We live in a society now that is so connected at every moment. Information is at our finger tips with a few key strokes; what used to take hours to find and research, now can be found in a few minutes. The world can be brought before us via ICTs – Information and Communication Technology on a computer screen or a phone. I found several of Bradley’s highlights on hypotheses on social issues tie in to the service learning initiative:
- We become more global, but also more local – “Glocal”.
- Family ties may be strengthened, the neighborhood may be revitalized and cooperation with schools can be made easier.
- Our citizen’s role can be empowered with IT support in the home – there are opportunities to widen and strengthen democracy
It’s said that actions speak louder than words. Words sometimes though, are a kick-start to action.
View the link below from the National Service Learning Clearinghouse:
- Select one of the quotes to write a reflective essay. In the essay:
- Use the quote as your focus, do research on either the author of the quote or another individual that you feel fits the quote.
- Research and describe some of the work they have done, and how it could fit into service learning.
- Using this person’s example, find service learning projects that are similar in nature to include in your essay.
Things to think about:
- What learning disciplines are incorporated in the service learning?
- What skills can one enhance or gain by participating?
- What is the impact on the community?
Bradley, G. (2006) Social and Community Informatics: Humans on the Net. New York: Routledge.