It is so nice to come across like-minded researchers with whom I share with out knowing it my own ideas about education and learning.
Article: What’s Happening in ‘Their Space’? Exploring the Borders of Formal and Informal Learning with Undergraduate Students of Education in the Age of Mobile Technologies
Source: What’s Happening in ‘Their Space’? Exploring the Borders of Formal and Informal Learning with Undergraduate Students of Education in the Age of Mobile Technologies
This post that D. Belshaw wrote is very much related to what I am doing. Here is the link.
The idea of scaffolding the learning process regarding digital or Web “literacies” -as Belshaw calls them- (referring to the grammatical nonexistent plural of the word literacy a necessity as he considers there are many different aspects one needs to address in order to be digital literate. It is about multimodality, coding, remixing, searching, evaluating, curating, sharing, designing and, more) is in line with what Vygotsky calls zone of proximal development (ZPD). The idea is to deliberately create opportunities for students to move from where they are to where they want to be, to the next step so to say. But this idea of ZPD has different interpretations. I think that the ZPD is not a static space or an isolated moment within the classroom, rather it is an activity. I will explain it using a very simple analogy. When we teach our children to talk what we do is we talk with them all the time although they do not understand anything at the very beginning. But this don’t makes us hesitate to speak clear and frequently with them as we think it will serve as a stimulus for them to learn faster and better. So the activity we are in with them is that what generates in part the learning of the language which is further improved at school again through the activity of talking, sharing, reading, writing. My idea is that in this same manner we could teach digital literacies to teachers or to students. It is in doing stuff with and on the Web that the skills will improve and the new knowledge will be learned. That is why my main argument in my research is that designing and crafting your own learning environment is a good way to improve and learn to be more skilled in the Web.
Here is his thesis: The essential elements of digital literacies
Until next time!
…In contrast complex systems are based on relationships, and their properties of self-organisation, interconnectedness, and evolution. They cannot be understood solely by simple or complex approaches to evidence, policy, planning and management. The metaphor that Glauberman and Zimmerman uses for complex system is like raising a child. Formulae have little application. Raising a child provides experience but do not assure success with the next. Every child is unique and must be understood as such. Outcomes are uncertain. You can not separate the parts from the whole. The solution to problems most of the times emerge from within the family and involve values. In complicated systems we can build their parts and then put them together in order to create the system. They are often engineered. Instead we cannot create a complex adaptive system (CAS) from scratch and expect to turn out just how we expected.