Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blog Post #7

"The Networked Student"

This video explains, to viewers, how the 21st century of education will be. They have a student who is doing a project for their American Psychology class. Everything is done on the internet, there is no need for a book. He only attends class 3 days a week and 2 days online. The teacher barely ever lectures, instead she uses "Connectivism" which is " learning that occurs as part of a social network of many diverse connections and ties". The student has to build his own personal network, then find information on Google scholar, or their school's website. He can also look at other people's blog post about any topic to see their opinions. After he makes his own blog post anyone in the world can see his post. There are tons of ways students can learn effectively using the 21st Century Network.

21st Century Education

"Why does the networked student even need a teacher?"

 The teacher teaches her students how to make their own network, and to see all the opportunities they have for learning. The teacher shows them how to find accurate information, organize their network, communicate, and comment on other's post properly, and much more! Hopefully the students will use these skills to better their future.

"Am I ready to be a network teacher?"

Yes I am ready. I don't really have a choice after watching the videos in EDM 310! It looks like it is going to happen even if I don't want it to. I really wouldn't mind only having class 3 days a week. I still don't care for education being all done on a computer. It still seems very weird to me, but I think I would get use to it. It just seems crazy to me thinking of correcting my students or giving them guidance over a computer, instead of in person. But I think eventually I will end up liking it.

The Difference between PLE and PLN?

I think a PLE and PLN are similar in several ways. It seems, to me, that a student can personalize their PLE more than their PLN. It shows in the video, "Welcome to my PLE!" that students can use PLE for other purposes, rather than just educational such as social networks, games, and music. The student can put the items, that they enjoy, all on their PLE. A PLN is used more for only learning purposes only. Students can find great information, and videos, from some of the best professors in the world. On a PLN you can read anyone's blog to get ideas for your own project. PLN is associated more with the teacher.


  1. Very well written! It took me awhile to find something to criticize! There are a few missing commas like after "hopefully," and "yes,". It may improve readability. There are also a few sentences that may need to be split up like: " The teacher teaches her students how to make their own network, and to see all the opportunities they have for learning." Thank you for the good read!

  2. Rachel,

    This is a well written post. I agree that being a virtual teacher would definitely take some getting used to. It is more difficult to determine when students are cheating as well. These are a few issues that we will have to address as more classes move to a virtual setting.