Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blog Post Assignment #6

The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler

Wendy Drexler's video The Networked Student was very informative video about Connectivism. Connectivism is where learning occurs as a learning connection as part of social networking through many diverse learning connections and ties. The connection of course, is more important than the network. The teacher in this video encourages students to connect with others who can make their learning connection grow. This is called a Personal Learning Network. This is where you use a social bookmarking account to save URL's of sites you have visited and share them with others. So "why does the networked student need a teacher?" The teacher is the one to teach him or her about the network and how to use it and take advantage of the opportunities that networking provides.

Social Networking Image

I was curious as to what a Personal Learning Network or PLN was but now that I have watched Mrs. Drexler's video, I know. This will be something that is very useful to me as I continue my education and become a teacher. It will also help me in my career as a teacher. It is very helpful to get ideas and advice about teaching from the ones who are doing it now. I will need all the help I can get setting up and starting up my first classroom so I definitely intend on keeping up with the PLN I create for this class.

I am actually glad that all this work I am doing in EDM 310 will actually be knowledge that I can take with me and use further in my career. Teachers are always looking for new ideas and ways of doing things because I see a lot of my teacher friends pinning ideas and activities for their students on Pinterest. Pinterest will also be a big part of my PLN.

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment

This video shows an example of a 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment or as we call it, PLN. This is a great example for me to go by. I have a lot more work to do on PLN after watching this video but I am glad I watched it because just reading the assignments about it in this class does not give me a good enough description of how to use Symbaloo. This video A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment by Mrs. Drexler's student gives me a better idea of how to use Symbaloo. It also gives me a better ideas of where I want my PLN to go. Thanks for the lesson and the video.

Symbaloo Screenshot


  1. "I am actually glad that all this work I am doing in EDM 310 will actually be knowledge that I can take with me and use further in my career." Baldwin County is now ephasizing the use of challenge based, project-based and problem-based learning strategies at all grade levels. These efforts are similar to the networked student's approach to learning except the approaches vary according to grade. If you are not prepared or are not willing to be a networked teacher you can cross Baldwin County off your list of potential employers. So get ready to be a Networked Teacher!

    1. I'm totally prepared to be a Networked Teacher! I will definitely use technology to teach my students. I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for teaching it to me.

  2. I agree that the 7th graders video helped me out doing my project number 9 this week. I had to watch the video more than once to completely understand the concept. But I'm glad this was assigned to us, and I'm jealous of how smart and organized she is, at such a young age.

  3. Thanks Ashton! She is very smart and prepared for the 21st Century classroom.