The Networked Student
This video was extremely interesting to watch, because I am experiencing this now in my college classes. I never really thought about being a networked student, but after watching this video I realize I am. I definitely like the hybrid classes, because I feel I learn more by teaching myself instead of having a teacher lecture from the PowerPoint or from a textbook. I do agree with the message of this video, but I wonder if it will work for all ages? I want to teach second or third grade Special Education, and I am not sure if they will be able to search learning tools they will need for the class.
Watching this video makes me want to teach older students, so I can incorporate this into my lesson plans. I love the idea of the students finding more information on the internet, and networking with students from all over the world. Students and teachers can learn so much from the internet. I know me personally I Google everything! The internet is an awesome way to learning something you did not know, refresh your memory of something, or even learn more about a specific subject.
The main question asked about a "Networked Student" is "Why does the networked student even need a teacher?" I believe the reason you have a teacher is the same reason you have one who does not teach you to be a networked student, because they are there to help the student with anything. If a student did not have a teacher and was told to learn a subject and was stuck on a specific question, who would they ask? They could Google it, but that is not always reliable. There has to be a teacher there to help in situations like this. Teachers help their students, even if the student does not want to admit it.
A Seventh Grader's PLE
I have never heard of Personal Learning Environment (PLE), until I watched this video. I found this extremely interesting and I wish we would have done this when I was in middle school! I think it is so neat that she has all of her websites on one page for her Science class. She can share those links, or revisit them to study for a test. I really would love to do this with my class, even if I do it and use a SmartBoard to show my students. I think this is an awesome way to be organized for school and work. Her PLE and my PLN are basically the same, except her's is used to help her with her science class, and mine is going to be used to help contact people who can help me be the best teacher I can be and hopefully help me get a teaching job.