Learning Occurs in Social Networks

The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler’s high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros’ Networked Teacher. I hope that teachers will use it to help their colleagues, parents, and students understand networked learning in the 21st century.
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Achieving your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. Randy is still alive and writes an online diary.

Free Hugs Campaign

Every now and then I see something inspiring that demonstrates the strength of the human spirit. I think it also says something about the power of the Internet community. This video recently won an award for most inspirational video on UTube.
“The response to this video has been nothing short of overwhelming and touching. Hugs to every single one of you who messaged. There has been thousands of emails from all over the world by people seeking to participate in the Free Hugs campaign and asking for permission. You do not need permission. This is the peoples movement, this is *your* movement. With nothing but your bare hands you can make THE difference.
Imagine all the people.”
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http://www.freehugscampaign.org
http://www.myspace.com/freehugscampaign
Click twice to start the video

The nature of communication

An autistic woman has produced a video about her language. She describes the video this way. “The first part is in my “native language,” and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.” Click the video twice to start playing.

To see a variety of her videos, see http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=silentmiaow