The emerging world of social teaching
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM (CDT)
White Bear Lake, MN
It is no secret that students turn to the Internet for help. In fact, in any given month there are millions of Google searches on topics such as Algebra, Calculus, English Composition and Biology.
We know students are using technology…the question is how do we meet them where they are and provide organized, credible and interesting content that excites them about learning? And in the process, how do we make it easier for everyone – teachers, professors, parents, tutors, students and experts – to share what they know for the benefit of all students and educators?
Join our group of innovative educators as we look at they way social learning has changed education and how Sophia is making it better!
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere, free of charge. The site (Sophia.org) has been described as a mashup of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube focused solely on education where users teach what they know and learn what they don’t.
Sophia taps the teacher in everyone to provide credible academic content for all. Sophia uses Web 2.0 tools and methods to create a credible, crowd-sourced platform where information is organized in “learning packets” – bite-sized tutorials tagged to specific academic subjects or topics, including standards-aligned objectives. The packets can be created by anyone using text, images, presentations, video, audio and more. Packets are rated for quality and evaluated for academic soundness by users and experts within the community.
When & Where
SOPHIA.org is a free education platform that provides free resources including 40,000 academic tutorials on a variety of subjects. The site also offers free college readiness resources that include ACT test prep; College Prep Pathways in algebra, statistics and biology; and College Success Skills to help students navigate the college experience.