The Networked Student
After watching the clip composed by Wendy Drexler (http://techliterateteacher.blogspot.com/2009/06/networked-student.html) titled The Networked Student, I see a clear picture about how networking between teachers, students, and professionals can help the 21st century student compose, discover, share, and learn. I think some teachers might be concerned at the prospect of information and technology causing their role as the teacher to become obsolete. I am assured that is not the case. While the role of teacher is changing with the use of technology I believe that their supervision and guidance is needed now more than ever.
The Teacher will become a coordinator. They assign, encourage, question, organize, and set standards for students to adhere to and follow. The educator should remember to keep learning along with students as well. This video pushes a concept called connectivism. Pulling data from different sources, validating that data's authenticity, incorporating that data into conclusions of their own. This is what the students of the new millennium need to be able to accomplish. Sources like online articles and journals, skype, wikispaces, pb wiki, itunes,email, google search, are all examples of resources students need to learn how to use when researching and collaborating.
The tools are ever changing when it comes to technology. But they are undeniably an advantage over traditional material due to their continual updates and evolution. Learning has gone global.