We are letting our kids fall.
You need four in a row to win, but we are missing the final piece. The education system is not winning, unless being last for developed nations is acceptable to people. It is not acceptable to me.
WHERE WE SEEM TO BE STUCK RIGHT NOW…..
Constructivism Learning Theory and how learning occures– With this theory, we create, within a notebook, an organization of the ideas and content from a conversation. We are limited to the mind and lecture for information on charting this new knowledge and adding hand drawn photos to better show the knowledge. Socially, this way of learning can be on a one to one basis with the teacher leading lecture, or the students can be involved with one another. However this is limited to the people in the classroom.
WHERE WE COULD BE TAKING OUR STUDENTS…..
Connectivism Learning Theory and how learning occurs- we can take new knowledge and create a blog, taking the actual documents and connecting them to our own personal ideas. Using the web for photos or Youtube for videos, we can add relevant material that came from another source (cited correctly and with permission of course) and make this new knowledge visible to the class. For example, check out this link! I was able to use Google to further look into this learning theory. Technology made that possible for me. Socially, the way of involving technology in this learning theory is not limited to those in the room, but those with the ability to look at your blog, the number are endless. It could be students in the same class two hours later or students in a class 2 countries over. It could even be students in a class on the other side of the world.
Did you check out that link? According to Downes, “Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age. Learning has changed over the last several decades. The theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism provide an effective view in many learning environments. They fall shot, however, when learning moves more into informal, networked, technology-enabled arena” (2011).
This link had a very important point that ties back into informal learning. “Principles of motivation and rapid decision making often determine whether or not a learner will actuate known principals” (2011). When was the last time you took a class and felt motivated?
“Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinions” (2011). If we are to take this theory of Connectivism and are actually to apply it, because going from theory to practice is the biggest step, where do we start. This quote ties into this idea. Social networks and blogs, like the one you are reading right now, are allowing us to share our opinions. We can express our opinions. We can publish our opinions. We have have our opinions read. We learn from reading others blogs. We learn from commenting back and forth about a topic in a blog. The more diverse the blogs, the more there is to talk about, the more there is to learn.
“Learning happens in many different ways. Courses, emails, communities, conversations, web search, email lists, reading blogs, etc. Courses are not the primary conduit for learning” (2011).
So what are you waiting for? Turn your computer on and start exploring!