In the power point presentation, my slide is the representation of what I understand from my journey in this class. The principles of connected learning enlighten me about the concepts of connected learning itself. Each week Christina inspires us with new information, projects and also works that push our brain to work more effectively. I love that I could have the chance to see learning from a different perspective (Western culture). I also love the way we systematically learned each principle of connected learning every week.
As I started out my blogging (some initial blogging were made with big effort) with what I learn is that I should find people whose blogging could contribute to my personal interest. I then found that even if the content touches the same aspect as what I learn, it comes with the different perspective that contributes to the richness of my knowledge. Going through this course has broadened my narrow perspective about designing a good teaching. The idea of collaboration which I believe if being done effectively by teachers would generate better academic performance of students.
Thinking about my final make, starting out a space for connected learning take place is the only idea I have. Facing the fact that the community I belong to is not such a digitalized community has made me think of how to start out the connected learning by maximizing the facilities I could reach for. Minus technology does not mean impossible to create a connected learning. making more spaces for a connected learning takes place would be a brilliant idea. A community hub might be an effective way to work on connected learning. The video from UC Berkeley library and at birch school have inspired me in thinking about making space for the connected learning community and to design activities based on connected learning principles.
If the connected learning in digitalized form would provide information online and people are connected online, the space of connected learning community I plan is more about providing offline information within a space. However, it will use internet access to find more information online. I plan to integrate this connected learning concept into my small library for children in my community.
The video from UC Berkeley library gives me the idea of maximizing spaces around the community to start out a children community learning that can support everybody in the community to grow together. The places could be spaces at a school like a library, church or even places in the community where children could get together, starting meaningful dialogue and collaboration. I am thinking of such a space with some facilities such as a computer with an internet connection as another source of information besides the one they children get from teachers and books. This will help the children get used to using technology, especially to introduce the constructive usage of internet connection in helping them learn. By this, I mean, children will get motivated and informed to keep being progressive in learning.
Learning from At birch school gives me an idea to construct activities that can help children in my community strive in learning. These activities will then be based on the principles of connected learning. The ideas of grouping students based on their interest are interesting, the students would then have the chance to help their peers and also contributing in the group collaboration. These kinds of activities could be included in an extracurricular program to support academic performance of the students or could be applied in my own community learning.
This link will direct to my rough plan of integrating the concept of connected learning to expand the function of my small library into a community hub for children in my community (Timor Island, Indonesia).
My self-assessment of my progress in connected learning class
How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?
If I could give number for myself on how far I have met the expectation of this class, I would rate myself as an eight in exploring the key principles of connected learning, documenting reflecting on my journey in connected learning and create and sharing work to support myself and others in this connected learning class as much as I can. In assessing myself in contribution to class discussion and engaging with others, I rate myself a seven.
Where do you think you could have improved?
I think I could have improved my ability to making more connections with some of my classmates’ work to my own work.
How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?
Even though some of the principles of connected learning are familiar concepts for me, connected learning itself is a totally new concept for me. However, I learn, how the principles getting connected to one another. I learned the importance of interest power in stimulating the learning of individual in a connected learning community to continually participate. This could improve as a passion that makes each individual grows fruitfully. The principle of shared purpose, in my perspective, is the reason or motive behind each individual’s best effort put in dialogue, collaboration participation to reach the purpose or goal. By doing this, there is synergy among the member of a connected learning community. Shared purpose enables everyone to contribute in their own way to reach the goals. The principle of peer supported makes it possible for every member to keep growing (no matter how slow it is) as the active participation of each member. This principle also makes everyone feels welcome and belong to the community. The principle of production center makes it possible for connected learning to be extended, besides it makes learning has authentic value by doing hands-on activities. Openly network is the principle to which the learning become extended and connected to another aspect (multidisciplinary). Finally, these all principles support the academic development of each individual in the connected learning community.
Based on this comprehension, though not entirely complete, I could count on myself to build a learning community, especially practicing it in a classroom in my teaching practice. The concept of connected learning enables students to explore their interest and all their possible capacity. Also, I have more chances to contribute and share experiences with other fellow teachers about teaching practice. By this, I mean expanding my network to provide a better teaching for my students.
Connected learning is the continuing repeating process, a process of being connected, collaboration, wobbling, participating and making. A process in which everyone in the network has possibilities to develop a growth mindset, develop an interest to become a passion, develop creative thinking and another aspect of life.
What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?
Using language that is not my own native language academically is such a big challenge for me, especially to use it in learning a new skill, blogging skill, which is completely new for me. This is also my first online class which challenges me to manage my time effectively. Besides, as an international student who has not had enough network to participate with, I only shared and contribute to the discussion of the class based on my experience and what I have learned in my other class which I think have a connection to the topic.
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