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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. His theory takes into account trends in learning, the use of technology and networks, and the diminishing half-life of knowledge. It combines relevant elements of many learning theories, social structures, and technology to create a powerful theoretical construct for learning in the digital age. George Siemens Introduction Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. Some significant trends in learning: Background An Alternative Theory Connectivism

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Information Search Process “Longitudinal Evidence of the Influence of the ISP on Information Workers.”, 2018. Read the full paper here. PowerPoint presentation of the Information Search Process Shelly Terrell: Global Netweaver, Curator, PLN Builder When I started using social media in the classroom, I looked for and began to learn from more experienced educators. First, I read and then tried to comment usefully on their blog posts and tweets. When I began to understand who knew what in the world of social media in education, I narrowed my focus to the most knowledgeable and adventurous among them. I paid attention to the people the savviest social media educators paid attention to. I added and subtracted voices from my attention network, listened and followed, then commented and opened conversations.

4 Big Ideas That Will Change The World Of Training Sharebar The field of training doesn’t change quickly. Even though technological innovation occurs at rapid speed and new learning theories emerge from cognitive research, large and entrenched training organizations move like slow dinosaurs.

As We May Think - Magazine As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering store of knowledge. BBC Article by Cellan-Jones 2014 on Stephen Hawking Media playback is unsupported on your device Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC:"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of the technology he uses to communicate, which involves a basic form of AI. But others are less gloomy about AI's prospects.

Google Launches Global Online Science Fair [Video] For years, employees at Google have suggested a project near and dear to their nerd hearts: a Google-led science fair. "It's come up over and over and over again," says Cristin Frodella, a senior product marketing manager in education at Google. After all, many a Googler has fond childhood memories of explaining the genius of his or her biology experiment to passersby in a school gym. (Frodella and her best friend trained hamsters to ask for food by ringing a bell.) » Social Learning doesn’t mean what you think it does! Learning in the Social Workplace A few days ago my Internet Time Alliance colleague, Harold Jarche, shared this article, written by Deb Lavoy, with me: Social Business Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does, Neither Does Enterprise 2.0. The first few paragraphs say it all! “Social Business” is not about technology, or about “corporate culture.” It is a socio-political historical shift that is bigger, broader and much more fascinating.

U Rheingold U. is a totally online learning community, offering courses that usually run for five weeks, with five live sessions and ongoing asynchronous discussions through forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, and social bookmarks. In my thirty years of experience online and my eight years teaching students face to face and online at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, I've learned that magic can happen when a skilled facilitator works collaboratively with a group of motivated students. Live sessions include streaming audio and video from me and from students, shared text chat and whiteboard, and my ability to push slides and lead tours of websites. Future classes will cover advanced use of personal knowledge tools, social media for educators, participatory media/collective action, social media issues, introduction to cooperation studies, network and social network literacy, social media literacies, attention skills in an always-on world.

in International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, January 2005, Vol 2. No. 1., ISSN 1550-6908 by oblanvillain Feb 19

Yep... I got bumped out of the ECU on eLearning. Will try some more. by pauljacobson Jan 20

Jump 2.0 has be uploaded to a server, we're working on that, it looks very good so far. by dcoda Jan 19

Elle - I can't find your Jump 2.0 so I've pearled my own called e-Jump 2.0 and included it in D'Coda's links. It's very interesting for my work - I followed the OECD studies into Lifelong Learning last decade; and of course, it passed right over the heads of Teachers in Schools. I hope this initiative has some relevance. by pauljacobson Jan 19

OK - Wing Suits to Jump 2.0...... by pauljacobson Jan 19

check out Jump 2.0 that I just added to my links tree by dcoda Jan 19

Thx, must be busy, this site is exploding. by nukem777 Jan 16

Hi Ted - Patrice is probably grappling with development even now. It's an emergent system - wonders can happen daily! by pauljacobson Jan 16

Yes, think comments and tags are the way to go by nukem777 Jan 16

Hi Guys - I've just searched on "curation" and more than 50 links were identified (including d'coda's links, Elle). I agree that a Google style capability would be impressive; but somehow (like the QWERTY keyboard) I like the slower pace of discovery while we get our heads around how to build structure and use Comments as proper annotations for Pearls rather than Twitter-fests. by pauljacobson Jan 16

Completely agree. Only way to make all of this curation dynamically usable is going to be tags and a search function. Ability to annontate the pearls and tag there, or tag when creating the pearls is crucial. Later it would be nice to be able to create branches which could act like folders or sub-folders simply for better organization. by nukem777 Jan 15

pearltrees would benefit from expanding its search capabilities. We ought to be able to conduct a search just within our own pearltrees, tagging would also be useful. by dcoda Jan 15

sent a request to team up earlier this morning. Haven't heard back yet. I agree that some deep thinking needs to be done as to how to make all this curation and collaboration dynamically usable. by nukem777 Jan 14

Hi Ted - are you on the TED team yet? It's going like crazy. What I like about RSS feeds is that everybody else keeps them up to date for me. Hopefully, the Teams of Pearltrees will do a wonderful job - once they learn to curate!!! I was just now watching Malcolm Gladwell talk for 20 minutes about human variability and diversity with regard to tomato sauce. He's at present tucked away in the MIND pearltree. I mean, we have to do better than what TED has already done with its library of talks . . . I don't see any point in just collecting anything and everything that comes along. It gets too hectic. by pauljacobson Jan 14

True. Things are moving at a horrific pace. Just trying to keep up with curation is a full time occupation. Hoping collaboration will ease the time demands. by nukem777 Jan 14

I'm a "connectionist", Elle. Martin at Moodle talks about social constructivism all the time; but he's still back in the days of studying for his PhD at Uni when everyone got this big AH HA about constructing reality. I think that we are way down the track from that starting position of subjectivity. by pauljacobson Jan 14

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