Friday, May 15, 2009

A Discussion on Networking Technologies

Networking technologies are not only the “physical” network connections, wireless and wired, but are also the resources available for learning. To build a network, in the physical sense, involves wiring connections, and access points. In the virtual sense, networking technologies allow students to connect to resources on an as needed basis, identify and locate others with shared or similar interests. Networking is seen from the business and industry as a necessary element for success. Students likewise must begin to network to resources for learning success, both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Networking technologies, such as Google Reader, Google Books, Google Scholar and Google Groups, allow students to make the connections to others for support, assistance, and exposure or access to resources.
  • Networking technologies allow students to develop a sense of the structure of knowledge, and a sense of a community of experts as their personal networks become more and more extended.
  • As students continue to network, the opportunities for collaboration will increase.
Characteristics of networking technologies:
  • Making connections - connecting or interacting with other students, faculty, experts and others who are connecting with technology.
  • Provide connection to shared interests
  • Provide access to resources
  • Open up more resources
  • For faculty, provide a richer teaching opportunity
  • For students, provide greater access, resources for learning
Networking technologies, teaching and learning
  • Needs based, connections, connecting
  • Pedagogical impact on focus on learning styles, teaching styles, and integration
  • Outcomes include develops larger sense of community, understands larger systems, structure

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