Rethinking Learning and Technology

Debbie Kroeker

A concerned-and-careful blogger examines the wonders of technology as it relates to her digital footprint, personal learning environment, and teaching. Come along for the ride! [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: 2011-04-21T12:39:14.030-0

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Thoughts on Connectivism
, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Apr 14, 2011
To wrap up the CCK11 course, I created a short video with my thoughts on 21st century education and connectivism. I used Eric Whitacre's virtual choir in my video (along with its music) because to me it is the ultimate metaphor (and reality) of what can happen in the today's networked world. The idea of people from all over the world collaborating with their voices to make stunning music really hits it on the head. And, to take it a step further, I found out about Eric Whitacre'... 2011-04-14T12:50:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Never Stop Dancing
, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Apr 01, 2011
The other day, George Siemens mentioned Terry Anderson's dance metaphor as it relates to learning and pedagogy so I tracked down Anderson's paper on the subject and enjoyed every minute of it with today's morning coffee. It's a must-read for those looking for practical ways to incorporate Siemens' principles of connectivism into the design of modern, networked distance education programs. Anderson's dance metaphor suggests that technology "... 2011-03-31T19:16:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Making Sense of Connectivism with a Concept Map
, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Mar 31, 2011
Created by Debbie Kroeker for CCK11 using CMAP 2011-03-31T09:17:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

A Power Shift
, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Mar 24, 2011
Maybe yesterday's post was a mistake: Snap's "I've Got the Power" has been running through my head for a full 24 hours now (yes, I am certain the song entered my dreams) since my post on power yesterday. It's all fine and well for me to smugly proclaim I've got power over my learning, as I go through my days with hot showers, a job, and a couple computers in my heated house. This morning, I woke up ... 2011-03-24T15:48:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

I've Got the Power
, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Mar 23, 2011
In this interview with Gary Olson, Paulo Freire describes how the authority and "arrogance" of the teacher interferred in his learning by causing inhibition. Similarly, I can recall not grasping concepts in school because I didn't have the courage to put up my hand and ask, perhaps because I was insecure or perhaps because it would insult them by showing they hadn't explained it well enough. After all, the silence of the other students made it seem that they had all understood. ... 2011-03-23T13:02:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Changing Roles of Educators (for CCK11)
Debbie Kroeker, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Mar 15, 2011
As an EAL educator to internationally-educated nurses who are scattered throughout rural Manitoba, I have been given no choice but to embrace technology as a way to reach them. If my dream could come true, education would be as networked as a Filipino BBQ. But, first, how has the role of the educator changed? Traditionally, educators stood at the front of the classroom and told students exactly what they needed to learn and dictated how they would learn it. Teachers were the experts on ... 2011-03-14T23:38:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Networks are More Effective than Groups
Debbie Kroeker, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Mar 15, 2011
Photo by Stephen Downes We are all aware of groups. They require unity, possibly through a vision statement or common goal. They are coordinated and often closed, sometimes requiring membership or cut-off points based on numbers. Think of sports teams, church groups, AA, Weight Watchers, or even your book club. Knowledge is distributed; it comes from a leader - a chairperson or a coordinator. Networks are a kind of group, but they are distinct in that they are defined by diversity. They ... 2011-03-12T16:28:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Connectivism is Making Us Smarter
Debbie Kroeker, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Feb 25, 2011
Today, I stumbled up a a study called Your Brain on Google where the brain activity in two groups were studied in an MRI while performing a traditional text reading task and then an internet search task. The "net naive" group (those who were relatively new to internet searches) and the "net savvy" group (those with more extensive experience with internet searches) performed at the same level in the traditional reading task; however, in the internet search task, the net savvy ... 2011-02-25T18:26:00 [Comment]

It's a Small World, After All
Debbie Kroeker, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Feb 16, 2011
What makes connectivism unique? I was just at DisneyWorld with my entire family of 19, reliving the last time my parents took us there. I was 8 years old and the only "ride" I wanted to go on was "It's a Small World". So, in my excitement, I dragged my children (and entire family) onto a ride that celebrates diversity and connectedness rather than immediately giving them the solo-rider experience of Space Mountain and other roller coasters. I didn't want to ... 2011-02-11T16:23:00 [Comment]

Connective Tissue and Information
Debbie Kroeker, Rethinking Learning and Technology, Feb 09, 2011
I came to this week's CCK11 Elluminate session knowing that connective tissue is, simply put, that which holds our body together. I take my connective tissue for granted most days. Don't we all? But, if you think of it, it would be impossible to exist without it since it "supports, anchors, and connects" the different parts of our bodies, while providing flexibility and order. The more we exercise our connective tissue (bones, tendons and ligaments), the stronger it ... 2011-02-03T16:56:00 [Comment]

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