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Reflection September 29th
September 30, 2009, 3:03 am
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Roots of Connectivism

George Siemens

George was our presenter tonight and has some very interesting information check him out on his blog and his online course.

Some points I would like to reflect on:

Learning Networks

1. There was some talk about people learn through making things “Creative Experimentation” – this is what we as teachers need to do, isn’t it? we need to become more familiar with new media by “Playing”.  I think this is the best way to learn! This is how I learn. If you want to create a website but never have, you can be given notes but it isn’t until you start playing around with the program that you actually learn how it is used.

2. Network learning takes a look at the concept of knowledge. We communicate in a way to support each other learning. We create social networks based on what we have been exposed to.  We pick our media by eliminating what doesn’t apply to us.  We can gain so much information that can be overwhelming but when we narrow down what we actually need and what applies to what we are teaching, we can narrow down the information. There was a back channel comment that stated – We depend on the internet – we lose our minds…. Does this mean we lose our minds in a sense that it is information overload or does it mean that we lose our minds, as in we are not using them? What do you think? I would have to say we can gain way more information from the internet and can learn so much. We just have to find the right learning networks and control what we need so that it doesn’t become to overwhelming. We have so much information at our finger tips that we never had years before, we are very privileged to live in a life of knowledge at the tips of our fingers.

3. Exist Now: The difficulties in resonance – that one idea works for one person and the same idea doesn’t work for another person.  Why do people get involved and why don’t they? I think it depends on where a person is in their lives, what has happened? What have they learned? What kinds of interest do they have? Isn’t this why different ideas don’t all relate to people in the same way?

4. Sense Making: How do we get people to make sense? We do by participating, if we participate things can start to make sense. This is still a topic that I’m getting use to for my first on line class, and the Lurkers. Sounds so funny. How do you get them to participate? Do they need to be participating? Are they not still learning if they are not participating in the back channel. I saw someone post that they don’t think of themselves as lurkers but they also don’t participate in class, they will add their own point to the conversation when it comes. If this person is still blogging and adding comments to others blog and keeping up with the work does it make them a bad student and a bad lurker?

5. Back Channel – what I like to say is that the back channel is a great tool. In most classes you can’t talk in class and you have to stay in your seat and not interrupt the speaker. This back channel allows for people to ask questions during class. I think this is great, if you missed something or need more clarification you just add it in. If it is becoming too much for you…well you close the window AND you can still go back and watch the back channel after class. You are also getting links for great websites and more new media as the class is going on. You actually get the chance to talk during class and not get your hand slapped 🙂 It is a great way for learners who fall behind to keep up with the rest of the class by asking question to clarify and watching it again to see what they missed. What a wonderful world.

6. Thinking about tomorrow: We need to grow with technology and keep interacting with others. What teachers should do? become active users and experiments, they have to play around with the tools that are out there. You can’t understand the technology if you just read about it and look at it, to fully understand it you have to actually use it.  This gets the teacher to be more comfortable and that can help teach to others and then in turn use in the classroom. They need to create open spaces to model some of the resource they have learned – add to your blog about what you have found and why it works, what you liked and how you would use it. These then also creates a learning network for others to use what you have learned. I think that people who are scared of technology have not played with it or think they will “break it”, if they just took the chance and clicked around they can learn so much. But if we really thing about it…it is no different from any other way we learn. If we wanted to learn how to play basketball we wouldn’t just read about and watch it, we would have to actually participate in it.

Loved this ” New Media adds new opportunities” and we have to keep on top of new media by helping each other.



September 22nd Class – Media Response -Part 1
September 23, 2009, 3:59 am
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We got to watch and listen to a new presenter tonight Dr. Richard Schwier, who talked about learning communities. I loved that he gave opportunities to discuss questions that were posted. The answers just flew by so I will have to take a look at the recorded program and see all the answers to the questions. I would like to reflect on some of the topics he discussed.

1. Becoming your own Media – WOW! I just never thought of it like that, you pick what you want to read and want you don’t want to read. It just made me think about the classroom, we have to give the students different options and opportunities. We have something that we need to teach them but do they all really need to do the same activity? If we give them more opportunities them will they be more engaged?

2. “Engagment  matters more than Interaction” – if you are engaged your learning and wanting more. I don’t think that you necessarily need to talk to be engaged. As one that doesn’t do a lot of talking in class, I feel that I am still engaged to what is going on. Your learning for yourself. This class has a lot going on and I feel like I’m just keeping up with the Jones. I also learn a lot  of different things in the class that I need to go and try. I try something and I’m learning it…I will then blog about it! 🙂

3. Trust – I feel that I trust everyone because we are all taking this class to learn something that we are all interested in. Why would we not trust each other? I assume that we all want to help each and the students we are teaching to become better at what we do. If I look at trust in the sense of my students in the classroom, then I would want to create a completely safe enviroment for them and I most likely would not trust all social networking because I’m looking out for my students. I can make my own calls but when it comes to safety of others I guess I’m not all that trustworthy. That is why I’m in this class and going to learn from more experienced classmates as to how to make sure my students can go into trusting learning environments.

4. Educators need to connect with students. Well do I really need to say anymore!

5. Ken Burn Filter – who knew? Not me! I want to read more up on this guy and I did take away that he looked at historical events in ways that we wouldn’t. We all need to do this everyday. (I just thought he was the guy that invented the imovie application.)

As I look back at the notes I took on class- I realized that Alec question also had me thinking during class. I  have included in my reflection about the Media Response.

