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Assignment 3 CCK12 - My Presentation on the influence of connectivism on my view of learning
Joanne, Road2Learn, Apr 21, 2012
Here is the link to my Assignment #3 Presentation for "Connectivism, Networked Learning, and Connective Knowledge". You can find my presentation on this Vimeo video at: My presentation explains the influence of connectivism on my view of learning. I also talk about the depth and diversity of my own learning networks. And, in closing, here is a picture of George Dawon, who learned to read at 98 years of age. This picture always give me heart and spirt for ... 2012-04-20T18:37:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Changing views and systems: we've got a long way to go! – Week 12 - CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Apr 10, 2012
George Siemen'sarticle, "New Structures of learning: Thesystemic impact of connective knowledge, connectivism and networked learning"( for a fascinating read between Barrie and Kingston this Easter weekend.Between stopping to view various wildflowers (Spring Beauty, Dutchmen's Breeches,Hepatica, Bloodroot and a very early Trillium...), I learned a great deal aboutconnectivism and learning. Specifically,I learned that while ... 2012-04-09T15:51:00.002-07:00 [Comment]

Week 11 – Research and Analytics – Data Maniacs CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Apr 04, 2012
PROSThe Internet and new technology gives risesto many new ways to research, analyse and evaluate. Many trends can now beanalysed via Google analytics, Google blog search, Twitter hash tags, YouTubehits and ranking, Facebook analytics, Amazon rankings and ratings, and othermethods. This has lead to many new and exciting possibilities for datagathering, research and evaluation. The fact that much of this data (thanks totechnology) now comes to us easily, and at no cost, is of great benefit,... 2012-04-03T13:29:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Week 10 – Role of the Educator – Brave New World! – CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Apr 03, 2012
I agree with the week 10 readings that therole of the educator is changing dramatically. In literacy we have longemphasized that while the school system and teachers are important for theeducation of the children, in fact the family has a profound impact on a child'ssuccess at school. "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents"would be one familiar refrain in literacy. In my forays into high education I haveoften been miffed at the common mantra of that teachers should ... 2012-04-03T11:18:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Open, closed and the need to just survive! – Week 9 CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Mar 19, 2012
The readings this week on openness andtransparency were extremely interesting. I believe deeply in the concept ofopenness in education for the following reasons:It is an extremely helpful way to build upeducational resources, curriculum, ideas, AND strategies that result in betterteaching and more effective learning experiencesIt is a powerful tool for building educationalcommunities of learning and peer relationshipsIt develops global linkages and knowledgesharingIt is a cost-effective way ... 2012-03-19T12:10:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Power, the Long Tail, and e-publishing on Kindle – Week 8 CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Mar 16, 2012
Power and authority, always interesting topics! I agree that new medias have allowed for an unprecedented level of communication and collaboration which in turn has resulted in a strong voice for ordinary people. Whether it is politicians who quickly respond to Facebook protests from constituents (for example, Premier Dalton McGuinty changing his policy on the process for licensing young drivers due to a Facebook campaign from young Ontarians), or companies who change products and policies ... 2012-03-16T10:49:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Complex Adaptive Systems – Martin and Rosa and Joseph - Week 7 CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Mar 11, 2012
The idea of complexadaptive systems rings true – and leaves me feeling oddly hopeful. My owninstinct and experience have long told me that the universe is an unpredictableand complex place. It is not as easily subjected to unwavering laws andunbreakable rules as some would have it. It is not a giant jigsaw puzzle or amachine, that with time, effort and study you could understand, fix, and replicate.Such theories of a complicated universe do not account for the ability ofinteractions, ... 2012-03-11T12:16:00.003-07:00 [Comment]

