emerging open, social , web 2.0, and Google applications such as blogs, wikis and social networks and software to create a student created and controlled personal learning environment and lifelong content management system and can be shared and viewed from different perspectives, within various contexts, and for multiple puposes. It is a free and easy to use portfolio web site for individuals to design a space, story, and system that functions as a workplace and showcase for learners to collect, select, reflect, and publish. 

It is based on a model that demonstrates relationships between emerging tools and learning theories and between Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), and ePortfolios. By using Google Sites as a main dashboard that “mashes up” multiple Google Apps like Blogger, Youtube, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Docs, and iGoogle into an ePortfolio, students can build and organize their own Personal Learning Environment (PLE) simultaneously with “building bridges” through their Personal Learning Network (PLN)–all while supporting e-portfolio authentic assessment. One last word of caution: “Googlios: A 21st-Century Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Assessment” seeks to ignite an educational renaissance based on Bloom's Taxonomy.

I think Bloom´s taxonomy applied to Googlio makes sense. I am working on blogs and wikis and I can see how they are an act of creation based on other web technologies. What is more, they give us scope to all kinds of activities, thinking processes and texts in which knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation are present as stated below:


State Primary School students using XO computers in Uruguay
Connectivism is a learning theory of the digital age that has been developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes based on their analysis of the limitations of behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism to explain the effect technology has on how we live, how we communicate and how we learn. Taking into account that Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age, it is crucial for us to be updated and study the current use of technology, the decision making processes it entails and the effects on education both on a personal and an institutional level.

Connectivism is based on a Learning Ecology, in which Filters (values, beliefs and perspectives) have a crucial role in the learning process together with Conduits (language, media and technology):

Thus, we have to make wise use of technology to manage resources. In Uruguay, for example, students love to use mobile phones in class and they text all the time. Well, if you can´t fight them, you´d better join them and make the most of it. 

Similarly, there is an educational program called Plan Ceibal, in which xo computers are incorporated into the classroom for classwork and homework since each Primary School student has one for free. This has been a successful experience but some research on it is required, especially in reference to the network value, in which integration and multi-dimensional process be evaluated, and the different Dimensions of Learning be studied.

I think Alex Hayes´ research will be enlightening on the issue since it will inform on reliable applied contexts for technologies in an educational setting, policy development to guide the dimensions of application and will probably identify the implications of technology on educational arrangements.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010