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George Siemens Gets Connected

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01.15.2014

The basic idea of connectivism is that knowledge is something that does not reside in a person's head, but rather is distributed throughout networks. In other words, knowledge is not just the contents of my brain; it is also the apps on my iPhone, the people in my address book, and the websites in my browser.

"Most learning needs today are becoming too complex to be addressed 'in our heads,'" Mr. Siemens wrote in a 2008 blog post. "We need to rely on a network of people (and, increasingly, technology) to store, access, and retrieve knowledge and motivate its use. The network becomes the learning."

Education, then, is "a connection-forming process," in which "we augment our capacity to know more" by adding nodes to our personal networks and learning how to use them properly.
 
'Knowledge is ambiguous; you have to be able to understand that what the teacher tells you is a guidepost, a framework for you to develop your thinking,'" 

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