Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog Assignment # 7

On "The Networked Student" by Wendy Drexler
It is interesting to learn how a student can succeed in a class that meets in person and online, has no textbook, and a teacher that rarely lectures.For decades, we have been taught that school is a place where students sit in desks and listen to a teacher speak in front of the class for hours. But this isn't necessarily the only way to teach. Drexler says students can teach themselves by doing their own research for accredited websites, using direct communication with experts in an area, and using RSS (or really simple syndication).
At one point in the video the question is posed: "why does a networked student even need a teacher?". The answer is this: the teacher is there for guidance, and to help the student get started and understand. Also, there is obviously specific information the teacher wants his or her students to learn and get out of the class. Without a teacher, students could get on the wrong track or mistake inaccurate information for a reliable source. This could lead to publication of incorrect information on a blog or social network, making the student look bad.
My first reaction to this was very negative. This is due to the fact, as I said before, that we are accustomed to the typical teacher-in-front-of-the-class scenario. But I think student networking is a wonderful idea. It teaches students to do their own research, have informed opinions, and make connections with people in or out of their area of expertise. I think I could be a networked teacher with more exposure to the idea. I believe it is a more efficient way of teaching students to be able to seek information and do good research on their own.
On A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment
This video depicts a seventh grade student's PLE. She is able to keep up with all of the resources she uses to do research, along with projects and other assignments, on one page. She has organized these links into a section for school and a section for home (including her Facebook account, email, etc.) I like to keep the websites and online tools I use for school in a bookmark list that's titled appropriately.


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  2. I like how you talked about how students learn with different styles of learning. I also mention in my blog post how this style of learning will help students who learn in other ways than just reading. I agree that teachers will continue to be needed to guide the students. However, I did find a few grammatical errors. In the second sentence of this post instead of saying “for students to learn on their own”… it should say, "for students to be able to learn on their own.” In the second paragraph the sentence, “One thing about this system though is that it is forcing students to take an initiative.” I would change it to, “One thing about this system, it forces students to take an initiative.” In the third paragraph of your post the last sentence you used “the our”, you need to pick the one you want to use. In the last paragraph in the sentence, “A PLE organizes a students resources…” I would change it to, “A PLE organizes students resources…” Other than these grammatical errors this is a thoughtful written post.

  3. Laura,

    I noticed you do not have clickable links in this post. Be sure to fix this! Otherwise, good job on this post. You definitely understand the importance of a teacher in the 21st century!