Classroom as Digital Community

Robert E. Morgan, Technology as Art: The Emerging “Digital Communities,” (last visited Nov. 25, 2008).

Some video classrooms extend beyond video conferencing into actual digital communities where participants can cooperate, share, and learn across any distance.  Teachers on a digital network engage students in activities that allow them to interact with classmates at different sites and partner with other participants to practice new skills. Students review each others’ work and receive individual assistance through the use of a document camera or email. For educators, doing digital communities requires letting go of a few notions. It means making technology our friend, it means considering new paradigms of educational thought, and it means recognizing that learning is often cooperative, that learners and teachers are part of the community, and that top-down teaching is often not the most effective teaching method.

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