Connecting Informal and Formal Learning Experiences in the Age of Participatory Media: Commentary on Bull et al. (2008)
Christine Greenhow, University of Minnesota, United States
CITE Journal Volume 8, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Bull et al. (2008) suggested several barriers to bridging informal learning and participation in the Web outside of school with learning in school settings. These constraints include specific learning objectives; time constraints; increase in classroom management complexity, which often accompanies technology integration; prior investment in and commitment to print tools; limited models for teachers on how to facilitate students’ learning with interactive technology; and limited research to guide best practice. In considering how we might bridge the gap between formal and informal learning, I suggest taking a closer look at three of these constraints: learning objectives, lack of practice models for so-called “digital immigrant” teachers, and research-based guides. I offer three corresponding recommendations.
Greenhow, C. (2008). Connecting Informal and Formal Learning Experiences in the Age of Participatory Media: Commentary on Bull et al. (2008). Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 8(3), 187-194. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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