Connectivism is about how the brain processes information by linking ideas stored in our memory and then being able to retrieve the information.. We can learn anything through using any of our senses. Using technology does not change learning.
We have learned to read books. We can also learn to use technology in order to access information that we get from books.
Because there are so many different technologies being developed, it is complicating and confusing the fact that it is the technologies that are difficult to learn, NOT the actual information.
All the theories of learning that are mentioned are already being used. The question is: How many different technologies are these developers expecting people to use? Whether we are teachers and or learners, there is a limit to how much technology we have time to learn to use. Learning is supposed to be pleasurable not about suffering.
Basically you need to calm down, close your eyes, take deep breaths and practice mind control by meditating. Just see some beautiful ,mountains, skies or any natural part of the environment and just enjoy.........
One of the most effective ways to provoke student thought is through the building of “rich” questions. By asking meaningful questions - and interacting with textual information – students can come to an understanding that builds upon on their own personal experiences and opinions. Through the use of a template, questions can be created in any way that you want and provide you with a specific platform to begin your questioning focus.
The questions can be based on exam questions, or directly from past exam questions. The students can be asked about their own experiences and say whether the textual information has any application to the society in which they live, e.g. How does the information help us?
Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this pre-school. This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest. For example children can learn about science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum. By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge. Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
This is excellent learning for youngsters. Preschoolers can learn a lot by using these techniques. Rhyme and movement are essential requirements for new learning. Youngsters are able to absorb information long before they are put into classrooms.
Something experts in all fields tend to do when they’re practicing is to operate outside of their comfort zone and study themselves failing. The best figure skaters in the world spend more of their practice time practicing jumps that they don’t land than lesser figure skaters do. The same is true of musicians. When most musicians sit down to practice, they play the parts of pieces that they’re good at. Of course they do: it’s fun to succeed. But expert musicians tend to focus on the parts that are hard, the parts they haven’t yet mastered. The way to get better at a skill is to force yourself to practice just beyond your limits.
"Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the "3 R's" and foster 21st century skills. Skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity will be essential for students to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
All this is true so where do we start? Children do not start learning when they go to school. They start learning the moment their eyes open. Parents can help their children activate their brains and create fantastic neural networks. All children can encompass all the different styles of learning; Visual:; Auditory; Verbal; Kinaesthetic: -Using touch and taste to explore the information; Logical: a mathematical approach to concepts; Interpersonal -Learning in groups; Intrapersonal - Learning alone. Try some of the early learning from home school resources.
Whether we're talking about preschool, elementary through secondary school, college, or even adult learners, I have serious objections to the idea that learning supposedly only comes via the eyes, the ears, and the seat of the pants. Schools -- and policymakers -- have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn't have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do.
If you observe crawling babies, youngsters, pre-school children you will notice how they learn by movement, touch, smell, taste. They very rarely sit still - their brains are constantly on the move. Everything they do is repeated in different formats and they are rarely if ever quiet: They repeat what they hear even though it may not make sense to older children or adults. They are increasing their neuronal networks.
One way to help youngsters learn which means increase their brains is to give them a variety of tools, toys and watch what they do. Parents can also guide their children to use objects in a variety of ways......
"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."
"Pearson sent us this report recently–Exploring the Learning Curve. The big idea here is the changing skill needs for students globally. It is based on this idea of an index–a Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Education Attainment. The report explains: 'The Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment compares the performance of 39 countries and one region (Hong Kong) on two categories of education: Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment. The Index provides a snapshot of the relative performance of countries based on their education outputs.'”
These would seem to correlate with Thomas Friedman's "The world is flat" idea. Basically we need to value and respect all human beings as those people at the bottom of the tree last century wont always be there:
Emotional intelligence (feel things from others point of view). Communication (learn to speak another person's language). Problem-solving (Listen to and understand someone else's pain and joy); Team-working (the ability to liaise with others as humans who feel pain, cry, hurt just as you do).
Basically the emphasis seems to be on humanity as one rather group rather than the superficial differences. The idea is for human beings to leave the savannah.
Start children's learning early at home. Give them fantastic learning tools. Select geology and earth sciences, astronomy, educational science, physics, astronomy, mathematics play resources.
Children can learn to summarise arguments; abstract nouns; persuasive letter writing; role-play and movement; identifying grammar structures; Comprehension. Hundreds of teaching resources to inspire and motivate. Inquiry based learning lets your child take a lead role in his or her own education, increasing their desire to learn and retain information.
This is what was found: "The students in the Independent Project are remarkable but not because they are exceptionally motivated or unusually talented. They are remarkable because they demonstrate the kinds of learning and personal growth that are possible when teenagers feel ownership of their high school experience, when they learn things that matter to them and when they learn together. In such a setting, school capitalizes on rather than thwarts the intensity and engagement that teenagers usually reserve for sports, protest or friendship..."
"Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment. Here are 35 critical thinking strategies, straight from the mind of Sigmund Freud." | by Sara Briggs
Some of these are excellent memory methods, which people learn automatically from a very young age. One way to help older learners is to try to get them back to that exciting trial and error style that they had as young children.
Watch babies aged a year plus and see how they are fascinated by simple activities such as picking up a pencil and walking backwards and forwards to drop it at a certain spot, then walking around a table and carrying out the same action again and again. But watch carefully, the spot the pencil has been placed is usually near something else, sometimes a larger object.
One of the things we stop doing as we get older is to enjoy repeating things from different perspectives: that is learning with stress. If students looked at what they were learning as something that enhanced their understanding rather than just for passing exams, learning would be memorable and more enjoyable. You do not need a teacher to' teach' you this. Most of the psychology-based strategies are inherent.
So parents start children as soon as they start crawling; leave books, small toys and a variety of different toys around and watch how they learn. NOT EVERYTHING GOES INTO THEIR MOUTHS!!
"Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms."
All 5 assessment methods involves students leading the learning. Asking the students questions based on their reading of the topic helps their analytical skills and allows them to be in charge of their learning.
All of these facts make sense.in the 21st Century. It is necessary to learn about other cultures as youngsters of today will be working alongside people from all over the world. Learning at least one other language will be essential. We should be educating children to fit into a world culture, which is being made possible through the "cloud".