Wendy Drexler: The Networked Student
In this video, the idea of connectivism is presented. What is connectivism? It is a theory that presumes that learning occurs as part of a social network of many diverse connections and ties. The student in the works on a project based on connectivism. First, he makes a personal learning network. Next, he finds valid websites on his topic. After he finds a useful website, he puts it onto his social bookmarking sight. Next, the student looks at other people's blog on the subject. If he sees that he is more informed, then he will write on the person's blog the information he has found. Also, the student blogs on his own website what he has learned. Next, the student dowloads podcast from worthy professors onto his ipod for listening. Later, he comes across a documentary relating to his project topic. He then calls the filmmaker and arranges a Skype interview between the class and the filmmaker. Sounds like a great project!
At the end of the video, it mentions what the teaching does in this situation. The teacher is more of a mentor. She helps the student establish learning network, pick the right from wrong, helps him filter information, communicate properly, and also helps organize the information. It doesn't even sound like a teacher anymore. In this situation, the student is still the learner but the internet is the teacher.
There are some things I like and dislike about this situation. If the teacher only has the irresponsibility of doing the duties that were stated above, then there would be hardly any point for them to go to college. All they would have to do is take a class on how to be a good mentor. Eventually, the only people who would contain and teach information would be professionals of that particular study. If all schools used this method, would it put too much work on the student? What would the curriculum look like? What it be a success?