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mmmm mmmm Special thanks to Lee LeFever of Commoncraft for granting permission to use his brilliantly simple design. This, my friends, is a true story. A student at 21st century high school studying American Psychology as part of his Contemporary Issues class, but it could be any topic. He attends classs 3 days a week, two days online He doesn't have a textbook His teacher almost never lectures. She's a student of connectivism, a theory that presumes that learning occurs as part of a social network of many diverse connections and types This network is made possible through various tools of technology The tools themselves are not as important as the coneections made possible by them. This teacher empowers his students to take control of their learning and make new connections with others who will strengthen the learning process. Before our student embarks on his learning adventure, He must spend sometime building his Personal Learniing Network. He practices finding valid websites about the American Psiche He is taught how to assess and value information to ensure its credibility. He uses google scholar and his school libray database to search for scholarly, peer reviewed articles on his topic. When he finds a website or an article that is worth it, he posts it to his social bookmarking site, a place where people share URLs they have bookmarked on specific topics He finds other people who've bookmarked sites about the American Psiche and he shares the sites he has found. Next, he searches for blogs that others have written about the American Psiche. He understands that blogs often reflect opinions rather than cold heart facts. Based on what he has learned so far about the American Psiche he can choose to comment on these blogs and offer his own informed point of view for discussion. In order to manage these blogs, he uses a reader to subscribe to them. That way he can tell when a blogger posts an update. Once our student builds a knowledge base, he creates his own blog to post reflections about what he has learned. His classmates, and virtually anyone in the world, can visit his blog and comment on his informed opinions. Twenty first century student loves his MP3 player but there's more on that device than his favourite music. He subscribes to a number of audio and video podcasts to support his learning. Through Itunes U he has access to thousands of courses recorded by actual professors from Standford, Yale, Cambridge Open University and countless others. In fact, he finds a lecture from a course called "Social Psychology" Offered at UC Berkerley. He literally has access to the best professors in the world. While researching his topics he stumbles upon a documentary about the American Psiche A Dutch born Canadian immigrant film maker crosses America to interview Americans about their homeland. Our student emails the film maker who agrees to video-conference with the class to discuss the documentary By the way, our student knows a few tricks for finding experts. He also knows that it never hurts to askl People usually love to share their knowledge and expertise, specially with students. As a few weeks pass, our student is busy reading the up-to-the-minute virtual textbook he has created in his social marker account and RSS reader His learning project combinates in the creation of his choice Perhaps a video he posts to avideo showing site an American Psiche wiki from which others can learn or a Voicethread to which others can comment Regardless of the medium, he is showing his organization of this knowledge with the rest of the world so that next students of American Psiche can learn from his hard work. The twenty first century student network includes a wide range of connections each one a new learning opportunity. There is more to connected learning than what you see in this project, Think that it's just the beginning Information management will be a major challenge in the 21st century RSS makes it possible for anyone to subscribe to just about any changing content on the internet. New syncronous communication tools are emerging nearly every day. All of these tools make it easier for our student to connect with new contents and learn effectively from those he already knows. So, why does he even need a teacher you ask? good question! She's the one who teaches him how to build this network and take advantage of learning opportunities. She offers guidance when he gets stuck, She shows him how to communicate properly and ask respectfully help from experts She shows him how to differentiate between good information and propaganda how to vet a resource, how to turn a websearch into a scavanger hunt and get excited when he finds that pearl of content She helps him organize those mountains of information In her heart she hopes that when he leaves her class he¡ll maintain his learning network and use it to navigate his future. and creatively solve the worlds problems. These are the skills he will need in the 21st century This has been a connectivism production subtitles by advancedenglish2 class (http://advancedenglish2.wordpress.com)

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Duration: 5 minutes and 9 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: advancedenglish2 on May 18, 2009

Personal Learning Environment and Connectivism

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