Wendy Dexler – The Networked Student
The video corresponds to a teaching method used in the 21st century. Networking is becoming a real idol to use in the 21st century, and the video suggest a way to use networking in a classroom setting. Wendy Dexler’s high school students take a course called Connectivism, by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Connectivism is described in the video, as a theory that believes learning occurs as a social network of different people and ties. Wendy Dexter uses this course for her classroom setting to help teach her students the importance of networking, in the 21st century.
The video tells us about a student in college who creates his own network for learning. His class does not use a textbook, and only meets three days out of the week. His network corresponds to his major; he uses sources such as Google Scholars, Blogs, Podcasts, Wikispaces, and more to learn about his major. After he learns, through other sources, he shares his knowledge with the world using his own network. He also posts his own material, and uses the sources to make sure he is correct about his work.
The 21st Century network uses broad connections like, Information Management, RSS, Synchronization, and Contacts. All of these connections are used around the world in the 21st century. Students can pretty much teach themselves through today’s technology. They mention in the video, that the teachers are there to help students find these sources. If they have a problem, teachers should be able to answer and help them get to where they need to be. I find Connectivism course great for high school students, not so much for middle school or lower. In middle school I think we should have them start learning the connections, but not to make their own personal network. This is great to use for the last two years in high school, because it gives the students an advantage in college later in their future. I would not use this in my grade level classroom setting, however I will still use RSS or other learning connections.
Welcome to PLE: Mr. H’s 7th Grade Student
This video shows, through the help of Wendy Dexter, a seventh grader’s personal learning environment. Her PLE is very similar to our edm310 PLN. It is the home page showing different sites the users visit often. It helps to just click straight to a recent site, rather than typing a URL. It is similar to bookmarking, and the student uses Symbaloo for creating her personal environment. Her PLE is similar to my PLN because, it consists of the same criteria. The only difference is my PLN is not fully filled with sites, like the seventh grade students is, but I am working on it