Non Formal and Formal environments – non formal can give you more options, choices and opportunities. It can empower the students. Where as Formal environments, such as in a class where you are forced to post on blogs are you really learning. When you can pick the ones you want to explore you can then become engaged. That is what is so nice about this class. Non Formal environments are a place where people can come together to discuss what they like. So a question I had was, shouldn’t schools become more non-formal? How do we do this within our classrooms? I think sometime people forget how we learn when we are small. We learned through playing doing things we enjoyed. So we need to find what student are passionate about and give them time to find it and discuss it. Shouldn’t we give them time to create their own blogs and find a learning community that allows them to learn with other who have the same passion? Shouldn’t we be giving them time to do this in class? If we do,  how do we create safe environments for these learners? I think we have to start here in this class and find similar educators with classrooms that want to participate and join up other students for learning. This class gives us the perfect opportunity to talk to one another from around the world to see what they are doing in the classroom. We can communicate and get examples and try new things. This will help the students in all our classes. I think that we have to set time for students to learn this way, it is the way the world is working around us and how we all learn. If we as educators are learning in these environments we should be taking it back to the classroom. I don’t know where we can fit it in, I think we have to work it into all subject areas and really make sure are students are safe. I would like to post more on this later as I think about it.



Richard A. Schwier Article
September 23, 2009, 3:20 am
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Pursuing the elusive metaphor of community in virtual learning environments

By Dr. Richard Schwier

I do have to admit I was a little lost on a few things in his article but did gain a lot. Here are a few key points that I took out from the article that I would like to address. Community in online learning or other networks are people brought together over something that interests them. It is virtual learning that is not necessarily face to face, but then again you can bring in your video chat and see each other. So it can be personal..right?

I really had to sit back and think about the question posted in his article “Does participation in online environments promote high levels of social engagement and support significant relationships among participants or does it lead to acute social isolation?”

I thought back to my very first online class- eci831! At first I was very scared to write anything and didn’t want Alec to ask me to talk, most people were very busy chatting right away and saying things to one another. It seemed to me that  a lot  of people in the class already knew one another and had created a bond. I just wanted to sit back and watch what was going on, but at the same time was completely engaged at what was going on, we had Alec talking and showing us something and the class was talking on that chat. Which I know now is the back channel…I took this class because it interested me and I wanted to learn more. If someone didn’t want to learn about on line learning then there would not be any engagement.

I think it really depends on what social network you are in, you want to find something that interests you and you want to learn more. In a school setting there are subjects that don’t interests students, we as educators have to find a way that can get them engaged. We have to also get the students to trust you and feel comfortable. Students don’t want to say the wrong thing. We as educators have to make students feel comfortable.

We have to create a sense of comfort in a community. In our class there are different students and participants from around the world. we are going to create learning communities and networks from with in the class. We will find out more about one another through our blogs, twitter and discussion to create those learning communities. We become more engaged when we have similar interests, we then learn more and can find more information.  We all have different interest with in our technology interests and it is the people in the class that we are going to learn more and share ideas. This can lead to engagement as stated “Confronting or exploring ideas, people and process first presented by someone else in the group.” We hear someone talk in class about a certain topic and get a new link to new information. Or we check the feeds for new links to classmates blogs or twitters, we then become engaged and comment to learn more or ask questions.

Reference:

Schwier, R.A. (2009, June). Pursuing the Elusive Metaphor of Community in Virtual Learning Environments. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009, Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.



ECI831 Introduction Video
September 23, 2009, 12:17 am
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Sorry to my classmates, this week has been busy. I couldn’t upload my newspaper so I have created a video. I will continue to try to get it uploaded so you can see it. I have looked at many of your blogs and they are amazing, I promise to post some comments and to post my reflection on the video and article that I have read. This is my first time uploading a video to youtube. It was a very interesting process.

Here is the link to my video

ECI831 Introduction Video of Amy Perrey



Introduction ECI831
September 22, 2009, 9:16 pm
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Well I tried to play around with a new resources recommened to by a co-worker, but had a few difficulites in using it. 

Creat your own newspaper here: Newspaper for kids

 It is a great site that allows you or students to create their own magazine or newspaper. Also, saving occurs on “Cloud Computing” so copyright free clipart images and creative commons pictures from Flickr would be best as these are okay to use and aren’t student pictures. I have found a few problems

#1) For the life of me I could not upload my own pictures from my directory…

#2) No Spell check or formatting, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. There is no spell check or fomat button. Having no spell check could be a good thing when working with students and getting them to actually do the work themselves and watch for typing mistakes. Formating can be hard but playing around with it, you figures things out pretty fast.

I would send you a link to the newspaper I created but gave up because I couldn’t upload the picture, but I had spent so much time on it, that I copy and pasted it into my word document, then added pictures then posted it here!

AHH! won’t upload the file….stay tuned!



Picasa Album
September 16, 2009, 4:32 am
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I went to use Flickr but it said you needed a yahoo account and I really don’t want to sign up for more accounts. So I looked on google and there was Picasa. It was very easy to use and I created my first Album on my dog Ella. Ella Album or Ella Slideshow.



Class Reflecion September 15th
September 16, 2009, 2:40 am
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Wow class tonight had people from all around the world, it was cool! I got a chance to add some tools and reading to my delicious account, I also added some sites that I wanted to check out and learn more about. I want to check out wordle and Flicker. I also want to try Google forms at work. Tonight Alec touched on how education could be better and I would have to agree, there is so many different opportunities for students to learn, but we have to move away from traditional teaching and keep on learning. We have to keep sharing our knowledge with others. With the power of Twitter and global networking we can do this, just like tonight in our class! We have some many people all around the world with so many different talents, abilities and knowledge that we can learn so much from one another. My goal this class is to try to talk to differnt people and see what they are doing. I want to learn more technical skills to better myself and my teaching. I can then help pass on my new knowledge to my co-workers and students. For my final project I want to create a film unit and apply it the Smartboard. I would like to talk to fellow classmates about information they have and collaborate information.