An excellent article on active learning using technology. Especially consider the points on using Wikis and creating multimedia ebooks with your students. The Research Academy’s Showcase on May 2, 2012 – open to all, no cost! – will feature a workshop on developing Wiki’s with students as a way to collaboratively build knowledge. We will release the full schedule of workshops later this week. If you are in the area, plan to attend this free and interactive day of workshops and presentations on teaching and learning.

Technology and Learning

Several decades ago, Paulo Freire attacked the traditional “banking” concept of education — the idea that faculty simply transmitted knowledge to students who stored it as if they were passive containers. Instead, Freire argued, they should treat students as equals capable of active learning.

Now, more than ever, educators have an opportunity to realize Freire’s vision. By teaching well with digital technologies, faculty can help students connect, collaborate, and create, allowing them to take ownership of their own learning.

Connecting is a central part of today’s online experience. The rise of Web 2.0 technologies several years ago allowed users to move beyond such basic communication tools as email and instant messaging to find people who share their interests and build relationships with them.

This is an important distinction. Where early web technologies enabled people to communicate primarily with friends and family, today’s networks encourage discovery and new relationships.

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