May 31, 2006

The Learner as Network

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I really like reading the urgent, in–your–face, passionate postings that Will Richardson writes in his blog Weblogg-ed.

In 'The Learner as Network' he writes:

The idea that each of our students can play a relevant, meaningful, important role in the context of these networks is still so foreign to the people who run schools. And yet, more and more, they are creating their own networks, sharing, aggregating, evolving to the disdain of the traditional model of schooling that is becoming more and more irrelevant.

In a similar vein, a commenter on one of his recent posts writes:

Instead of trying to prepare our students for what the world looked like when we were 18, let’s try to prepare them for what the world is going to look like when they’re our age.

Where are we fostering what Richardson calls "network literacy"?

the functions of working in a distributed, collaborative environment is an important aspect of learning and education that precious few of our students get a chance to practice. And it is only by practicing these skills, whether teachers or students, that they can truly be learned.

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