Sunday, June 19, 2011
Blog Assignment #6
Am I prepared to be the teacher of a networked student??...What a loaded question. Especially as I am still discovering what a networked student is. As a lover of all things communication, how can I possibly not be intrigued by the possibilities of "connectivism."
This response is after watching the video The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler. As an educator, I am further discovering that the teacher must be the "influencer." Drexler's video posed a question, "Why does the networked student even need a teacher?" The video further defined the teacher as a modeler and architect of learning opportunities. The the twenty first century teacher will be a guide as the learner navigates through his own learning experiences.
One of the comments left on Ms. Drexler's blog expressed fear that the teacher might become obsolete. I believe the teacher will never be obsolete. Without an architect the dynamic classroom will not have infrastructure. The content changes, the connections increase, but the principles of learning remain the same.
Comments on A 7th Grader's PLE (one of Wendy Drexler's networked students):
Please allow me to take a break from all this intellectual conversation for just a moment and tell you how I really feel.
A seventh grader, Wow!! Here are some terms that are newly defined for me over the last three weeks:
EDM; URL; RSS; HTML; PLE; PLN: WIKI; ALT
In a word,
Critiques of Smartboards:
I am glad that I did not have to be fed a one-sided argument. I have never taught using an interactive whiteboard. I know I will have the opportunity soon. As part of this assignment I read four articles on the cons of these smart boards. I also read several articles with the opposite side of the argument. One article I found was particularly good because it described the usefulness in many different subjects. http://technology-to-enhance-ed.wikispaces.com/Teaching+with+Smart+Boards
Most educators agree that the Smartboard seems to help many different learning styles. They also agree that the Smartboad is "wow" technology. The biggest argument is that having the technology does not negate success in learning. Schools should not buy a whiteboard so the teacher can simply do something she already has a cheaper tool to do.