Connectivist TeachingSeeking new ideas, inspiration or support for mathematics instruction? Teachers looking for research-based strategies to engage and challenge students of diverse backgrounds may access materials from the Ne‘epapa Ka Hana (NKH) Teacher Institute. To help educators prepare for, implement and discuss socially and culturally responsive problem-based learning.
Unit 4. The Role of Social Technologies
Social technologies are a part of social learning in which students utilize technology to communicate, share ideas, and learn math concepts. Social technologies include applications that promote communication among students, including blogs, wikis, and social networking sites. Social technology incorporates technology in a meaningful way to enhance collaboration among students (Abhari, 2017). Students can use social technologies to access their social learning networks when they are not in the same location. In addition to enhancing collaboration among students, social technologies can increase collaboration between teachers and students. For many students, communicating with the teacher through technology is more comfortable than participating in face-to-face discussions. Isolation in learning is reduced, as students watch videos, read from online forums, and communicate with others to learn math concepts through social technologies.
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Do you use social technologies effectively in your classroom? Give one idea for a lesson you could do in your classroom that would be an effective use of social technologies.