Technology has reorganized how we live, but not how we think. The fact that information is doubling presents an unspoken pressure–learners need to know more, know different ways to access/store that “learning” and be able to share that learning socially. Learn, learn, learn! However—Does connectivism enhance thinking?
Or perhaps is the goal of connectivism to facilitate social network connections and to spread information? If the knowledge is already there, and the information can just be Googled, why do I need to think and share my opinions? Does it make me SMART if I am able to connect with many people globally, or does that just make me POPULAR? Is popular the new smart?
Our digital age learners who are connected and social in their learning are able to learn from each other on both a local and global scale. Being ‘connected’ in present day is one of the key skills needed for people to ‘be successful’ in order to meet the growing needs of our information age. Further as Howard Gardner states from his Can Technology Exploit Our Many Ways of Knowing? “…new technologies make the matierials, vivid, easy to access, and fun to play with–and they readily address the multiple ways of knowing that humans possess.”
Is the amplification of learning in the digital age and being connected really make one think better? Would Einstein have been a better learner if he were connected to Facebook, Skype or had a Blog in his classroom or learning environment? What do you think?
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