The Network Student
Why does the network student even need a teacher? A teacher is the one who tells him how to build this network and how to take advantage of all the great opportunities it can provide. She can show him how to communicate and how to ask for help respectively when it is needed. She also shows him how to differentiate between good information and bad.
His teacher uses connectivism which is learning that occurs through many diverse networks and ties. The teacher encourages her students to take control of their learning and meet other people who will contribute and strengthen their learning environment. Personal learning networks seem like such an amazing way to research and save information that yourself and others might want to view later. I had never heard of a personal learning network until recently, but I think it sounds amazing. When I first read about them, I thought back to college and high school and all the research papers I wrote and how much I would have benefited from a P.L.E.
Are you prepared to be the teacher of a network student? I love the idea of a personal learning network. I truly believe this is a concept children would not forget, it would be something they used forever. But, I don’t think I am ready to be a teacher of a network student, not yet at least. I know this class has helped me a great deal so far, I can’t even imagine what we will do towards the end of the class. Once I graduate from college I hope to be a teacher who could use personal learning networks to excite and inspire my students, I know they would enjoy the opportunities and they would learn so much from the experience.
7th Grade Personal Learning Environment
Well I have to admit, my 7th grade science class was nothing like the girl’s in this videos, I wish it had been though. She seems like an extremely bright little girl. Her personal learning environment as she called it is an invaluable tool she uses in her science class. She says that it has allowed more freedom for her and her fellow students. They are able to decide how and when to do their work, which allows more creativity and responsibility in my opinion. She also made the comment that having a PLE makes them more responsible because they are allowed to play online but they also really want to get their work done to show everyone else the results they have come up with.