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Discussion : Cyberlearning

1. Define cyber learning and provide an example of a classroom application.

Taskforce (n.d) defined cyber learning as, the use of networked computing and communications technologies to support learning. Cyber learning is the web 2.0 which is used in classroom and outside classroom to enhance learning process. Example of web 2.0 is, Prezi, a tool for presentations, and many more tools which is found on the internet. By optimizing the web 2.0 in classroom, student can share their ideas among others, able to search for new information or additional information they require. In line with that, they will be able to voice out their ideas. On the other hand, it will improve their critical thinking and problem solving.

Resource: http://nspire.wsu.edu/docs/2012_Cyberlearning_FINAL.pdf

2. Describe cyber-learning literacy and discuss how it may be used in the classroom.

Literacy means ability. Thus, cyber-learning literacy means the ability and skills to use technology tools which includes the computers/gadgets and the internet in classroom or outside the classroom. This may be used in classroom by using web 2.0 in teaching and learning process. For example, using media from the internet such as audio and video to improve their understanding. This will help the teacher in preparing the lesson as there may be not enough resource for teaching or teaching aids. Teacher must encourage the student to surf the web in classroom to expand their knowledge and information and to clarify their doubts. But, teacher guidance in surfing the web is important. Thus by optimizing the web 2.0, cyber learning literacy can be improved.

3. Identify three web 2.0 resources and demonstrate an example of how they might assist learning.

      i) Blogs

A good platform for communication. Suitable for teachers and students, whether it is inside or outside the classroom.  Examples of blogs is WordPress-include multimedia libraries, numerous templates and host of widgets to enhance the functionality of their blogs. Other example is Edublog. It is based upon wordpress platform and offers teachers the capacity to create and administer an entire class of blogs through a secure portal.

       ii) Video and audio

Enables users to share videos. This enables teachers and students to  source video content for knowledge acquisition or remixing purposes, as well as disseminate their own video. By using audio it will help to improve student language, especially in language classes. For example, Powtoons.

      iii) Presentation tools

Presentation tools enables users to sequence multimodal content so as to support or deliver an instructional narrative. Product are shareable via URL and public repositories. Presentation tools are useful for any situation where teachers or students are required to share or demonstrate their understanding. Examples of Presentation tools is Prezi, Google slides..

 

Resource :https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/csd6280.pdf

4. Explain why social networking issues important for the classroom.

Social networking sites are very useful and attractive environments for the users. Yet, it has its pros and cons. teacher must be aware of the social network issues that has been happening since long time ago. One of the issues is that, it can be a distraction in a classroom. For example, social networking such as Facebook, Instagram, twitter can take away their attention while in the teaching process. Thus, teachers/instructors must make sure that it can be controlled in the classroom, or make sure they won’t be misused. Other than that, cyberbullying might be happening. While it helps to connect people between, teacher-students, peers-peers, doesn’t mean that there won’t be a bullying happen on the internet. Teachers who used social networking as part of their learning must be aware, and concerned about the potential dangers and overcome it before it becomes serious.

Resource: https://campustechnology.com/articles/2012/01/19/pros-and-cons-of-social-media-in-the-classroom.aspx

http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/issues/issues423.shtml

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