Wednesday, November 26, 2008

CCK08-Connectivism: Networked Student...The Movie

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YouTube version for sharing
(Please share, reuse, redistribute, especially with administrators, teachers, and parents.)

As a grand finale for the Connectivism course, George asked participants to respond to the following questions:
  1. What is the quality of my learning networks: diversity, depth, how connected am I?
  2. How has this course influence my view of the process of learning (assuming, of course, that it has)?
  3. What types of questions are still outstanding?
  4. How can you incorporate connectivist principles in your design and delivery of learning?
Questions 2 and 4 are addressed in the video above. The presented scenario is definitely not a complete picture of connectivism. I think it's a good start for a k12 classroom. I view the work with my students as networked learning incubation.

I had great fun creating this video. My 15 year old son, Alex, helped with the artwork and voice over. My high school students are currently working on the project that is highlighted in the video. I owe a big thank you to Lee LeFever of CommonCraft. He kindly gave me permission to use the "Plain English" format for my project. I absolutely love the brilliant simplicity of his work.

I sincerely hope that other teachers will use the video to help colleagues, parents, and students understand the potential of networked learning.


On to questions 1 and 3...
I managed a fairly robust learning network prior to taking the connectivism course. But, I believe I'm taking a more thoughtful approach as a result of this experience. I'm reaching out to those with whom I already have a professional relationship, building new contacts, and trying harder to seek out points of view that differ from mine. I hope that the visibility of CCK08 will facilitate more research and testing of Connectivism as a theory of learning. The biggest question in my mind is whether the theory is powerful enough to have a real impact on main stream education. I see a lot of potential obstacles, especially with younger children. I'm also contemplating the best strategy for strengthening network ties and developing deeper professional contacts for learning and sharing.

77 comments:

Alan said...

What a fabulous video and congrats on its production quality, and more so the message- I plan to use it for an upcoming presentation meant to help teachers appreciate and embrace how young people are learning these days.

http://www.communication-realization.com/Preview/Starmap.htm said...

Dear Wendy, I agree. I love the simplicity of the video and will show it online soon to present a different view on learning.
Sincerely,
*Elisabeth

Carmen Martín Robledo said...

Hi. I want to use the video in my University discussion, but I can embed. ¿Why?. Its no 2.0?. ¿What about colaboration?.
Thanks
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George Siemens said...

Hi Wendy - I'll support what others have said - well done!!

You've taken the concepts we've explored in this course and given them a very approachable/understandable look and feel. I'll certainly use it as an example of connectivism! Thank you... :).

Wendy DG said...

Carmen,

You can find the YouTube version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA

Enjoy.
Wendy

Jenny Mackness said...

Hi Wendy and Alex - this is fantastic! Hope it's OK with you both if I share it with a community that I work with - http://elesig.ning.com/

I think we can all learn from it.

Thanks to you both

Jenny

Wendy DG said...

Jenny and Others,

Please share, reuse, redistribute, have fun!

Wendy

Bob Cole said...

This is a brilliant piece, Wendy. I hope to use it as part of a faculty learning community discussion we have started with our graduate school professors here in Monterey. We're exploring Don Finkel's ideas in 'teaching with your mouth shut.'

Mike Bogle said...

What an absolutely fabulous video! As the others have said, it's a brilliant overview of what we covered in the course that's really easy to understand. Thanks very much for sharing it on YouTube - I'll definitely be looking for ways to re-use the clip so others can benefit from the hard work you put into it.

Brilliant effort!

Cheers,

Mike

Scott Leslie said...

Wendy, I know you've said "feel free to share, reuse" etc, but I can't find a license on the site, so I have to ask - would you be ok with someone doing a translation of the audio into Spanish but reusing the video? Sincerely, Scott Leslie

Sarah Stewart said...

Brilliant video, Wendy. As the others have said, I am thinking about how I can use it to show teachers in midwifery how they can apply connectivism into their teaching. Thank you very much.

learnoscck08 said...

Wonderful video, Wendy! and Kudos Alex! I have a sense that the theory, with all the wonderful work being done in CCK08, will get exemplified in many ways in the near future, building a much stronger implementational case for connectivism. I would just hope that we are able to collate and reference all contributions effectively. - Viplav

mkfrie said...

