Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2
After watching these videos, I'm stuck in awe. Like wow, everything I know will only be a memory if things keep changing as quickly as they are. Dreams are beginning to be blueprints of the future instead of aspirations that we might achieve. It's kind of scary but at the same time exciting and inspiring. I will be teaching the future and as of right now I have no idea what I can even expect to teach.
Almost everything is at our fingertips thanks to the internet. Books, lectures, movies, music, research, and the list goes on an on. I love to read and I've had my share in writing, but I'm not sure how I feel about making everything available to the public by a few clicks. I like paper. It's much easier on my eyes, but the keyboard is nicer on my hands. I'm on the fence I guess, but I will definitely give my students the opportunity to make their own decisions on the subject.
The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler
Connectivism makes sense in theory but in practice, personally, I don't get much out of it. I'm taking an online class on USA Online right now that is using this approach to learning, and I can't tell you one thing I have learned this semester from doing my own research on the subject. I just do what I have to do to get the work done. Which I guess is partly my fault for taking an online class. I like to sit in on lectures, I seem to retian more information that way. I guess that's where iTunes U comes in handy.
Yes, through iTunes U many credible lectures are available through this tool, but I'm still stuck on the classroom setting. I'm in the zone when I'm in the classroom, rather than lounging around at home where I have a billion other things to do rather than my school work, but again that's my fault.
I understand the thought behind a connectivist approach to learning, and it can ork for many people. I also se that this is where the classrooms are going, and I will be prepared to teach with this method. However personally I would like to sit behind a desk, listen to a teacher, and take notes on the subject.
One thing Wesch said that I was like wow, that sums it up is, " the reason why they're (today's young people) are so miserable is because they think that theyre the next American Idol and then when they're not, they're shocked."
Another interesting thing Wesch and his undergraduates researched is "I'm not talking to you ( a person); I'm talking to this ( a camera)." With a camera you can try over and over again to get the version of you that you want to present instead of an actual person to person conversation. Talking to a computer, recording myself is still very new, different, and just awkward to me. Hopefully, I can get used to talking to "myself," eventually...