Personal Learning Networks / Environments - CCK12 / Week 6
Joanne, Road2Learn, Mar 03, 2012
A Personal Learning Network is a network of people that you connect with for the purpose of learning. PLNs are often informal and are always personalised based on the needs and interests of each individual. I would like to further develop my personal learning network. Upon reflecting on this week's readings and the Thursday night lecture, I think that my network is not diverse enough. George noted during the Thursday class: "If you agree with everyone in your network, your network is ... 2012-03-03T13:37:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Pinterest Rage! CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Mar 01, 2012
True confession - I'm mad at the saintly Pinterest ( Now don't get me wrong, I love social media and was an early adopter of it, and I know Pinterest is great, amazing, fantastic, don't know how I lived without it, blah, blah, blah. I already had an account and I thought it was fine, but certainly not life altering. BUT, how come life as I knew it was great until about 3 weeks ago when everyone I know started pushing Pinterest on me - as though ... 2012-02-29T16:50:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Groups: Love and hate – Week 5 Posting – CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Feb 27, 2012
Stephen Downes in his article "The Group Feeling" ( ) so powerfully articulates some of the benefits and perils of groups. Here is an example of why I hate groups. My grade 9 son has awesome bright, long red hair that he loves. It's his trademark and even his identity. On this past weekend a group of cool kids dared him to shave his head bald to fit in with their group – and he did it. As Stephen mentioned in the above ... 2012-02-27T13:19:00.002-08:00 [Comment]

Adult Literacy and Learning Theories #CCK12 - Week 4
Joanne, Road2Learn, Feb 20, 2012
I work in the field of adult literacy, which overall, is highly influenced by the constructivist theory of learning. Adult learners have typically not succeeded in standard educational institutions and yet they have important and diverse life and work experiences – not to mention incredible coping skills. For our sector, constructivism tends to be a highly valued theory because it values and builds on people's previous life experiences. However, when an adult has extremely low ... 2012-02-20T14:47:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Network Joy!
Joanne, Road2Learn, Feb 14, 2012
Joy, yes joy! Yesterday, the Huntington'sSociety of Canada ( the first-ever research breakthrough for a potential treatment forHuntington's disease (HD). HDis a devastating genetic neurological disease that is incurable, untreatableand which each child of a person with this disease has a 50% chance ofinheriting this terrible and terrifying disease. Some ... 2012-02-14T06:39:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Rhizomes and Canons – Week 3 – CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Feb 09, 2012
Yes to: · Learning without borders – people learningand growing and sharing in ways that interest them and meet their needs andabilities · Networking to share and construct knowledgewith others · Negotiating with others in the learningprocess ·&... 2012-02-08T16:36:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

The M.O.M. Network Solution
Joanne, Road2Learn, Feb 04, 2012
OnThursday, George asked us to think of practical applications for networks forour CCK12 course. Here is a real life network scenario that happened to me onFriday. The Problem: · My13 year-old son accidentally leaves his cell phone at home and heads off to hisGrade 9 classes · His orthodontistcalls with an emergency appointment ... 2012-02-04T07:55:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Network Extravaganza - CCK12 - Week 2
Joanne, Road2Learn, Feb 02, 2012
I have worked for a provincial literacy network for the past 15 years so networking is dear to my heart. My network's role is to link and share information, resources and training with 100 literacy organizations across Ontario. It is easy for me to see the great value provided by networks. However, concepts introduced by the course, such as network optimization and analysis, have caused me to think on a deeper level about networking. Perhaps at ... 2012-02-02T12:16:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Connectivism and the Bookworm - Week 1 of #CCK12 –
Joanne, Road2Learn, Jan 28, 2012
Overall,the concept of connectivism resonates with me. I work in adult literacy and we teach adultswho have not succeeded using traditional learning methods. Literacy educatorsdeeply believe in some of the concepts embedded in connectivism such as the importance of continual, lifelong learning, givinglearners control over their own learning, and developing an individual ism curriculumbased on learner needs and interests. Alsoembedded in literacy instruction is a core ... 2012-01-28T12:46:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Next Steps in #CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Jan 25, 2012
Joining Google group = check / Setting up Diggo = check / Setting up a blog = check / Participating in the Elluminate session = check / Setting up the RSS blog feed to the Daily = check (hopefully!). Whew! Lots of set-up, lots of time, lots of mistakes, lots of learning! Now I've just set up my Twitter account called @Road2Learn: Keeping track of user names and passwords is going to be hard. Especially since I have home and work social media ... 2012-01-24T12:47:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Getting Started - Connectivism & Connective Knowledge - #CCK12
Joanne, Road2Learn, Jan 25, 2012
Hello! My name is Joanne Kaattari and this is my new blog for the course "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2012" This is my second course in the University of Manitoba's "Emerging Technologies for Learning" program. I am deeply interested and involved in new learning technologies. I work in adult literacy where lifelong learning is highly valued. From what I've read and observed so far, this course will involve a lot of experiential learning. Yes! That is my ... 2012-01-23T06:39:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

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