Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Communicationg Technologies for Learning: New Tools and Proven Strategies

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Communicationg Technologies for Learning: New Tools and Proven Strategies

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Welcome to the new edition of

The Agricultural Education Magazine. The authors have put forward consistent themes to foster learning: expect change, encourage active learning, build from proven principles, ask good questions, check for meaning, expect learner innovations, and expect change, and expect change!

There is little doubt that Internet technologies have an important role in learning and teaching for children and adults. Using http://google.com, you can search 1.3 billion unique URL's in a fraction of a second. This super search engine provides access to information that spans the globe. Experts calculate that "you can search the equivalent of a stack of paper more than 70 miles high in less than a half-second." Google located 14 million web pages with "learning" as a keyword in 0.12 seconds. A search for "agricultural education" located 560,000 web pages in 0.53 seconds. Amazing!

But information access must be coupled with accuracy. Learners must be able to assess critically the information they read, whether on the Internet or in traditional books. Teachers must become agile facilitators and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills when guiding learners toward sound solutions. The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking (http://criticalthinking.org) identifies nine "universal standards" that include clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, and fairness. A pretty good checklist!

Proven strategies improve the learning by the student. Learners benefit from formulating clear personal goals, demonstrating persistent inquiry, reflecting on meaning, and using time management. …

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