How do my pipes look like?

The quote I read in Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

The pipe is more important than the content within in the pipe.

sticks to my mind since I started to read about Connectivism.

How do my pipes look like?

I’m still amazed by the fact that we decide what to learn, where to learn, when to learn, how to learn, and from who to learn. Recently I attended several sessions and listened to keynotes at the Global Education Conference. It was totally my decision what information and knowledge I want to get. It took place all over the world and definitely enhanced my learning through the diversity of people who presented and shared something. It was also my decision how I want to learn. Depending on the topic I sometimes was just a listener but if possible I tried to contribute to the learning experience within that specific setting.
But the pipe always has two directions, right? While attending one session called Students as Creators or Makers: Tools to foster Higher-order Thinking Skills I thought, next year I could give it a try as well. I’m getting there …

19th Century emails
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The more familiar pipes for me are of course blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. To many people I try to explain it and compare it to an old fashioned post box. You are interested in something; you subscribe it and the mailman brings the mail to you.

But: Too often it goes only one direction, right?

 

A great experience on Twitter was for me when I first time had a question and I got answers. Or there was a question and I could contribute to it. There is the flow in the other direction. Vivian (@chezVivian) describes on her blog a professional conversation about assessment on Twitter. The knowledge is flowing back and forth through the pipe therefore it’s a really good learning experience. #pypchat – I’ll join you very soon.

Flowing in both directions
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Facebook more than Google+ but they are both platforms for me to get inspiring input and to share worth reading articles, blog posts or ideas.  Collaboration and creating together with other educators and experts doesn’t happen yet to the extent that I imagine it to happen. One idea would be to connect with other German teachers at international schools in Germany. Let’s get together.

The wish to collaborate and connect more with other teachers led me to the question: Did a job description change? How? What kind of teacher I would like to work with if I had the chance to hire somebody?

Inspired by Ceci’s blog post Ceci 2.0 as well as by the table in What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education I wondered how a job description for a teacher could look like. I haven’t seen any since my mind shift regarding education has started. I’m not in the position of hiring people but I asked myself what kind of teacher I would like to be and what kind of teacher I would like to work with. Experiences and knowledge are important but not the most important anymore. In my opinion, one very important part is how much somebody is connected to get the flow of knowledge and information in both directions and within the whole community of learners.

The following pictures (on thinglink.com) shows my first thinking about it. A colleague brought up the ISTE standards to add. Sure. What would you add?

2 Replies to “How do my pipes look like?”

  1. That question “How does my pipe look?” is going to stick with me 🙂

    The idea that connectivism is a TWO way conversation is an important one. Twitter is boring after a while if you don’t jump into a conversation. And now more than ever learning is boring if you don’t add to conversation. One thing I’ve really noticed about COETAILers is that they often start presenting or sharing ideas, because they realize they CAN. So I’m really intrigued to see what you will be adding to the conversation and how you will help lead that in the Europe.

    And I love that mindmap…I’m sure I’ll have things to add to that.

    1. Thanks, Rebekah for your encouragement. And I’ll get my chance because probably there will be tech conference next May at our school. But first the final project which could be a good start to share something bigger. Or I share my experience with Coetail … ahaha, step by step. 😉

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