I’ve been following Wendy Drexler for a while, but just took the time this morning to pull together a few of her resources that are relevant to the concept of the PLN/PLE that’s been put forth for ISWO learners I’ve been “connecting” with. These ideas are valuable throughout education.
The first video is from a couple of years ago, and presents a vision of the connected learner. One comment on the YouTube site was that it would be useful to dig deeper and explore the gaps in this idea.
This has happened.
The next video is about a year later when a Grade 7 student has “lived it”. You’ll notice there are some gaps – the student hasn’t received the expert feedback yet, etc. This link will take you to it:
Finally, Drexler’s scholarly article on the topic:
Here’s a quote focusing on the role of the teacher in this:
“A student’s success depended upon his or her motivation but also greatly on the strategic guidance of the teacher. The teacher’s ability to gauge students’ understanding and progress were key to achieving a balance between student autonomy and teacher intervention.”