The student in the video had a great learning architect. Stop and think about the steps it took to get the student proficient enough to build his learning network and create his own “textbook”. It didn’t happen over night or suddenly by becoming a high school student. The skills used took time to learn. Start with typing, he had to learn the alphabet and how to read first. To determine fact from opinion he had to be exposed to more than himself, his beliefs, and to discover facts from opinions. Then he had to be able write out his findings and share ideas in a way that others would understand what was being said so they would buy into his ideas. I see the teacher’s role as the learning architect who must determine the timing and flow of the needed core knowledge as guided by the TEKS. The librarian’s role is to help connect the resources with the core knowledge. Teacher and Librarian can then bring the two together using technology.
I am about to find out if a librarian can also play the role of learning architect when the new school year begins since I will have a more flexible schedule that will allow me to work with students and teachers. I believe that teachers are a vital piece since they have to see the importance and understand that connecting the learning can and will meet the TEKS. If I don’t include them in the learning they will only see my lessons as another interruption in their daily lessons, especially those who are not tech savvy and are reluctant to use the connectivism methodology of the 21st century learner.
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