These days pupils are always on the move. Atleast, in their digital and social world. But the problem is, they are very technology minded but also technology savvy. They are interested in technology, but they don´t learn how to use it properly by themselves. (Van den Beemt, 2014) An example of this is pupils posting stuff they'll regret.
So how can we, teachers, use this interactive media our pupils use? In a good and educational way? But before we discuss how, we should first realize that learning isn't something you only do at school. Our pupils learn all the time. On fora, exchange information with friends or look for answers on Google. So school isn't the only place were they do this, they do this everywere. At school, at home, on Facebook or with friends.
We want to know, which media do our pupils use. When we know that, we can try if using these media effects the learning results or motivation of our pupils. In this book 'Leren met interactieve media' they talk about an learning ecology: an complex, adaptive and social environment were people learn together and exchange information. This could be fysical or virtual. Learning formal, informal or not-formal. It are sort of communities. Usually an learning ecology is informal and you join it because your are interested in it's subjects. So it's selforganizing. But as a teacher you try to create an learning ecology by yourself were you have an more structural and formal way of exchanging knowledge. This learning ecology is also based on the principles of (Vygotsky, 1978) were learning is a part of interaction between an social environment and yourself.
The thing you have to do as a teacher is to adapt to the interests of your pupils, their personal situations and their needs. As in the book is stated aswell, I think it would be incredibly hard to realize this 'learning ecology'. As I remember from my past class (age 11-12) their interests change so fast. And it would be very hard to create an environment that suits everyone their personal situations and needs. It would almost be like creating a game. And though I don't think it would be possible, it would be amazing if it would actually happen, and work.
What I think would work, would be a small Twitter or blog learning ecology. That your pupils also have a school-learning-ecology. Were they can share their interests for school and discuss school related subjects. Examples of this are found all over Twitter. This is an dutch example: www.josmontulet.nl
- Van den Beemt, A, (2014). Leren met interactieve media. Assen: Van Gorcum