#CCK11 Social Networking and Online learning

Here is an interview about “the dumpest generation”. Thanks to George for the link.

Worthy to reflect on the significance and implications of overly absorption with the social media by the younger generation.  What are their interests?  Do they exhibit interests different from their older generation – their parents, their relatives – aunts and uncles etc.   A resounding yes?  Again, there are lots of assumptions here, relating to the differing interests.  There are, however, statistics supporting that teenagers learn quite differently from adults, especially in an online or social networking environment.

In this Digital Youth Project (refer to paper here)

The conclusions are sane, compassionate, and compelling: in a nutshell, the “serious” stuff we all hope kids will do online (researching papers and so on) are only possible within a framework of “hanging out, messing around and geeking out.” That is to say, all the “time-wasting” social stuff kids do online are key to their explorations and education online.

Ito and her team establish a taxonomy of social activity, dividing it first into “peer-driven” and “interest-driven” — the former being what kids do with their real-world friends, the latter being the niche interests that drive them to locate other people who are as fascinated as they are by whatever brand of esoterica they fancy.

So what are the interests of our younger generation?  In this post by Adora, she expressed concerns about the current education system, and suggested ways to improve it.  She further elaborated on the benefits of incorporating online learning in schools.

This also relates to the power and control often exercised by the educators (as parents, as teachers, as administrators) on their learners.  If the educators or parents gain a better understanding about how their kids are doing online, and how their learners or kids would benefit from online learning, then they would be in a better position in supporting their learning, rather than limiting their opportunities through explorations and education online.   This would in turn empower their learners in developing their potential, and thus become an autonomous learner in their learning journey.


6 thoughts on “#CCK11 Social Networking and Online learning

  1. Here is my response to a post

    Hi Veronica,
    I think Stephen has provided an extremely wise advice to your case. Alan has also elaborated on further ways of bridging the gap between you as a parent, the teacher, and your child.

    I think it may be necessary to refocus on what you and your child could do and achieve, under your and your child’s control, after considering all the advice and options available, rather than trying to fix the “perceived problems” which might be systemic (teacher’s problem, pedagogy (using Constructivism), or even about the school).

    As for your child, you are the one who could provide him with the emotional support. There are certain educational values that you might like to educate your child, through this case opportunity. This includes an understanding of each others’ views and perspectives (yours, his teacher etc.) through conversation, and feedback. So, would a conversation with your child help? In psychology, some role plays could help in negotiation of solutions. For instance, if you ask your child to role play that of the teacher, and prompt him by asking why his teacher acted like that to his requests, then he may be able to understand why his teacher has responded in such a way, and what and where the problem lies. You could then ask for better methods in responding to such a situation, by encouraging him to think of different ways of solving personal problems and making responsible decision under his control. With your empathetic listening and mentoring, I think you could help him in gaining a better understanding of his needs, so he could then take personal responsibility of his belongings and learning.

    There are many assumptions here relating to the approach in solving the problem, and so I think a connectivist approach would only work if some of the ideas suggested here by Stephen, Alan, me or others are considered in your own light, based on your understanding of your child, and a decision made by and with him, with a focus of helping him to develop further skills in problem solving and learning, rather than imposing a solution on him.

    Here is my post on social networking and online learning https://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/cck11-social-networking-and-online-learning/ What are the needs of your son? That may be the critical question.

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  3. Hi, John,
    Role playing is a great idea! Thanks.
    As well as:
    >…based on your understanding of your child, and a decision made by and with him, with a focus of helping him to develop further skills in problem solving and learning, rather than imposing a solution on him.

    John, thank you so much for your time, advice, and concern.

    Best regards,

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