Friday, February 27, 2009

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The networked student and connectivism

A couple of things in this blog posting:
First, check out the link to edtechtalk. It is a podcast interview with a teacher by the name of Wendy Drexler that has truly embraced the idea of the networked student. She has completely restructured her classroom, in many ways, to utilize 21st century education tools. Listen to the conversation where she discusses how her role as a teacher has changed. Instead of acting as the purveyor of knowledge, Drexler teaches students how to seek out, collect, analyze, and maintain knowledge connections.

Second, here is a Youtube video from common craft that actually uses Drexler's classes to explain the ideology of a networked student and classroom.

Finally, if you don't have a good understanding of what connnectivism is, check out the Wikipedia entry for it--click below.

Wikipedia: Connectivism

My great hope for connectivism lies in the belief that it is more likely to foster lifelong learning due to the social aspect of it. Students are likely to establish longterm connections that will continue to support their learning long after they leave school.