The Networked Student by Wendy Drexler poses an interesting question; “Why does the networked student even need a teacher?” The video’s main concern is students using technology to take control of their learning in order to make new connections for future their learning. The concept of students having a personal learning network (PLN) is also discussed in this clip. Personal learning networks are very important for the 21st century student; it is a list or group of contacts and sources one can use for assistance and collaboration as needed.
So, why does the networked student even need a teacher? Students still need teachers because educators provide their students with the skills needed when building their personal learning network. Teachers are there to offer guidance, communication skills, help students differentiate between facts they find online and propaganda, and teachers help students organize all of their information. After all, these are the skills the students of the 21st century will need.
This video, along with many others I have viewed this semester including A 7th Grader’s Personal Learning Environment (or PLN), has helped me realize just how important all of the information I am learning in EDM is. Success is achieved with knowledge and connections, and I believe our job is to provide our students with the ability to make an adequate PLN that they can use throughout their years of learning and beyond. Networking students at an early age is a very good idea in my opinion; you can never have too many connections and resources available during the learning process! One connection could make a huge impact in a student’s life.
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