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The constructivist theory of learning relates to a students learning that builds upon previous knowledge and experience. The advent of the Web 2.0 which allows users not only to view information on the internet but also to contribute, edit and publish their own thoughts, knowledge and concepts.
The Web 2.0 has introduced learning tools into the classroom such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, social networks and virtual worlds all of which have allowed learners to create and share their own knowledge and information. From this students can partake in an active participation of the learning experience and therefore build knowledge around their own previous knowledge and experiences.
The advantages of the Web 2.0 in the learning environment as states by Enobun (2010) are as follows;
– Increased involvement of the learners through active participation
– The world effectively becomes the classroom
– Collaboration with other learners stimulates and promotes higher learning.
– The classroom is accessible at all times.
As with all positives, there are a few downsides to the Web 2.0 in learning. This includes the limited availability of Internet resources for the students, the integrity of some work may be compromised, and plagiarism is easily committed online in addition to an extreme lack of privacy.
The article accurately portrays how the Web 2.0 allows for student learning to be improved. I agree that there are many advantages to using the Internet in the classroom as opposed to an old-fashioned textbook. The information on the Internet is more often than not, accurate, current up to the date and the information can be presented in a wide range of ways that allow for different learner abilities. However, the major downside, I find to the internet is that there is a substantial amount of unrelated material on the internet, inaccurate information and non educational information that the students can access during class time, which can often lead to a misunderstanding or provide a distraction from their learning. This does not take away from the Internet itself, but simply is one of the facts that make the Internet harder to use in a classroom environment.
Enobun, O. (2010). Constructivism and Web 2.0 in the Emerging Learning Era: A Global Perspective. Journal of Stategic Innovation and Sustainability, 6(4), 17-27. Retrieved from http://www.na- businesspress.com/JSIS/EnobunWeb.pdf