Share #YourEdustory Week 6: What is connected learning?
What is the point of learning anyway? Is it only to further one’s knowledge? Is it only to become smarter? If it is only to further one’s knowledge and to become “smarter” then we have missed the boat.
Learning is not just for one’s self.
Learning is about becoming a better person. Learning is about thinking how your knowledge can impact others. Learning is about taking what you know and creating a better world.
Learning isn’t really about you at all.
Learning is for the community.
Think about it. What if you never shared your knowledge? What if you never shared your skills and talents? What good would it be?
Connected learning brings learning to the community. It is about crowdsourcing ideas and knowledge. It is about building stronger bridges for our work as educators. Sure, I can plan a lesson all by myself, but I would much rather share my insights and collect insights from others to build something better than I could have imagined.
Connected learning is not just for teachers. It is for students, too. No longer do we as teachers have to be the ones who know everything. We can help students crowdsource information from their peers and the community. We can build bridges for students to connect with other classrooms around the world through blogging, social media, and Google Hangouts.
Connected learning is about creating a space larger than the four walls of our classroom.
Connected learning is about learning together to make our community stronger.