Posts tagged ‘strangers’

October 1, 2011

Rheingold U: The Social Media Classroom

by Ariana Stolarz

For those of you interested in exploring online participatory learning, Rheingold U offers series of sessions and ongoing asynchronous discussions through forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, and social bookmarks.

“If we do it right, we’re going to make magic happen: strangers all over the world will coalesce into a learning community in 5 weeks”. H. Rheingold.

“Instructor will be available for online office hours via Twitter”.

About The Social Media Platform

The Social Media Classroom is a free and open-source web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social tools that each course can use for its own purposes (e.g. integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, social bookmarking, and mindmaps).

The SMC is an invitation to grow a public resource of knowledge and relationships among all who are interested in the use of social media in learning, and therefore, it is made public with the intention of growing a community of participants who will take over its provisioning, governance and future evolution.

You may also want to check Rheingold’s article & video interview Re-Imagining Media for Learning (Sept 29, 2011) where he interviews Tracy Fullerton, director of the Game Innnovation Lab at USC:

We’ve created a game where students are prompted to immediately begin working in teams together in creating all kinds of different media…the attitude of these students towards learning has changed so dramatically from what we’ve seen in the past. They are completely taking on the responsibility and the activation for their own learning onto their own shoulders”.