What is connectivism??
This is a term that is completely new to me, and I decided to do more research on the topic. I found that I really liked the concept behind it. Connectivism is a way of allowing students to “take control of their learning” and connect with other learners (through an online or digital setting). Students are tasked with sharing their knowledge and learning from others they may already know.
This topic can be connected to many other topics in the educational technology realm. Connectivism takes advantage of all the technologies that the digital age has come to offer. Students can search the web, write/read blogs, make VoiceThreads, collaborate through Google Docs, and many other things.
The teacher takes on the role of a facilitator. The teacher shows the students how to search the internet effectively and decide what information is relevant and reliable. The teacher also helps students connect, teaches them how to be respectful of other students, and ways to properly interact.
As educators, this is an important concept to consider. Is the textbook and curriculum really the “be all, end all,” or is it just a means that can be replaced with authentic learning. I tend to agree with the latter statement. The textbook and curriculum is there to support the teacher and the student. It shouldn’t be the only means to teaching.
I really like the ideas behind connectivism. Students are able to do research for themselves. They make the decisions regarding what is important and usable. They are then able to show their learning in their own way. (This appeals to using multiple means of expression.) However, I do think that students still need the personal contact with other students. I don’t think this type of learning should completely replace face to face contact. Students still need to learn how to interact with other students/people face to face. That is something that can’t really be done digitally.
What are your thoughts?