Ponder: My thoughts on how the instructional strategies described in the resources I explored this week correlate with the principles of social learning theories.
Social Learning theorists believe that learning comes from students actively constructing and engaging in building artifacts when conversing with others (Orey,2010). Through conversations students understand material in different way and when technology is included as a facilitator of these conversations knowledge is then networked.
This week we learned about multiple collaborative technology tools that we could use in our classroom. Wiki’s, webquests, VocieThreads, and GoogleDocs to name a few. All of these tools are great when used with Dr. Orey’s jigsaw strategy where students take responsibility of learning a piece of information and then turning around and teach it to the others in a collaborative group. This strategy gives students a better understanding when they teach it.
Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). Social Learning Theories. Baltimore, MD