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Friday, March 9, 2012

Blog Post 7

The Networked Student
Wendy Drexler

This video is different then any other video I have seen. In this video they use artwork drawn out and just wipe it away when they get done with one piece. I honestly do not know if I am ready to be a teacher to a network student. I am still learning technology myself. I am afraid that a student will come and ask me how to do something and I will not be able to answer them correctly. I guess that first thing I need to do before I become a teacher like this is have a good PLN. A PLN will help in so many ways. I will have access to websites I have used in school that helped me answer questions I did not know. I will also have access to other teachers, so if I need answers then I can ask them and hopefully one will have the answer.

I was home schooled my junior year of high school through an online program. I had all my assignments and reading material on the computer so I did not need actual books. The only negative thing about this program was when I emailed or called a teacher for help on something I did not understand they never replied. I had no idea about PLN or all the things Google offers till this year. I think if I would have known about this technology and has a PLN I would have been fine. I guess I had a negative look on online learning till I started this year with EDM 310 and had help from a lot of different sources.

I do not know if I agree with Ms. Drexler doing this with middle school students. I worry that they do not know enough of the fundamentals behind each subject to be self-lerners. I am very interested to see how it turns out and maybe I will be more persuaded to give this network student a try. I understand that the network student needs a teacher. If this is what schools are going to I think that colleges need to spend more time on teaching us how to be this type of teacher so we are better prepared when we step out into the teaching world. I hope that I will be able to teach my students how to build a network and I hope I will be successful as a network teacher.

Personal Learning Environment

This video explains the advantages of being able to have a PLE and a paperless class. The 7th grader explains how she uses her PLE for her science class. I really see no difference in her PLE from my PLN. Both are used to help keep track of websites and tools that are useful. They also both let you search right there and add it to which ever tile you need to. I really like the idea of having a PLN and think it will be very helpful in my first years as a new teacher.


  1. I think a PLN is a great way for teachers to connect with others and share information throughout online networks. I am excited to start mine and let others know how great this tool can be.

    Don't be afraid of not knowing how to answer a question. Not knowing the answer may open the door to you and your student finding the answer together. I am glad the EDM 310 has helped change your outlook on the online world.

    I also think that the networked student is a bit too intense. Especially with students who have not yet reached high school. I believe that middle-school students should learn in a classroom environment and have supervised time online to network.

    Overall, your blog was good. I would recommend adding workable links to better your post and writing at least two paragraphs for each subject.

  2. "I am afraid that a student will come and ask me how to do something and I will not be able to answer them correctly." You absolutely MUST abandon this fear. It will happen. A lot! Just follow the EDM310 motto: I don't know Let's find out! And don't forget let's is plural! See what Jeanminette has to say about this in her comment.

    "I did not understand they never replied." Is if missing after understand?

    Interesting. Thoughtful.