Teachers Changing the Way We Read, Write, Think, and Live
When we think about learners we think of the connections and networks that anyone of any age can learn from, well at least I do! We have a long way to go still in order to achieve these connections in a school setting. According to Will Richardson from Learning on the Blog, “We are still about control, not sharing. We are still about distribution, not aggregation. We are still about closed content rather than open. We are static, not fluid." Meaning that schools are more about traditional methods (control) of teaching instead of blogging (sharing) and other methods like so. Also, there is a closed content meaning a set content that must be taught, rather than open concept.
Students are off creating their own personal networks. While the creation of these learning networks are not happening in schools, the learners learning from what others share on their own networks by creating a Personal Learning Community outside of the classroom.
When we think of collaboration most people think about group work. There is other ways! Students want to collaborate in a fun way such as on a learning network. Students can take networking to a whole new level if given the opportunity. Very few students actually get this chance though, especially if teachers are not educated in networking themselves. Richardson says when talking about our teachers, and their understanding of technology, "they understand little about what it means to be either in a world that is more globally interconnected." This affects the student when it comes to being networked. If students were able to practice networking in a collaborative environment then they would learn so much. How this affects the students is if not one is teaching them how to use these networks or that the teachers aren't sure how to work something than the students will never have the opportunity to share their knowledge and learn from others knowledge.