It's not about the technology

The technology itself has no power to transform learning. It is up to us to take that technology and do something new with it, something that doesn't just reproduce our tired old scripts. These experiments and explorations won’t succeed, spread or scale without a dedicated network of educators who are working together to build a new model for 21st century learning.
- Peer based learning in a networked age, Mimi Ito

Out of the mouth of babes....

A year 7 student talks about how she learns using technology to create a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).

Using social media to learn about social media issues - Howard Rheingold in Social Media Classroom

Simply by using a forum to extend discussions beyond the classroom makes a connection between theory and practice. Learning the different rhetorics of blogging by practicing them in public, and commenting on one another’s posts can give students a literacy regarding blogging that they would not have gained by simply reading or hearing about it. And the use of social bookmarking, RSS, and wikis by teams to create collaborative documents can lead to direct experiential understanding of the social, technical, and epistemological aspects of collective knowledge-creation. By integrating the tools of social media with active learning, and directing inquiry toward the personal, interpersonal, and collective effects of using these tools, students can become engaged in a kind of learning that is not only appropriate to the field of cyberculture studies, but which introduces them to a rich and potentially powerful toolset that can be applied to learning other subjects.
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