6-A-3 Responding to Connectivism

The following is a link to a wiki that was created on a position against connectivism in the classroom:

 https://summer14-bce-01.wikispaces.com/Group+C+6-A-1

 I read on this wiki that, “students tend to find networks similar to oneself instead of learning from people with different experiences and views. When creating a connectivist classroom, teachers turn into effective facilitators as they guide their students through many learning experiences. Yes, I do believe that students tend to work with students who have similar learning styles as them, but as a teacher, we teach our students to branch out and to try new things. As an effective facilitator, the teacher will help students create networks that challenge their work habits, learning styles, and thinking. Teachers that agree with connectivism understand that teaching methods and tools continuously change and therefore, the need to change too. I believe that using technology, teachers will provide their students with so many networks and learning opportunities, that it is impossible for students to only work with others who have the same style and networks as they do.

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3 thoughts on “6-A-3 Responding to Connectivism

  1. The argument that students might only work with those similar to me also caused me to stop and think. It’s true that students gravitate toward those who they have much in common with and tend to form cliques and then not look outside of them. However, the point you make it an excellent one – that’s where the teacher steps in. The teacher will act as a facilitator, moving students out of their comfort zones and facilitating new network connections. I’ve found that connectivism discussions often focus on the learners, but we can’t forget that the teacher is also part of the learning network. Like you mentioned, teachers will help students to branch out and expand their networks.

  2. Jessica,
    I also think that students can learn so much more from other students with different learning styles, views, and experiences. Teachers have the ability to be able to broaden their students’ educational nodes and therefore giving them many opportunities to learn and grow from a wide range of others. The technology that we have today certainly helps teachers to easily expand the learning networks for their students. Just look at the networks we have connected within this class!

  3. I agree that students tend to gravitate toward students with same learning styles when it comes to collaboration. Isn’t it our job to get them out of their comfort zone? After all, that’s what they can expect in the work force!

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