What is the role of a teacher? Is it the person who knows the content and provides it to the students? We will agree with this idea. Teachers are currently mastering their content area to be able to lead their classroom with confidence and knowledge. So if it is the teachers job to get information to the students, what is the best way to do it? Now, some will argue, as seen before in this class, that the current way of presenting information to students is like taking a step backwards in time. So how does a teacher take a step forward? Meet the Networked Teacher.
Take a second and see what all connects to you as a future teacher, the networked teacher. This class has shown the importance of being connected. We have studied Connectivism Learning Theory (and it was discussed in a previous blog by me) where we can take new knowledge and create a blog , taking the actual documents and connecting them to our own personal ideas.
So how does this play into this photo above? What are the possibilities? We can use video conferences to have our students talk to same age students across the world. Social networking sites can allow for students to create communities within their peers to relay information. The ability for students to blog about their ideas and bring in popular media to share with readers. Chat can allow for a student that has missed class to be able to catch up or ask questions. These are just a few of the ideas circling the networked teacher. So what makes it happen? The teacher.