Through my teaching, I hope to prepare students to function effectively in an information economy as life-long learners. Students need to prepared to learn in the real world, a world that functions without a teacher personally guiding their learning and telling them what to explore and providing caution of information pitfalls. The age of the student does not change the end goal. Connectivism and curation are new versions of traditional learning theories that take into account the social nature of learning through online sources and connections.
Both are significant game changers to best practice. Some people have naturally adapted their personal learning to include connectivism and curation (without even knowing the terms). These early innovators are comfortable with technology and have been able to transition by embracing the ever-evolving learning technologies.
There are students, teachers, and business leaders who are unaware of the benefits of seeking learning outside the traditional classroom. Everyone can be taught to find, connect, store, evaluate, and curate their knowledge.
It is my responsibility to present lessons in rationale and memorable way, so students can access the information when they need it in the future. Activities involving technology will help shape students experiences in the classroom to make them authentic and individualized. The NETS for Teachers (ISTE) advocates the personalization of lessons around specific interests and needs of the learner. This is also part of my professional responsibility, to make the learning relevant to every learner.
The first lesson presented to students would be how to store digital sources so they can be referenced later. There should also be a common place to store information and resources for the class. Diigo is a practical choice for classes because groups can easily be set up. Book marks can be highlighted and commented on by the group. It is critical for students to know where to access the information because the primary resource would not be a textbook. Textbooks have value, but they are not all-encompassing. Blogs and non-peer reviewed articles can an engage an audience more which leads to great discussions. I encourage students to find, evaluate, and share resources that enrich the learning of the entire class. Not all course resources will fit the needs of an individual. A plethora of resources are provided so students can find exactly what makes the lesson relevant to them. Classes should not just be measured by exams to test book knowledge. The real value of learning is to what degree it can be applied to real world practices. The major emphasis would be formative assessments and individual creation-based projects.