I have been reading your blog and although I haven't done extensive research on the subject, I wonder if the issue is not more about What motivates students to learn. I taught students before technology was available and I found that engaging students by doing and getting them involved in creating was the best way to make them successful. When the students would be put in an authentic context where they had to perform and it truly mattered to them, it was succesful with or without technology. The traditional way of teaching had little or no significant result but having them create and participate in something that mattered and made a difference changed the way the students perceived themselves and the way they performed. The need to enlighten the students this way has always been needed. I am a strong believer in social networking and that it can assist learning but I also believe foremost that the context has to be significant to the students very similar to principles applied to adult learning. Here is my two cents... pardon my English, it isn't my first language.
Thanks for your comment Manon. The importance of context was one of the findings of our study.Mark.
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