Practical Connectivism for Teachers, TIOD10
It’s the change underlying these tools that I’m trying to emphasize. Forget blogs…think open dialogue. Forget wikis…think collaboration. Forget podcasts…think democracy of voice. Forget RSS/aggregation…think personal networks. Forget any of the tools…and think instead of the fundamental restructuring of how knowledge is created, disseminated, shared, and validated.
George Siemens explains and shows some examples of the practical ways to adopt connectivism in classrooms in the K-12 education system
Great content IS important, but only if there is also a functioning and active community working together to learn, create and share. Otherwise, all that takes place is content dissemination. And that’s not education…”
So how do I encourage, facilitate or support the formation of a community of learners amongst my students? If knowledge is in the network, how do I work with the network in my role of a ‘teacher’?
Principles of Connectivism
– Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinions.
– Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
– Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
– Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known.
– Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
– Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
– Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
– Decision-making itself is a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision