The Networked Student
The video begins by telling us about a student who is studying psychology at 21st Century high school. The narrator states that he attends class three times a week and twice online, has no textbook and his teacher rarely ever lectures. When I heard this I couldn't help but wonder if his teacher never lectures then why does he even go to class. I thought the whole point of attending class was to listen and learn from what the teacher has to say. If the teacher is not lecturing and providing information to the students then there is no need for them to attend. Hearing this also made me think that this may be one of the teachers who simply is not doing her job, and expects the students to learn on their own.
I also noticed in this video that the student was doing all his learning through database searches and social networks. Although I believe that these can very valuable resources, I am not sure if it is the best way to primary learn your information. I personally do not enjoy sitting behind a computer. I admit that I rarely check my email, barely get on Facebook, and would not have a Twitter account if it wasn't required for this class. I would not say I like to learn by reading books all day, but I learn best by reading, taking notes from lectures, and highlighting key points.
After watching this video I feel that while the teacher taught him certain tools and methods, she didn't really teach him any of the material. He gathered all the information himself and she taught him how to organize it. I look at her more as a guide or counselor rather than an educator. Also, I feel that most of the methods used were setup as more of a group sharing a common interest and discussing that interest rather than an actual learning process. In conclusion I believe that the networked student still needs a teacher. The methods a networked student knows is valuable, but as a tool not a primary learning process.
My Personal Learning Network
Since I just started using a PLN I wasn't real sure where to start. My PLN compared to the girl from the video's is very "weak." She has quite a lot of tools on hers that I do not have yet, but I really look forward to using a PLN and in time, I too, will have many tools.