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ERIC Number: EJ1080815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5804
Connecting Informal and Formal Learning Experiences in the Age of Participatory Media
Bull, Glen; Thompson, Ann; Searson, Mike; Garofalo, Joe; Park, John; Young, Carl; Lee, John
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v8 n2 p100-107 2008
Social media is changing the world in ways not yet understood. The effects are rippling through news, business, entertainment, and the political arena. A new generation of students is significantly more active in the way that they create and interact with one another. One effect on schools and schooling is apparent. The next generation will live in a world that is very different from the previous generation. The current generation of educators is not well equipped to serve as guides in this process--they are all learning together as new media technologies emerge. In fact, teens are often more experienced in use of these technologies than other demographic groups. The informal learning that occurs in the context of participatory media offers significant opportunities for increased student engagement in formal learning settings. The experience with communication technologies that teenagers today possess must be tapped by educators and connected to pedagogy and content, however, in order to address learning objectives in schools. Teacher education faculty members are experienced in this arena. Educators are currently at a moment in time in which the current and next generation of educators each can make a genuine contribution by working together. This article discusses challenges in adapting web 2.0 technologies to school use through informal and formal learning experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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