For my seventh blog post I was required to watch The Networked Student. This five minute video was written and directed by Wendy Drexler. This video explains the thought of connectivism. Connectivism is a theory in which learning occurs as a part of a social network with many diverse connections and ties. The importance of this is not the technology that is used. Possibilites and different avenues that are out there to be used for learning is the most important aspect of this theory. This video explains the aspects of a PLN or personal learning network. This network makes it easy to connect with people and schools all over the world to learn. Information management plays a huge and necessary role in networked learning.
This short video was interesting and has a substantial amount of informtion about the networked learner. I see this type of learning becoming more and more prominent in schools and I like it, to a certain extent. This video explains that the teacher rarely lectures to her class and the student does everything. I believe in more of a blended education. As a future educator, I would very much like for my students to use technology in the classroom to enhance their knowledge and learning skills, but I want to teach them too. I want to experience their learning as they experience it. I will use this thought of networked learning in my classroom as a tool for my students to learn in various ways and experience the different views of others all over the world.
One very important question was raised in this video. Why does the networked student even need a teacher? According to the narrator, the student needs a teacher for many reasons. Among those reasons is instructions on how to build the student's personal learning network. Another is to provide the student with the tools to take advantage of the learning opportunity that exists. The teacher also needed to provide the student with help to communicate something properly. The most important of the reasons a networked student needs a teacher, in my opinion, is guidance. The teacher is a resource that a student can ask questions and receive interactive help. This allows students to be pointed in the right direction if they leave the correct path.
Welcome to My PLE
The youtube video, Welcome to My PLE, was made by a seventh grade student in which she gives a description of her personal learning environment. This student PLE is extensive and she has organized it very well. Compared to this seventh grader, my PLN is lacking very much. I currently use more traditonal learning avenues than the more modern avenues. Currently, I am learning more and more about the different ways I can learn using the internet and different products like Delicious and Blogger.