I’m not at all sure whether I am going to continue blogging – but I have been thinking a lot about the course and have appreciated the kind comments that people have made on this blog and have sent me by email.
I have been watching and, in a way, waiting to see what, if anything, is going to happen as a result of this course.
John continues to post with a vengeance. I can’t keep up with you John 🙂
Mike has made a wonderful post about his four year old daughter’s use of technology. I can’t help but think she’s a very lucky girl to have such a talented father. I can’t imagine that her school is doing all the things that he is doing with her. Just think of the advantages she will have. My own children were just leaving school as computers and particularly home computers became the norm.
Heli has posted her final thoughts – http://helistudies.edublogs.org/files/2008/12/cck08.pdf. I so admire the people who have managed to do this course in another language.
Sarah has posted her message to George and Stephen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7DEvYc6VVU It’s interesting how much Sarah managed to get a lot out of the course despite absenting herself from it in the middle.
Carmen – like me – is still thinking about the implications of connectivism for learners of all ages and cultures. Carmen’s post reminded me of a post I made very early on in my blog about the tyranny of participation – https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/succumbing-to-the-tyranny-of-participation/
Others are obviously taking a breather (there are no new posts on their blog) or they may have decided to end their blogging. Others still have moved on to other subjects and areas of interest.
I don’t feel quite ready to move on yet. I’m still wondering how best to make use of what I learned. After all it was quite a big chunk out of the year – 3 months! Currently I am thinking – a lot! Reflecting – a lot! I am looking back – through this blog and other people’s blogs to try and pull things together into something more coherent. I am talking to teaching friends and anyone who will listen about what I have learned. I am thinking about how the ideas presented in the connectivism course relate to some research I am doing into learner’s experiences in a virtual community of practice. I think it is very relevant. I am seeking opportunities where I can put what I have learned into practice. That seems to me to be the real test.
It would be really interesting to know how people are applying what they have learned. Is application a necessary part of learning?