Network Literacy


Focus Question: How do we help our students create, nurture and navigiate their own personal learning networks in safe, ethical, and effective ways? How do we help them:
  • create their own individualized curriculum based on their learning needs
  • find their own teachers and mentors
  • create and edit their own texts
  • create their own classrooms of learners

Essential Questions:
  • What do our current learning networks look like?
  • How is learning in networks different from learning in classrooms?
  • What are the implications for our students?

Networks are all around us.
  • Local and global
  • Real and virtual
  • Fast and slow

Some of my networks
  • Web 2.0 in Ed
  • Family
  • Environmental
  • UU
  • OU
  • Coaching
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Friends

Reliable Networks are (Stephen Downes):
  • Diverse
  • Autonomous
  • Open
  • Connected

Online networks change distance
  • Online, near and far are not physical distances
  • "Near" is constructed
  • "Nearness" is inclusion
  • "Farness" is exclusion

The scale of networks is changing

Knowledge resides in networks
Knowledge is distributed...not just in one place
"The network is more powerful than the node"
The network is also smarter than the node.