The social learning theory is the vision that individuals comprehend/learn by monitoring others. It’s also said that students are actively engaged in developing meaning in developing meaning while conversing with peers and interacting with their surroundings. (Laureate Edition, Inc., 2011).
Cooperative learning is one instructional strategy discussed in this week’s discussion and it supports the social learning theory. Cooperative learning is an approach to organizing classroom activities into academic and social learning experiences. Technology can help cooperative learning to be more effective. When I give students a cooperative learning project more than likely students decide to create PowerPoint Presentations where their research is Internet based. The assignment that I love to give the most is when I assign students to research 3 famous people, tell their history, and their role in the community. After research students will work together to present a group presentation. I think PowerPoint presentation is a good group tool mainly because students have the opportunity to collaborate their ideas into one slide and make it one complete thought. Also, technology can be a vital tool used in the classroom to incorporate cooperative leaning. In my classroom students use TV’s and camera’s to have online class with students from other districts, this gives them a great opportunity to hear other student’s ideas and be able to compare those ideas to their own. Our course text talked about students creating websites, social bookmarking, web-based multiplayer games, and blogs as ways to boost social interactions amongst students. The tools listed above can be incorporated in instruction to boost cooperative learning and reinforce social skills that 21st century students need to succeed in the world today.