The Networked Student
Wendy Drexler created The Networked Student to better explain connectivism. Connectivism is the theory in which learning occurs as part of a social network with many people connecting through technology. This video talks about a high school student with a Personal Learning Environmentsthat highly resembles students in EDM 310. EDM 310 students are learning through Personal Learning Network. This student only goes to the school one day a week and the rest is completed online. Textbooks will soon be in the past and using Connectivism will introduce students to more extensive ways to gain knowledge.
Sites mentioned throughout the video are helpful when researching. Many of us hasn't made the connection that iTunes has access to audio and video pod-casts that are not only entertaining but also educational. In the video the student used his resources to view lectures made by different professors around the world. He can reuse information he found in blogs to educate his followers. The network student has to use information management daily. He has to be able to know the difference between his Google, Delicious, and Skype accounts. Classroom time falls around this.
Why do we need a teacher? Why not Google it? Google has answers for just about everything but we still need teachers. Teachers are there for guidance and they help students communicate properly with the world. A teacher catches the mistakes a student would make throughout a blog whereas Google will not. A teacher also shows the student what information is worth having and sharing when Google gives students the good, the bad, and the ugly! Teachers will be around even when technology takes over. People have to have guidance, Don't they?