Does connectivism support your students?



"An individual can do significantly more with the aid of a computer than was ever possible in the past" - George Siemens (qtd. from The Changing Nature of Knowledge, 2007).


In an article titled "Preparing Kids for Future 'STEM' Jobs," Brian Fitzgerald (2007) says that "For today’s junior high student, his or her jobs have neither been defined nor categorized." We know that as educators we are preparing kids for jobs that have yet to be created. Connectivism is an essential component of preparing our kids for their futures. George Siemens (2006) says, "Our ability to learn what we need to know is more important than what we know today." We are not capable to teaching kids all of the skills that they are going to need to compete in the future job market, however, we can provide them the skills that they will need to create and manage new networks that will help them to adapt to and assimilate in that job market.
Connectivism embraces educational beliefs that many of us already hold. We know that different kids learn in different ways. Connectivism accounts for the fact that learning occurs in many different ways and is increasingly becoming more reliant on technology. When we think how drastically the process of seeking information has changed over the last ten years, we see how drastically education has changed, or in some cases is in the process of changing. We are now getting our information through connecting to blogs, wikis, web searches, emails, podcasts, vodcasts, screencasts, etc. Connectivism is truly a learning theory of the digital age .


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