domingo, 21 de octubre de 2012

Week 7. The importance of the educational comunity

Educational Communities

The more you go to the early time in the educational system of every country more important is the educational community for the students and their success. There, in the context of the early ages, childrens, teachers, parents and other educational experts and social agents need to work together to let the children be able to learn in the best environment and in the best way.

In the High School and the University the educational community is  further from the family and closer to the teachers and students than other experts and social agents, but the importance of the educational community is not less than before because it can help to the learning process making the students more involved, active, motivated...etc. and even getting the same from the teachers too.

In an online course one of the most important problems is the high level of desertion and spending time to build a learning online community  could help a lot to avoid this problem and get the students feel  closer even being a hundred of kilometres between their fellows and teachers and only touching a machine instead the back or the shoulder of someone to say "hello" or the hand of someone to help her take the notes of the class which fell down on the floor (In the case of the online environment: "they fell down" because of a problem with the website of the class which crashed). We are social animals and Maslow said that one of our needs is belonging: love, friendship, being part of a group...

Have you ever felt as a student the existence of this community in the courses that you did?
Is this community only possible to build it during a long course?

 I knew about twitter and I have already used it for a long time, but I used it more as a student and a seeker of information than as a teacher. The article is really good and it gave me really good advices to practice and make a greater use of my twitter account!!

Other really good tool for videos:
I wanted to share with you all another great way to use the video calls and the video-emails:

10 comentarios:

  1. Hi Anjana,

    I like your post because it comes down to the way that education has changed in the 21st century. Paradoxically, even in face-2-face classes, creating an online forum or community has become essential and it is a great way to connect with students beyond the classroom. Through text messaging, phones, discussion forums, and even live chats, students and instructors can be in touch any time and from anywhere. I really like the fact, actually, that you can preserve students' voices, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials online so that they can themselves refer back to it and remember how much work they put into their class.
    It is true, however, that online does not make up for f2f. As you mentioned Twitter and other software, there are so many programs out there that can help you do live chat and voice chat with students so that you can preserve a chunk of the reality feel.

    1. Thanks Cat, I like your point about the fact that we are preserving the student's voices and making for them easier, wiht the actual technology, to have a feedback of the whole learning process they are doing, reminding them as you said: how much work they put into their class.

  2. I like your mention of Maslow and the need of belonging. Many of our students, even on our campus, appear to feel like visitors. I wonder if this separates them from a sense that what they learn means anything "outside" the school walls? Never their own ideas, always the ideas of someone else.

    1. Again Scott a really good question!! I think it could be connected, yes!!

  3. Hello Anjana,

    I have a Twitter account not for education yet but after reading what you said about yours, I am inclined to start it for education proposes.
    I would like to know what would be the difference between a discussion board and a Twitter account to involve a strong sense of community between the students and their teacher? What is the advantage of Twitter in this case? Would you post some articles on Twitter related to the field you teach? I am not quite sure how it would work for the students.
    Thank you, Anjana for your post.

    1. Hello Daniele, excuse me for being so late answering you but I was really really busy last weeks. Here I share with you more links about how to use twitter in a classroom, maybe you can get from these links some ideas to do with your students:

      And I think the difference between a discussion board and twitter is: what are using now your students to communicate between and among them? a discussion board? or a twitter account? and dont forget that to use a technological tool don't make you get the objectives and don't let you engage your students by a magic way! The way to get what you want and make your student be motivated is connecting the real life with the classroom, the real world outside the school or the university with the classroom including in the class the tools your student use and the tools that can let them express themselves, look for information, share and also learn by their own.

      At least it is only my opinion... thanks for your comment and excuse me please for the delay. Have a good day!!
      Best Regards

    2. Thank you so much for responding and sorry for being late in responding too.
      Right now, I teach on campus and I only have a cultural blog besides online tools I use for homework and videos. Just to get students interacting with each other and myself seems to be a task for now. Even though the interaction is set up with foreign students in Europe (real life, real world outside school because the subjects are based on real life situations), whom are wondering why the American students for the most part are not more willing to respond.... I am not desperate, though because some past semesters were vary good. But when I asked students why they were willing to participate then and now, it was/is only a question of getting points.
      What you are referring to is more for an online course and perhaps i could see a reason to use Twitter.

  4. Hi Anjana,
    I noticed the other day that we hadn't seen our help desk person who works at another campus for a few weeks and thought that no matter from which end you view us from we are all at a distance from each other in one sense or another. Also with so much work we don't visit each other even in the same building very often. I've never used twitter, do you think it would be good for connecting locally too?

    1. Hi Scott
      I don't work now, I am again unemployed and looking for a new job. I was working last month but my contract was finished... I miss my colleagues but I know they don't use twitter, they use wassup!!
      Don't look at twitter like a solution, look at it like an option you can use and you can try!! The best way to find a solution is trying to match your needs and wishes with the real life and real world looking for the technological tool that let you do it in the best way and daring to try!!

      Remember that maybe the best way for you it is not for others that dont understand a tool like twitter or they prefer stay using other similar tools...

      Best regards.

  5. Good point about using whatever works in the real world of how we work rather than fitting ourselves to a technology. Lisa Lane has a good blog [] commenting on the limits of the LMS mentioned at the MOOC facebook page. Our normal channels of communication are all now behind the college's "wall" and it's forcing simgle and closely monitored limitation on communications between people on staff. The college has even set up a Facebook page where only "approved" comments can be posted:-(All this being watched has silenced people so we need a free outlet). Twitter might be it.

    Sorry to hear you are out of work. I was moved from contract to casual last year with a drop in pay. Now it turns out I'm supervising the contract workers. I may go back to contract not for the money but get away being supervised myself by people who prefer not have any ideas of my own. Take care of yourself--good for you to take this course, more thoughtful teachers are needed in online courses.