Enter Nonlinear, Visually Active (Cognitively Engaged) Learning

From Teemu Arina (hat tip to mega-educator aggregator, Stephen Downes)

This is exactly why those people who use RSS readers to scan through thousands of feeds, read blog posts from various decentrally connected sources and who engage themselves into assembling multiple unrelated sources of information into one (probing connections between them) have much greater ability to sense and respond to changing conditions in increasingly complex environments than those who read only the major newspapers, watch only the major news networks and don’t put themselves into a difficult situation of being hammered with a lot of stuff at once.

Linear, intentional learning was how you learned in the past. Enter nonlinear, visually active way of learning of the future.

This is where we must move and yet, it starts with teachers building their own Personal Learning Network from a variety of sources. 

  • Are your students building a PLN for each project or major course of study?
    (We use igoogle & netvibes.)
  • Do they have to authentically research a unique topic, and synthesize, summarize, and collaborate with others to explain both verbally and visually?  (like Flat Classroom but certainly that is not the only example.)
  • What is your story?  What do you think needs to happen to move students to the nonlinear, visually active mode of learning, that I might add, must also include cognitive engagement by the person and not just an attempt at plagiarizing (which is the top issue I have when moving to this model.)

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Slide taken from Flattening Classrooms, Expanding Minds.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

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Ernie Easter November 16, 2008 - 2:32 pm

Please consider setting up a wiki or other means to capture the responses to

“What is your story? What do you think needs to happen to move students to the nonlinear, visually active mode of learning, that I might add, must also include cognitive engagement by the person and not just an attempt at plagiarizing (which is the top issue I have when moving to this model.)”

If your readers will cross post this request on their blogs with a link to your collection page I feel you would see an explosion of ideas. I will certainly cross post this to seedlings and Twitter.

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