Thursday, January 01, 2009

Teaching and Guiding Networked Students Requires a Commitment to Learning

Wendy Drexler's video about the "Networked Student" illustrates not only the changing role of the student, but also the changing role of educators in 21st Century classrooms.

About this video: "The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros' Networked Teacher. I hope that teachers will use it to help their colleagues, parents, and students understand networked learning in the 21st century."

21st Century educators need to make a commitment to continuous learning, and become networked teachers, so that our students will be prepared to handle the vast amount of information available to them, and be able to share their learning in meaningful ways. How can you be a learning concierge, a modeler, a network sherpa, change agent, or synthesizer of information for your students? Consider joining the conversations in an online community such as Classroom 2.0, a social network for educators, where you will find an abundance of resources, discussion forums and learning opportunities, such as live (and archived) web meetings.


  1. This posting was very imformative. I enjoyed the spoof aspect to it! As a teacher taking graduate classes towards a Master's Degree in Technology in Education, I cannot agree with the content more. I also believe that educators should be making a committments to strive to stay abreast of the technological information available to them and to be able to present it in their classrooms. I also believe that stnagnancy will only hurt our students, as the rest of the world passes them by on the technology highway.

    I a quite certain that it was John Dewey who said that "if we continue to teach students today the way we taught them yesterday, we rob them of tomorrow."

    I have taught with several teachers who are so stuborn that they will not even attempt anything technological in their classrooms, because they have "done it this way for so long, and it's worked just fine. Why fix something that isn't broken?" We steal complete education from our students if we do not provide for them what the rest of the world has used, refined, improved, etc. for so many years. Google just celebrated 10 years, right? It's not going anywhere!

    Thanks for a great post and a fantastic video!!!

  2. After watching your video, my eighth grade student was impressed. The thought of moving towards not using any textbooks at all was different for him, and a bit scarry, too. The idea of having the ability to pull information from different sites on the internet, organize them, share them, and use them for school work was "cool" in his opinion. Now that he has been exposed to the idea, he is eager to put it to use. Currently, he is working on a Science Fair project, and hopes to be able to try this out!

    Thanks again for your posting and your video. They hav imspired both myself and my 8th grader!