Theory to Practice-Like Connect 4 Yo!

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!

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About heyamoose12

I am a Secondary Education major with a focus in English. I swim for the University of Maine and love to sketch and write on the side. I am a huge movie fan and love to go out with friends!
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4 Responses to Theory to Practice-Like Connect 4 Yo!

  1. Solid blog here, Linda, great metaphor using the “connect four” missing piece statement. Great layout, as well. What I mean is, right under your title, you capture attention by saying, rather bluntly: “We are letting our kids fail.”. You discuss the problem, an explanation and what a solution could possibly do. The video you inserted also was interesting.

    “The more diverse the blogs, the more there is to talk about, the more there is to learn.”
    I feel that quote. It’s true. Diversity is key in opening minds in different ways.

  2. heyamoose12 says:

    I think diversity would also allow for other ways of presenting information. A conversation happening on one of my other blogs is about how we are limited by technology.

    “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).

    I think it is interesting that classes are still using powerpoint as the main “technological advances” in presenting information.

    • Kelsi McHugh says:

      I find it so interesting that teachers still use power points too, they are completely boring and make me want to pull my hair out! I am not quite sure if a power point is considered “utilizing technology” anymore. There are a number of things that could be done differently. Power points do not connect students in anyway. We would be much better off to skip the slide show and have a discussion all class long, it sure would keep my attention more! Glad you brought up that point!

      The titles of your blogs are great, and pull me in every time! If I had known this blog was about connectivism I probably would have chosen a different one too read because I wouldn’t have thought a blog on this topic could be interesting. You made this blog creative and it was not boring to read at all, great job!

  3. Excellent post! Your blog is an important node for our network! Your conversation about constructivism is interesting and insightful. Your analysis of connectivism takes the theory to an accessible level also. I like how you are “teaching” in your post! Your use of Stephen Downes adds weight to your excellent insights and research….a good choice here!

    Would like to hear more on the quote “Principles of motivation and rapid decision making often determine whether or not a learner will actuate known principals”

    What role does self motivation play in learning? Is lack of motivation a learned construct to you? How easy do you think it will be to remedy once traditional “school structures” are replaced?

    Much more to say here, but will go for now.

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