Last week I shared a podcast with Howard Rheingold on the Social Media Classroom as part of CPSquare’s “Connected Futures” workshop. This week we have a podcast with Sam Rose, one of the key developers of the Drupal based Social Media Classroom.
Some of the many fabulous observations from Sam that caught my ear include:
- Sam’s observations about the iteration between the deployment of a tool, the community’s creative use of the tool and the subsequent develop and iteration of the tool echoes what we found in our work for Digital Habitats.
- The thinking around the differences of a platform designed for delivery of a curriculum (i.e a Learning Management System or LMS) and a platform designed to support inquiry based learning.
- The importance of an integrated starting place and then as social media literacy grows, the exploration outward to other tools.
- How SMC thinks about forums as discussion starting places, blogs as individual reflection/note taking spaces and wikis as a place for crafting joint learning.
- The role of affordances to make use easier. (For example, the little color coded toolbars in SMC). And how some of those affordances are subtle and benefit from some “showing” — but once you learn them how useful they are.
- The trajectory of SMC towards becoming a place to integrate with other tools and content through APIs. (Lots of exciting things to come!)