The Networked Student
I have to say I did not really enjoy this video. I didn't get much out of it. I like the ideas of the iSchool, blogs, podcast and all but I do not like the thought of students learning from blogs. I think that blogs should be how students show what they have learned. Because of blogs being so opinion based I do not think they are a good tool for facts. I feel that a student could misinterpret what a person has stated as an opinion for a fact. That in some ways can be tied to plagiarism. A student can take someones opinion write it as a fact when really they should have been forming their own opinion in the first place then what has happen? A students belief has been skewed. I don't know, I believe I am taking it to far but that is how I feel. I think that it is appropriate for students to read a professor's blog and state their own opinion on what the professor has said like we do but I do not think blogs should be used as sources. I wish her good luck with her middle school students I hope it all works out as she has planned.
I think that even with this plan the teacher will be needed just as much as teachers are needed now. A student will need guidance on how to write a blog post, if the source is credible, and so many more things. We will need to grade the students, tell them if they are going in the right direction or if they have gotten lost along the way. Students want to know if they are right or wrong. That is something we have been taught all our lives, to get the answer right. Teachers will be there for the students each step of the way. Whether that is physically or virtually teachers will always be here.
A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment (or PLN)
I really enjoyed this video. The student really seemed to enjoy how her science class is being taught and I must say I enjoyed it as well. With that being said I really hope that they do like we do and meet in class from time to time. I think that at her age group they should be meeting at least once a week. I really really enjoyed how she had every thing set up in fact I liked it so much I Googled "symboloo" and I am going to try it out as soon as I get done with my post. I think her class is a lot like ours. It is not a go at your own pace class and I like it. I think the way her science teacher has everything set up that it is very effective and educational. I hope all of the other kids enjoy the class as well I am interested to see what students have to say that do not enjoy the new method of teaching.
Thank you so much Dr. Strange.