The Long Tail part 2

Thinking more about the Long Tail post from a few weeks ago.  It would be interesting to see if the 1% contributors online are also the most vocal contributors in the classroom.  My initial belief is that the two groups are composed of different students, and different learning styles.

I was recently asked what I would do when faced with a student in my class who was quiet, reserved, and withdrawn from the rest of class.  One of my ideas was to attempt to engage that student using a different medium.  In my experience, students like this (shy/reserved) are more willing to discuss their thoughts in a more personal (private?) environment.  Technology gives us the ability to create such a forum.  In this way, the online setting is not targeting the same students who are dominating the classroom, but now intended to draw out the students who may appear on the fringe.


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