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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Develop a PLN

Develop a PLN

15 Interesting Ways to use a Visualiser in the Classroom

15 Interesting Ways to use a Visualiser in the Classroom

Cool, but what the heck is a visualizer? Oh, I see. It's a document camera.

Thought experiment on social networked learning (Connectivism) « Connectivism

Thought experiment on social networked learning (Connectivism) « Connectivism

Intriguing posts about Connectivism and the ways we learn. I'm especially intrigued by the concept of being able to see people's knowledge. Wouldn't that be something! The end of the black box. In the world described, I think we would see a blending of knowledge. You would see someone's thought bubble and absorb some of the knowledge. In my minds eye, I can see a collective consciousness bubble and each individual's knowledge bubble constantly changing and merging. What seems to be missing in the post is how our knowledge is impacted by technology...

Resolution

I think it was Stephen Downes of Connectivism fame who issued a challenge to educators to reflect on our practice by committing to creating 50 blog posts.

I can't find Downe's post, but it seems a good idea especially for me to accept his challenge since I teach a graduate level class in which all the students create a blog. Creating a blog is no sweat. What is hard is the care and feeding of a blog.

In the past, I've struggled with the purpose of a blog. I mean, will the blog provide information or what? Downes helped me with the purpose part -- the purpose is to reflect on what I'm learning and what I'm teaching. This blog is for me. It is a place to park all the links and interesting things I find and it is a place to reflect. Perhaps it will become a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).

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