Learning Collaboratively with Web 2 . 0 Technologies : Putting into Action Social Constructivism Learning Collaboratively with Web 2 . 0 Technologies : Putting into Action Social Constructivism

  • Bose S
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In many schools of India, students of even elementary level are encouraged to use computer and the Internet for carrying out assignments independently during the summer break. This reflects the schools efforts to use the potential of Information and communication technology (ICT) for supporting constructive learning. Technology can also address the social dimension of learning by supporting not merely cooperation but also collaboration. Unlike web 1.0, web 2.0 can facilitate collaborative content creation, thereby making learning a socially constructive process. Therefore, teachers may design learning activities for ICT mediated collaborative work. The first objective of this study was to determine whether assignments that required students to use ICT were also meant for collaborative work. The second objective was to determine whether students preferred individualized or teamwork. Descriptive method was used. Data collected with the help of questionnaire and interview from 72 students and 24 teachers of 12 schools of New Delhi were interpreted. Nonrandom sampling being the limitation of the study, generalizations will not be permitted. It was found that although learners preferred teamwork, the concept of collaborative learning was yet to be implemented by schools and a strong bias towards individualized work with web 1.0 persisted. In the light of the findings it has been suggested that students be trained in web 2.0 technologies and initiated in collaborative learning practices.

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