I have just learned of “crowd learning” and I have to say it is a very interesting topic to discuss in education today. For those who do not know, crowd learning, is a type of learning that occurs through technology. This type of learning is not just for students and it is not just for adults, it is for anyone who wants to learn about any topic out there.
At first I was thinking I could not use a form of “crowd learning” in my kindergarten classroom, but the more I think about it the more I think it is possible. First, I could use it in a small crowd form just using my students. For example, my students are going to start learning about apples and Johnny Appleseed next week and to introduce the topic I could ask each student to draw a picture to share with the class or discuss with the class anything they know about apples. Another way to use “crowd learning” in my classroom is by using the internet. If my students had a topic they were not grasping we could “google” it as a class and see what we find. I think “crowd learning” is a great way to get my students involved, in away that is not normally done in early childhood classrooms.
While researching more about the topic I found some very interesting resources that teachers could use or anyone who wants to learn about many different topics. I first found that “crowd learning” is also known as “crowd-sourced learning” and there is a website Learning and Talent Management which gives a little more information of this type of learning and how it first started in the UK. Another awesome website I found was mylearningworx . This website has a large variety of courses you could sign up to take on many different topics. Some of the courses are free and some cost money. Also, if you had a subject you would like to teach you could create a course, which I find awesome. Finally, I found a small resource on TED (which I’m sure we have all heard about or seen/used before) that talks about “crowd-sourced learning” and how it is collaborative learning.
In this day of age I think any form of technology that can be used appropriately in the classroom benefits the students. Unlike when I was growing up these students have been raised on technology (some of my kindergartners probably can use it better then me) and it is something that can keep their interest. I am not saying technology should replace all forms of teaching but I believe teachers can and should start using it more in their everyday teaching, no matter the age that they teach. “Crowd learning” just shows all the resources the internet has to learn and I have been using a form of this learning for many years without knowing. Now that I know exactly what “crowd learning” is and better resources out there, I can not wait to learn more.