6-A-3 Responding to Connectivism

Look at the education in your life and compare the way your parents learned, to how you were taught, and to how you currently teach.  All very different methods and tools are being used to enhance learning.  For example, when my mom was in school, she was taught through strictly lecture and teacher centered classrooms.  When I was in school, we rarely used technology but our classroom student centered.  Today, students are using new technologies like graphing calculators, blended learning experiences, and opportunities to connect with others throughout the nation (and world).  My mom’s learning experience would not work for today’s student.  They would be bored and lacking the skills and experiences needed for college and career readiness.

Group A (supporters of connectivism) states that “In a connectivist classroom, teachers must recognize that teaching methods and tools are constantly changing and educators need to change with them.”  In my opinion, this is true for all types of classrooms.  The way students learn and the learning environment has certainly changed due to technology.  Since technology, teaching strategies, learning settings and resources are constantly changing, we need to be educating ourselves on these things in order to provide a high quality instruction.  Our job is to give the students the opportunities to learn and grow through the use of these new technologies.  As Bill Gates stated, “Technology is just a tool.  In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.”

 

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2 thoughts on “6-A-3 Responding to Connectivism

  1. I agree with the fact that teachers must change to keep up in today’s world of ever changing technology and implement it into their lesson plans, but we also must keep in mind that all students are not that comfortable with it or have access to it. I think that teachers need to adapt to the different learning styles of students and ensure that there are multiple options for learning. Great thought provoking idea.

  2. Indeed, teachers are no longer the “sages on the stages.” As we seek to facilitate students we need to be open to new methods and multiple perspectives that might create disequilibrium for us and our students. We are preparing students for what is becoming an increasingly “flat world” according to Thomas L. Friedman, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKfaVCVC8aM#t=40, and for careers that we cannot even envision, yet! Without exposure to collaboration and networking, students cannot strengthen these skills and develop comfort levels or expertise.

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