The next learning space we are going to look at is the electronic learning space.
The way in which we as teachers view the use of the electronic learning space needs to be current in the knowledge that society is changing with technology and we can utilise this technology to create learning opportunities that weren’t even possible 20 years ago (MCEETYA, 2008).
Technology has been classified by Means into four categories – used as a tutor, used to explore, applied as a tool and used to communicate. These categories can help us as teachers to consider the uses for technology in learning (which there are many) and that when using the devices the result is still enhancing meaningful learning that has a purpose and outcome (Means, 1994).
When looking at using the electronic learning space there are points that we need to be aware of to ensure the best possible use of the learning space.
This involves critically examining the strengths and weaknesses of the learning space and coming up with a list of them to consider when implementing.
-The amount of accessible information and resources.
-The networking opportunities to share and learn online.
-The educational tools now available.
-Collaboratively working with others to learn.
-Can be accessed through mobile devices so used anywhere.
-Can be implemented in all areas of the curriculum.
-Restrictions and rules need to be active and in place to ensure appropriate use of the learning space.
-Students misuse can lead to online problems such as access to inappropriate content, online bullying, using for socializing not learning etc.
-Knowing how to use the right tool or learning resource to best enhance learning and to narrow down the information over load can be difficult (Murray, Olcese, 2011).
Some great ways to use electronic learning tools that can be implemented for learning include:
-Creating class blogs or websites.
-Having a class set of iPads or laptops to use as a whole class in any subject area not just ICT.
Incorporating electronic learning spaces can be done in the classroom through the use of many educational tools and also beyond the classroom (MCEETYA, 2008).