Using Piktochart I created a poster of the “Ingredients for a successful educator”. At the top of the poster we see three separate categories, PLN, CoP, and Connectivism.
- PLN- I created a bubble of people, sharing information across different platforms. The people are all of different profession and background which offers a diverse network of learning. I gave each person in the image a phone/tablet type device to represent the power of the PLN over the internet and social networks. Marianne Stenger writes in her article, “Where educators once had to rely on meetings, workshops and conferences that were held a couple of times a year at best, they now have a host of online tools and platforms that enable them to interact and collaborate with other teachers anywhere in the world virtually 24/7” My representation of PLN embodies my definition, a group of people using social networking as an additional professional development resource.
- Connectivism- To me connectivism is best represented by a network icon. Simple yet fully defining connectivism. One post explains that connectivism gives people the abilities to share knowledge and information through the information boom that has come with the internet. Justin Marquis wrote, “Connectivism incorporates the additional dimension that learning happens more rapidly in a connected, information rich world through technological mediation.” (Marquis, 2011). This quote painted a clear picture of connectivism and how I wanted to represent it on my poster. The network icon represents connection, but also the importance of the internet and the connections that offer the opportunity to explore connectivism.
- Community of Practice– Community of Practice is very similar to both connectivism and PLN, but the main difference is the “community” aspect. The Wenger-Trayner website defines community of practice as, “…groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”(2015). These are people that are here with you , who are working or living life with you. From this community you find common interests and start to build from. I chose this icon simply because it shows three people in proximity of each other, connected in a common way.
As the image travels down, the three separate colors come together into one measuring cup, adding up into a successful educator. Without utilizing each of these theories and thought processes, modern teachers can be in danger of getting left behind.. There is an overwhelmingly large amount of information, and as a community or network education, (teachers and students) will greatly benefit from these activities.
Marquis, Justin. “Looking at Connectivism as a New Learning Theory.” Blog. Online Universities. 29 December 2011.
Stenger, Marianne. “Educators are Ditching Traditional Conferences for Blogs and Twitter.” informED. Open Colleges. Web, 6 July 2014.
Wenger-Trayner, E. &Wenger-Trayner, B. (2014). “Communities of Practice a brief introduction“. Wenger-Trayner. Retrieved from http://wenger-trayner.com/introduction-to-communities-of-practice/