Together we can achieve so much more. I think that this point is successfully backed by the theories of Dede and others when discussing fluid epistemology. I really liked that it was pointed out how “informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experiences. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning now occurs in a variety of ways.” This quote demonstrates that teachers are no longer the forefront knowledge holders that expound the knowledge to their students. Instead, students are growing up and learning in a time when personal connections and self-motivated learning is occurring. There are so many experts in various fields that are willing to share their personal testimonies, information, and experiences with those who are interested in the common area. I believe that building these connections will only help to facilitate a stronger learning passion within our students. Students will have the ability to research and learn about many things instead of just a given topic. It is important that through this process, we teach our students how to find reliable sources of information, how to respectfully question the knowledge that is so freely found on the web, etc.
One thing that was particularly unclear to me at the beginning of this course was the use of an RSS feed. After viewing the video, it is clear that if we are to obtain knowledge in a manner that reflects the building of personal learning networks, we need to have a way to organize and help connect information that is relevant to our learning. The RSS feed tool allows us to mainstream our ideas and finds into one central location that will help us to sort, obtain, and connect various pieces of the web to enhance our knowledge base.
Overall, the theme of today’s learning tends to reside on the power of connections. Teaching our students how to build and maintain these for their learning is essential.