Excellent video. Great job.

mireille said...

fabulous job.

it was simple and to the point

12 weeks done in 5 minutes. I like that.

I imagine that this video will be seen my millions of people as it should be. I'm going to mention this link to a number of my educational groups.

Congratulations again

Mireille

jennylu said...

Fabulous work Wendy and Alex. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I know I am going to find this a very useful teaching tool. I wrote a post about your efforts;
http://jennylu.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/networked-student-wendy-drexler-has-helped-us-out/

You are a true example of the sharing nature of a connected world. Thank you both again.

Doug Belshaw said...

Hi Wendy, came across your video via another blog - it's great! Although it shows a uni student, I'm going to use it to try and convey what Connectivism is to other teachers at my school.

Thanks very much for taking the time to make this. :-)

E.M.M. Dols said...

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Dear Wendy, the above link is for Your son Alex. I would like to add a special thank You to Alex for sharing his light and obvious love for people like me who seem to be living their life backwards. Alex, you remind me today that I am dealing with the Einstein generation in my classrooms.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." -- Albert Einstein

Sincerely,

*Elisabeth

Carlos said...

Thank you Wendy!!!

Carmen Tschofen said...

Hi Wendy,

I think the ability to communicate important concepts in a user-friendly and non-threatening way is the hallmark of a great educator. This absolutely hits the mark; I've already fowarded this to other educators who work with my kids. Thanks for knocking the connectivism concept out of the ballpark for the crowd!

Cheers,
Carmen

sarahsmiles said...

When my sixth grade students return from Thanksgiving break on Monday, I have a project for them based on what I have been learning from CCK08-Connectivism. Thanks to Wendy and Alex, I now have a way to introduce the project! Thank you for showing me how to share the fun my students will have learning!
Sincerely, Sarah

Karen Case said...

Wendy:

You did a great job on this video. It really helps explain Connectivism in a simple way which will help us all as we bring these ideas to our colleagues and into our classrooms. THANKS!

JBlack said...

As all others have said, a wonderful video! But, I think the million dollar question remains. How do we get teachers, and the educational system as a whole, to embrace these tools, to see their validity and worth, so they can be the mentors you speak of in this video? As a collective institution, adoption is occurring at a snail's pace, and technology and idea dissemination will only continue to gain speed. This is what I really worry about.

keithlyons said...

Wendy

Thank you! Sorry I got here so late.

Elegant simplicity defined.

Is Alex about to join Common Craft? He is a natural!

Keith

keithlyons said...

Wendy

I am back!

I have added a Vodpod capture widget to my Wordpress site. You and Alex are the inaugural video!

Keith

Jason Rhode said...

Love the video Wendy! Thanks for sharing.

Eric said...

This video is great!!! Excellent work and thank you for sharing.

Scott Leslie said...

Wendy, I ended up using this video as part of my talks last week in Colombia on 'Becoming a Network Learner' (cf. http://www.slideshare.net/sleslie/becoming-a-network-learner-presentation)

The talks were to Spanish speakers. We tried very hard to get the video translated into Spanish beforehand but simply ran out of time. But we are still trying to do this. If anyone is interested in assisting with this (or indeed translating it into any other language) Diego Leal has started the process at http://dotsub.com/view/41f08de7-68dc-4365-af4c-5733f565b9e1 He has done all of the transcription which should greatly assist any translations. Hope this is ok, this video is very very good in its clarity and simplicity, and we want people in other languages to be able to benefit from it as well. Sincerely, Scott Leslie

Diego Leal said...

Hi there, Wendy!

I just wanted (as everybody else) to congratulate you on the video and to say, as a follow-up of Scott's message, that the video has been translated into Spanish (subtitled, to be precise) on DotSub: http://dotsub.com/view/41f08de7-68dc-4365-af4c-5733f565b9e1

I'm willing to try and do a Portuguese translation, but it will be great to have more people on board translating to other languages.

So, congratulations again, and thanks for sharing this.

Greetings from Colombia!

Diego Leal

David Delgado said...

Brilliant! Connectivism in Plain English ;-)

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