Chapter 5 in the text, The Connected Educator is about using tools to support connected learning. The chapter starts off with one of the text's authors, Sheryl mentioning how she believes students need both hands-on and visceral learning. It made me think into my future of becoming a teacher. I personally learn better by being hands-on. With that in mind, I agree with Sheryl and feel students should be taught in multiple methods. Not every child learns the same, sometimes using a different method makes all the difference in their learning experience. After reading chapter 5 and learning about numerous amounts of tools that could be used by both teachers and students, I look forward to my future in education.
The chapter starts off discussing how tools could be used for bookmarking. Social bookmarking allows individuals to categorize and archive any content that they desire to keep for future use. Delicious is an example of a social bookmarking tool. Delicious uses tags to help you find sites that other users have categorized that match what you are looking for.
Next the text discusses how tools could be used for social networking. There are many options you can choose from when it comes to social networking, our text shared some that are student friendly. One of the examples was classroom 2.0 Ning social network. Classroom 2.0 is made up of about fifty-eight thousand educators that are looking to incorporate web 2.0 tools into the teaching and classrooms.
The following section is about how tools are used for extended learning in the classroom. An example that the text shared was teachertube. Teachertube is an online community for sharing educational videos. This site can be compared to youtube. Teachertube is beneficial for future teachers because it allows you to see what other educators have used in their teaching methods. Another feature of teachertube is that you can leave comments, which allows others to see if they found the video to be of any quality and beneficial.
I feel that web 2.0 tools are going to continue to become more popular in the classroom. So, it is important to keep up to date on all the new tools being produced. This chapter was an eye opener to just some of the possibilities that are out there that one day I can incorporate into my classroom. It is important for students to be up to date with technology because it will increase their knowledge and also keep them with or above the level of the rest of the world.