Pedagogy used: Connectivism

By exploring the content of this subject, I found that it is exciting even just started journey. By watching one of the video in the Orientation Week, I have clearly understood the learning objectives to be achieved by the end of the semester. I have found some similarities and realized how this subject is taught.

The pedagogy used in this subject is connectivism theory. Connectivism emphasizes on the connections between people and importance role of networks. According to Siemens (2005), social network has become an element of learning in this digital era by recognizing the theory of connectivism is a new trend of learning path. A list of principles of connectivism has been stated:

  • “Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
  • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
  • Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
  • Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
  • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
  • Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.” (Siemens, 2005).

Connectivism is beneficial when right people and right learning context has been connected, the learning ecology of the group can nurture the flow of information effectively. Just like my learning journey of ICT & Pedagogy now, I am a networked student where connecting with the USQ Programme with the professional and career, who are developing my understanding and knowledge through online discussion in forums. I am really amazed and in a way excited by knowing this kind of communication and learning way is such a powerful tool. Happy learning! 😀

 

Reference

Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_05/article01.htm

Use of ICT in my context

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This is my new chapter of learning which is about how ICT could help in young children’s learning and development. Aim of JL’s blog is to convince the teachers and educators why integrating ICTs into children’s learning are a good idea. Throughout this coming 3 months, I will be sharing what I’ve learnt about role of ICT in the curriculum in the teaching context.

In my country, ICT has been slowly integrated in the curriculum. This is because the parents and teachers nowadays do belief and aware of ICTs does empower young children’s learning. In fact, most of the schools are still running the traditional system since one of the reason is the teachers may not have experience in practicing IT. Seeing ICT is useful which provides rich and wide range of information, thereby the government of Malaysia plans to provide relevant programs and training for transformation.

Here is a news by Lim (August 9, 2009) about early childhood education in Malaysia.

ICT tools in the early childhood setting (Lim, 2009).

 

Additionally, I have read these two posts from edudemic: ‘3 Reasons Why You Should Find Time For EdTech ‘ by Lee (March 9, 2013) and ‘Why ‘I Don’t Have Time For Technology’ Is No Longer Excusable ‘ by Powers (February 24, 2013) recently. I found my reasons for not frequently and low confident using technology in my teaching context:

  • My personal attitude of follow the trends in this digital era. I should have a child-motivated-minded for teaching in this digital world. Therefore, I need to be a life-long learner as I’m learning to teach now!
  • My colleagues are mostly from the older generation who have grown up in a non-digital era. And they do believe in teaching using the way they grown up. Therefore using ICTs in teaching is less applicable.
  • Limited resources in my working place. There are no additional ICT tools around the school compound, except television and CD player. Network is not available. Perhaps the school’s owner has her personal perspectives and pedagogy in operating kindergarten.

In short, I do agree with teaching using ICTs in education. I believe that with the framework of right pedagogy and philosophy in teaching young children, technology can assist and benefit children in all learning areas.

Need more info about early childhood education in Malaysia? Click here.

 

References

Lee, C. (March 9, 2013). 3 reasons why you should find time for edtech. Retrieved March 10, 2013, from http://edudemic.com/2013/03/3-reasons-why-you-should-find-time-for-edtech/

Lim, R. (August 9, 2009). For our children [Image]. Retrieved March 2, 2013 from http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2009/8/9/education/4469959&sec=education

Powers, B. (February 24, 2013). Why ‘I don’t have time for technology’ is no longer excusable. Retrieved March 10, 2013, from http://edudemic.com/2013/02/i-dont-have-time-for-technology/