Chapter 2, “Developing a Connected Learning Model”, helps the idea of connecting learning communities. The chapter starts off with a notable example on what lies in the future of education. In 2008 students from Israel, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Canada, and the United States all had taken part in the same online class. There were 2,000 students in that class. The class was able to be successful even though it was made up of so many students from all over the world because of being connected and the use of technology. The technology that was used and could be used for classes of this concept of connected learners are some of the following; a wiki, twitter, blogs, netvibes, skype, flicker, elluminate, etc.
Connected learning communities see diversity as a strength and not a weakness. What makes connected learning communities stronger is by having individuals from all over learn by making and developing connections that consist of ideas, experiences, and information. Having diversity allows all the individuals that are involved to see other perspectives and gain other methods on different topics. The connect learning communities come together by interacting, sharing, understanding, accepting, commenting, and creating. I feel that everything that goes into a connected learning community is beneficial for the future of education, careers and a way of life. It will help individuals of all backgrounds come together.
Chapter 2 also discusses a lot of how connected learning communities plays a huge role in education. The chapter talks about when teachers collaborate and share they can become aware of their colleagues with better results. They also end up taking on more effective approaches that can lead to teaching and learning. The chapter also discussed how technology should be applied towards daily personal and professional lives to education, with applying connected learning it will help the student improve on learning.
With all this in mind it helps me prepare for my future career in education. I think the concept of collaborating with others from around the world is an amazing idea. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel to many locations around the world. I feel that I have learned more by traveling than I have in a classroom. It had given me a better comprehension of the world, people, outside perspectives and so much more. So, after reading about connected learning communities, I would love to apply this to my practice of teaching and to my students in the classroom. I feel that it would give them the opportunity to be connected to a diverse population and allow them to be successful no matter where life decided to take them. As a future teacher, knowing that my students have become successful in and outside if the classroom will leave me with the satisfaction that I have done my job correctly and successfully. I look forward to having my students and myself adapt into the connected learning communities.