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Ok so it is a little past the end of week 1, but here is my take on what I got from week 1 of the #CCK11 course.

I got confusion, a glimmer of understanding and a desire to know more. – not bad for one week.

So what did I learn:  At the end of this post I have embedded my notes that I have taken from the readings in week 1, please note that they are my notes and any mistakes or omissions are not intentional.

In summary: With the rise of technology and the amount of information available, the life of knowledge has diminished.  It has also bought rise to the use of term ‘information overload’, something that we all have suffered at one point or another.

So how do we deal with this information overload, especially when learning informally- and how do we learn in this time of technology.  What do we do when knowing where to find the knowledge is just as important as knowing how and what you are looking to learn.

This is when the theory of connectivism  can help.  It takes the new technology into account, and looks at learning and creating knowledge by creating connections.
One of the founding principles is that the ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today.

Learning is the creation of new connections and patterns, as well as the ability to maneuver around existing networks/patterns.

These connections can hold experiences that we cannot, hence the phrase “I store my knowledge in my friends”.
It is important to know the difference between important and unimportant information, as well as when new information can alter the platform on which previous decisions were made.

So what is knowledge in this context, as George Siemens stated, its the having of a thought that you can’t not know, and that you can’t unthink.  (As he explained- it’s finding Wally in a Where’s Wally picture, then being asked to unfind Wally).  How does one teach or learn connectivism?  There are 4 main strategies (or activities)- aggregate (gather), remix (draw connections), repurpose (create) and feedforward (share).

In conclusion:  This theory and way of learning, seems a lot like what we are teaching when we teach student’s information literacy.  How to utilise connections (technology – databases, google, LMS, twitter; and people- classmates, teachers,librarians) to find out their ‘Wally’.  It’s the forming of these connections that you can use and reuse that is of equal importance to what (information, knowledge) is taken (or learnt) from these connections.

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