Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blog Post #7

The Networked Student

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.

The Networked Students Network

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.


  1. Your post about the networked student was very well written and informative. However, I didn't see any mention of the role of the teacher in your first paragraph or any mention of the responsibility in which the student gains through this type of learning. I think you could've gone into deeper detail with your summary paragraph. I do agree with you on the blended education. It doesn't have to be so extreme in either direction. I plan on doing a healthy mix as well.

    I think you could've put more effort into your PLE paragraph based on looking at your other work. You're very vague in the description and in your reaction. I also found 3 spelling mistakes. I hate to be a stickler, but I think you could do better.

  2. Hillary have already pointed out a few of your are few more that she didn't catch. In your second paragraph first sentence the word becomeing need to be correct to becoming. Drop the "E". No One is a prefect writer and we all make error.The best way that I deal with them is just to proof read your blog.

  3. Nancy,

    I see that we have some spelling nazis already visiting your blog. Hate to say it, but they're right. Although I wouldn't say that it's too bad. Here are a few I found:
    "substancial amount of informtion" should be substantial and information
    "they experiecne it" should be experience
    "and recieve interactive" should be receive
    "student PLE ise extensive and she has organized is very well" should be is and it, respectively

    Other than spelling errors and some grammar issues, which I'm not going to point out, I think you did a great job answering the question about connected learning and the teacher's role.