So what is connectivism?
Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network,
and complexity and self-organization theories. Learning is a process that
occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements – not
entirely under the control of the individual. Learning (deﬁned as
actionable knowledge) can reside outside of ourselves (within an
organization or a database), is focused on connecting specialized
information sets, and the connections that enable us to learn more are
more important than our current state of knowing.
Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on
rapidly altering foundations. New information is continually being
acquired. The ability to draw distinctions between important and
unimportant information is vital. The ability to recognize when new
information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is
George Siemens - Connectivism:A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
Yike’s! Let’s simplify:
The times they are a
Learning processes and
teaching methods are
being rocked to the core
by our ability to connect
with people using the
To be connected on the web I use...
Facebook is for people you used to know,
Twitter for people you want to know.
Develop a Personal Learning Network
Dr. Alec Couros
University of Regina
Use the tools of the trade
• Flickr • Yackpack • Animoto
• WordPress • Blogger • VoiceThread
• Twitter • Blogster • twitter4teachers
• Prezi • Slideshare • Ning
• Glogster • YouTube • Kerpoof
• Blabberize • Vimeo • Evernote
• Wordle • TeacherTube • Google docs
Some of these are for social media, some of these are for creating
content, some are just for fun. Check the course wiki for links to
these and many other great resources!
What will your digital footprint be??
Gideon Burton's photostream
More importantly –
Through the use of web tools, your students are
already creating their own digital footprints.
Hamed Saber's photostream
Most images in this presentation are attributed (through hyperlinks) Creative
Commons licensed pictures found in Flickr. There are also some screen shots
and original photos. I was unable to locate an original source for one picture -
my apologies to its creator (I will remove the image if requested.)