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Learning first, technology second

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Learning should always come before technology. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. Blogging can be used to engage children in creative writing , while making videos is excellent for problem solving and collaborative work. But that is the problem. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching.

7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

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That never worked in the student bar and it won''t work on Facebook. Student groups tend to set up their own Facebook groups anyway, without any prompting from their teachers. When I''m invited in to a Facebook group or Google Hangout, I tend to lurk until asked a direct question. Interactions can be managed around a specific hashtag related to the course, or can be private between the tutor and students using the Direct Message (DM) option.

The survival of higher education (3): The Social Web

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Here social media were used to connect people, enabling them to collaborate together in project work, small group learning and online discussions. The Social Web promotes collaboration Collaborative forms of learning are becoming increasingly popular methods of adult education, because they involve all students in the process of learning. One of the most popular activities on our wiki based learning programmes was called ‘goldmining’.

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