Connected Learning #cck11

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Learning is an active process. Learning is connecting information to a knowledge network in order to remember it and use it. The more connections this new information will have the better the recognition and learning. If a student is just listening the connections will be of the ‘listening kind’. And the quality of the listening is equal to the amount of connections made. If this same student is making notes the connections will be of the ‘listening kind’ and of the ‘note taking kind’. If the student afterward does copy and rewrite the notes, that will make more connections. And the quality of the rewriting is equal to the amount of connections made.  This student while listening, writing will think about the new information and will connect it to earlier knowledge. This also will connect the new information. The student will try to analyze and use the information, make a  diagram or a mindmap. Learning is connecting information in different ways with other information and knowledge.

One other view on connected learning. The walls between subjects and courses are barriers to learning. In some educational systems where every subject has a teacher)  a wide gap exists between arts and science and language. But if a student is learning to build computer games all these subjects have to be integrated. A student learning to design textile has to integrate the arts and sciences.  Every teacher and every subject has a lot to do with language. When writing an  article is a subject in language lessons, it is an artificial kind of work. When writing is a part of an assignment in another subject the writing has a natural function. Teachers of science and teachers of language should work together in schools. Team teaching is a connective way of teaching. In traditional education the student has to connect information of different courses and subjects and teachers, and nobody cares. In connected learning teachers and students will connect information from different subjects in a natural way.

3 thoughts on “Connected Learning #cck11

  1. I like: “In traditional education the student has to connect information of different courses and subjects and teachers, and nobody cares.”

    Have we built a system in education where “learning” is a subject unto itself that is applied to the content but not of the content? Instead of permitting students to “know” themselves as mathematicians, we categorize them as un-knowers of math and in-adept outsiders. If we invited people to our home, gave them a “visitor” tag and seated them outside looking in could we say they were “learning” to be our friends? How would they feel about this?

  2. Hi Scott, good question, and an important one too. Preschool children are curious and happy to learn. They experiment, ask questions and want to practice new skills as much as possible, they are proud to learn. They know how to learn. They are very motivated.
    Somewhere in formal education (some) children loose (some of) this spontaneous learning. And after that teachers have to teach learning and motivate students. How do we make them forget about learning and motivating themselves?

  3. I agree withh your point! My teacher always tell us making great notes is more useful than a great memory!

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