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 Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Social networks, blogs and discussion forums are some strategies that teachers can take to improve education, within and outside the classroom, suggested experts in digital tools for education.


Telefonica Foundation specialists noted that participation in social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and email use, can help teachers to exchange information with students and parents outside of school hours. "They can also create educational projects with others colleagues who share common interests with these tools", they said on the eve of Teacher's Day to be held on July 6th.


They noted that blogs, more than allow the exchange of information, this could be used to encourage students to become authors of Internet content and improve their writing and spelling. "It is important that teachers adapt their technology resources to enhance the pedagogical needs of teaching and learning process", they said.


Another digital tool that improves learning is the Youtube video platform, where teachers can share audiovisual materials with their students, and who may see them as often as they consider convenient, at anytime, anywhere.


Audiovisual creativity applied to the field of education is very important to encourage research, teamwork, decision making, and the ability to expose, among other skills among students that are increasingly become more familiar with recording and editing videos.


While these tools provide many benefits in education, experts stressed the importance of accompanying students by their teachers in their use, especially in the case of browsers. "Not all browsers are relevant and safe. It is important that teachers be a guide for students to succeed in researching a topic on the Internet", they added.


(Source: Andina News Agency)

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