Speaking of Connectivism...
My original idea for this post was to compare constructivism and connectivism and showcase how we use each in Studio 4.
However, given the state of the world at the moment with Covid-19 and school closures, I think connectivism is the real winner here. Not to say constructivism is not happening.
Here in Vietnam we are now in week 8 of online learning (however, one of those weeks was a much-needed holiday). Teachers everywhere are being thrown into the role of a teacher from afar. Many without warning, training, or collaboration. For the first 6 weeks everything in Vietnam was last minute, week by week decisions about whether we would be on or off campus, with our without students. Luckily at this point we were told it would be at least another 3 weeks (likely longer for primary school students). This gave our team the opportunity to actually plan for a unit that is based online. We made the decision to swap our Program of Inquiry around. A unit that we planned to be the final unit of the year, we decided to start right away.
This unit allows for a lot of connectivism theories to be put into play.
A quick Google search results in the following definition from Wikipedia:
With everything happening right now, how can you not be taking the opportunity to teach this way (or rather, to have your students learn in this way)?
In this post I will explain our unit progression and how we are infusing technology and connectivism into the more traditional reading and writing unit.
Where We Are in Place and Time:
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