Before doing the reading this week I had never heard of “learning in a collective”. This was a foreign concept to me. After doing the reading I was able to get the definition and find out the importance of collectives. A collective is a place where peer-to-peer learning takes place. Students “learn through participation and interaction with each other through fluid relationships” (Douglas & Seely, 2011). It is an opportunity for participants to create learning around shared interests and there is no expert or teacher involved necessarily. Collectives are places where people can have the freedom to talk and discuss any issues or ideas.
Humans are unique that they have many ways to communicate and transfer information. Information is transferred between many individuals and therefore rapidly grows especially compared to other species (Khan Academy, 2011). We are social species and collectives are a way for use to exercise that trait. People can freely share and create new information together by communicating with one another. “One of the most rewarding parts of teaching is the personal and professional relationships we develop on our voyage” (Burgess, 2012). We create collective environments in our schools, districts, and with grade level teams.
Collectives are unique and important concepts to learning. I believe that it is important for teachers to allow the time and space for students to create collectives. One way that a teacher could do this in the classroom is to use “Kidblog” which is a teacher controlled area where you can allow your students to communicate through blogs. I learned about this site at ASTE and plan to use it when I am back in the classroom. It is a great way to get a collective going in your class. I will definitely be using collective learning environments in my classrooms in the future.
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