Crash Course in Learning Theory

This is a very exciting blog that has discussed many of the things we have learned about education but in a new way.

I believe that this co-creation of knowledge lends itself very well to:

  • New-wave Socratic teaching – Posing questions and letting students answer them through exploration on the net and production of a meaningful summary such as a wikispace or podcast.
  • Collaborative tools – Tools such as wikipages (I use wikispace) or writely.com to produce meaningful summaries of their synthesis of knowledge that have been created together.

I enjoy the Creating Passionate Users blog and name it my fave for the week!

How do you get started:
1 – Set up a wikispace for your class
2 – Decide a project or chapter that would be a good topic for student exploration.
3 – Spend about 15 minutes covering the basics of wikispaces:

  • brackets – making other pages
  • hyperlinks to the Net
  • hyperlinks within wikispace
  • inserting pictures

If you contact wikispace and give them the addresses of your group, they'll send out a batch of e-mails otherwise you'll get stuck with yahoo or aol taking a while for the student to receive their confirmation e-mails. Its a good start.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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