Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Module 4 - Connectivism

According to Siemens (2004), the main principle of Connectivism is that learning is a process of connecting different information sources. The objective is to make learning sustainable . The idea that one can learn more is more important than what is already known. Being able to pin down the connections between concepts and disciplines is seen as the most important skill.
Being in my mid-thirties, I have had times where we did not have computer at home, times when no one had cell phones and an era without internet. All these networks contributed profoundly in my knowledge database.
Internet was not only a field by itself providing easy access to information but also it was a connector between other nods such as my friends network and academic network, or personal friends and colleagues.
My iPad is the only technological took that I think I can never quit using. It is my primary internet access tool and I have almost all of my books in it either in iBooks or kindle app. Being very handy and its battery lasting too long makes it an inseparable part of my life.
When I have questions, the first thing I do is to "google" it on my cell phone. The information it returns is most of the time reliable and it is so fast. If I am seeking an answer to an academic issue, again I either use google scholar or walden library to find academic publications regarding the matter. Day by day the apps on mobile devices are containing more profound and more useful information and they already became networks for many individuals.


References

Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved on July 23, 2014 from http://www.ingedewaard.net/papers/connectivism/2005_siemens_ALearningTheoryForTheDigitalAge.pdf

3 comments:

  1. I also would have a tough time if I no longer had my iPad - personally, educationally, and for my business. I am 47 now and I still remember the first video game (Pong) when it came out. My sister and I used to spend hours hitting back that little virtual ball. However, I would not be able to pick just one technology that I would struggle without having. I admit I am spoiled (even though I pay for all of my technology) but I love my gizmos and gadgets.

    Great post!

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  2. The iPad is great, I do not happen to have one, but one of my sons works for Apple and he has one. I was lucky to have children that understand the tech that is around them, but it is also nice to know they are available when their mom needs help with one of her new toys.

    I do not know if you have ever seen a movie called Soylent Green before, but it was a film from 1973. In that film, directed by Richard Fleischer, a future cop from the year 2022, played by Charlton Heston needs information that is not available. He goes to a man who is called “the Book” (played by Edward G. Robinson) to get information. He is called the book because, unlike the other people of that time period, he had read a lot of books, has a fantastic memory that can recall facts, and has access to a bunch of old paper books that nobody really knows how to find anything in. The film is supposed to be post-apocalypse so everything messed up. I will not tell you what happens to “the Book” at the end of the film, but what it does make a statement about is; “What happens if we have to go without our technology? Will we still know how to find information, calculate a problem, or even survive without all the gizmos?”

    Technology is great, it helps us do a lot of stuff, but we should never forget how to get along without it because there may come a day when we or our dependents, might have to do without them.

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  3. Hello,
    This blog took me back to an activity I did in class where the students had to respond to what they knew about certain words. I used words like record player, floppy disc, and stereo. The responses were remarkable. The students had no idea what the items listed were and we had a great time going over and explaining them.

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