THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM IN A CONNECTED WORLD (the grammar of the internet?) Michael Coghlan 5th International Congress on English Grammar (Hyderabad) January, 2007 This presentation on the web at http://www.slideshare.net/michaelc/connected_educator
I know from my own life that something has changed. I am now a much more social learner. I like to draw on the knowledge of others who I can contact and with whom I can discuss issues... I have definitely changed the way I learn, and have found a more enjoyable way of learning. Technology, and the connections it affords, has made that possible.
I doubt that I could study a formal ‘course’ anymore….
My ‘TAG CLOUD’ folksonomy from http://del.icio.us/mikecogh
“an experiment in world friendship through online language learning”
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Developing (soft) skills for the knowledge era* (facility with technology, collaboration, conflict negotiation, problem solving, communication, adjusting to rapid change: ‘employability skills’)
Access to personal publishing tools for self-expression and realisation of identity
Excitement at publishing for a wider audience:
“ Thank you so much for being such supportive, all of you! I hope to continue my learning process and get ready to speak and write in English. I was really surprised to see all the people who wrote about our wiki. It's so cool because it was from all different places of the world... I think that's so great! :)” (Maria, Venezuela)
*Soft Skills and the Net (Terry Anderson) at http://terrya.edublogs.org/2007/09/30/distance-educators-and-dogma/
It’s Phil, just in case you haven’t guessed already. I’d just like to thank you for a great year of blogging, and to wish you luck in the years ahead. You really managed to make a few of us into writers. I think writing/blogging will be something I’ll carry with me my whole life.”
Aiden is an EFL Lecturer, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages Kaohsiung, Taiwan MOVIE MULTILITERACY DIGITAL LITERACY ELITERACY
CONNECTIVISM: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age (George Siemens, University of Manitoba, Canada)
Principles of Connectivism:
Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning .
Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.
SLOW LEARNING "It is going to become very fashionable at some point to be disconnected," Silicon Valley futurist Paul Saffo predicts. "There are going to be people who wear their disconnectivity like a badge.“ ( http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070111/1a_tech-noxx.art.htm )
SLOW LEARNING: A Dangerous but Powerful Idea - Counter Acceleration and Speed with Slowness and Wholeness
Geetha Narayanan is Principal Investigator with Project Vision at the Centre for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) within the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, India.
consciously embrace the core value of slowness – both as way of being and as a way of learning
culture of immediacy values fast knowledge which in turn runs counter to the development of both the self and the mind.
The thoughtless and widespread use of technology as the universal solution to the rising need for fast knowledge is wrong and must be questioned. Often in developing countries, such as India, the term ‘digital divide’ is used to support the argument that the use of new technologies, alone, will create conditions of learning … That is not true
the new digital technologies are tools that allow for learners to develop their imaginations, to be able to play and to have fun, to be able to tell stories in different and exciting ways. But in order to generate value they need to be integrated into new forms and structures in an invisible and contextual manner - one where new media arts can sustain social change .
guiding students in this new disintermediated world
modelling the use of technology for lifelong learning
allowing time for ‘slow learning’ and reflection
It’s all about connections ……
Education by and large has not changed. Syllabus/curriculum is still rooted in a past paradigm of fixed knowledge. The world beyond classrooms has changed a great deal, and will continue to do so at an ever-increasing rate…… Photo courtesy of Sawrah, http://flickr.com/photos/sawrah/314474272/