I believe that social learning theories correlate with cooperative learning. These strategies are used to bring students together in a group setting in order to create an artifact to deepen their knowledge. As Dr. Orey stated, social learning theory occurs when students are actively engaged in constructing artifacts while conversing with others. Learners may develop a deeper understanding of the content when students teach their peers (Laureate Education, Inc., 2011).
After reading an excerpt from the book entitled Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works (2007), I learned how a math class incorporated multimedia to research famous mathematicians by creating artifacts through a movie project. I thought this would be a great way for students to learn about the mathematicians who discovered the mathematical rules students learn today. This is also a great way to connect the mathematician to what they are learning.
After reading how Ms. Ortiz used cooperative learning in her math class, I began to think how I could incorporate cooperative learning in my math class. For the past few weeks, I have been teaching the rules of exponents and radicals. In order for the students to distinguish the rules, I could create a project where a group of students would be assigned a rule and they would have to present their rule to the class. They could use social media sites by creating a YouTube video, voice thread, podcast, or a movie maker. The students could create a one minute song, short video, or a skit to teach the class the proper usage of their exponent rule. With this project, students would be working together, creating an artifact, conversing with their group members, as well the class, and developing a deeper understanding of the content of the rules of exponents and radicals. This project will help students in the group to present their information as well as to help students to remember the rules of simplifying exponents.
I find that when students collaborate together in a group setting to discuss the concept, I tend to see more light bulbs turning on as they are talking about the concept and making the connections themselves. Therefore, social learning theories and cooperative learning go hand in hand.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). (2011). Program eight: Social learning theories [Video webcast]. Bridging learning theory, instruction and technology. Retrieved from http://laureate.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=5700267&CPURL=laureate.ecollege.com&Survey=1&47=2594577&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=0&bhcp=1
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.