Wendy Drexler: The Networked Student
The Networked Student was created by Wendy Drexler with inspiration from George Siemens and Stephen Downes 2008 Connectivism course. The concept map in the video was influenced by Alec Couro's Networked Teacher, and the video features a project done by some of Wendy's students. The artwork was done by Alex Drexler.
Wendy Drexler did a great job demonstrating on how being connected is crucial and helpful in becoming a lifelong learner and educator. According to this video, "connectivism is a theory that presumes that learning occurs as part of a social network of many diverse connections and ties." Basically this video tells the story of a student that takes a psychology class with a professor of connectivsm. There are no lectures and no textbooks!
One may ask, why does a student of connectivism need a teacher? Drexler highlights that the teacher of connectivism, "empowers her students to take control of their learning and make new connections with others who will strengthen the learning process." Therefore, the teacher is there to show the students the skills to search, validate credibility, and create the network. She is there to help build the network, offer guidance when a student needs help, teaches the students how to communicate effectively and properly. This includes how to address other respectfully. The teacher would also be there to point the students in the direction to find different and reliable information.
Another part that stood out was when the student arranged a live video chat with his classmates and an expert. "It never hurts to ask. People usually love to share their knowledge and expertise, especially with students." I'll keep this in mind on my intellectual micro computing journey.
A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment. This was a cool video! I loved the freedom that the student had to explore what she wanted to explore. The note taking application seemed useful and effective as well. I liked how it automatically documented the source of the notes. Sometimes that can take forever to record or find again! She seemed to enjoy having the opportunity to learn through the internet and connect with experts through Skype or email to validate her information. Thanks for sharing this informative video. This course is exposing me to more technology that I had not even thought about when it came to connecting and teaching.
Her personal learning environment and more freedom to explore and learn whatever she would like. It has many helpful applications to encourage organization. Her information center is mostly internet. Mine, on the other hand, involves class time, lectures, bookwork, and note taking. I need to write the notes. It is my personal study technique that works best; and believe me, I've tried others. Also, I get most of my information predominantly from my textbooks. There is not much freedom. I am also tested. The video did not mention how she was evaluated through her learning environment. I look forward to incorporate and utilize all of these helpful applications to effectively learn and study.