Editor’s Note: This is a milestone article that deserves careful study. Connectivism should not be con fused with constructivism. George Siemens advances a theory of learning that is consistent with the needs of the twenty first century.
The world's digital knowledge is becoming increasingly concentrated on the Internet. It's essential that this knowledge is accessible for everyone, something which search engines play a vital part in (see our Guidelines for details). Therefore we have founded a nonprofit organisation to help secure free access to the knowledge and information embodied in the Internet: "SUMA-EV", the official title has been: "Association for the Promotion of Search Engine Technology and Free Access to Knowledge". In 2009 we changed this title to: "SUMA-EV - Association for Free Access to Knowledge", to include any forms of technology gaining access to knowledge. (The short name SUMA derives from the abbreviation of the German word for "search engine", Suchmaschine). Further projects and information about SUMA-EV is available at: Welcome to SuMa-eV !
November 2008 | Volume 66 | Number 3 Giving Students Ownership of Learning Pages 16-19 As the geeky father of a 9-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter, one of my worst fears as they grow older is that they won't be Googled well. Not that they won't be able to use Google well, mind you, but that when a certain someone (read: admissions officer, employer, potential mate) enters "Tess Richardson" into the search line of the browser, what comes up will be less than impressive. That a quick surf through the top five hits will fail to astound with examples of her creativity, collaborative skills, and change-the-world work. Or, even worse, that no links about her will come up at all.
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