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“The only thing that is constant in the world is change” is one of the best quote that has had a profound impact in my life .When I started to listen to Dan Pink video, I was more than connected and found my relevance to what he was saying, as it showed and talked about the changes and decisions purposely taken by me. First it did talk about the fact that I am right now living in India and if you happen to go to the rural side 50 dollars or 60 does make a difference in the wages and the salaries of a person as there are many who live in the level of as we call it BPL(below poverty line).Then at the same time I was privileged enough to be the part of AES community for and then moving on to provide my time and services to the Women rural Empowerment Program. Though this I knew for sure would not be an easy task but the satisfaction to see that one can deeply change the life of people who are underprivileged is more than words can tell. So not only am I glad to learn and to be guided well with the plethora of knowledge and learning that I have got by being a part of the COETAIL community at the same time to actually see it happening to touch “the future of Education” in rural parts too.
When someone ever questioned me as to what do I do to earn for a living then my first reply to them is that I am an ESL teacher and the cynical looks that I get tells me more to what they really want to convey. Though, my inner voice is thoroughly embraces to be a part of Education sector as I guess nothing else can be as good as this, and with the change of trends in Education and future it has given me the power to relish and cherish the whole scenario of Education. I poignantly explain that thankfully the times have changed from one textbook to be done in the class with limited resources available in hand to opening the doors of knowledge by gaining and engaging in the world without walls and to experience change by collaborating and sharing the power that technology has embedded in our lives in a great way is truly motivating. With so much information, we need to teach students better research and selection skills, and with the content available on the net there has been a shift in by, teachers are recording their lessons ahead of time, putting readings, videos and questions on wikis or blogs, and having assignments available so that sick or students away has something to gain of what actually might be happening in the class.
I am truly in agreement with the learning theory for the digital age where George Siemens who in his conclusion reiterates that the he pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses.
Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism does provide an insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.
Times have changed and thanks to Professional Development, I am inserting one of my COETAIL blogger who has gone under detail of various resources and links available for the Educators to embed it in the path of learning .Still when we do know the fact that we keep meeting different kind of people every day. One who want to learn and unlearn and the ones who really want to do it only if pressurized or if they are getting any material gain. Thankfully I belong to the category where I realize that I am a Digital immigrant who wants to blend in with Digital natives for Empowering future.
When I started of my journey with Multdisciplinary Studies with SUNY,my first course was to learn more about teaching individuals with exceptionalities in Regular Classroom which I enjoyed a lot but when I started with my COETAIL courses I was having a daunting feeling in my mind as to will I be able to do my bit. Although I am not going to say that I am at the top of my learning’s but to learn and then enabling to teach even to my co-workers has been truly reverberating. Now I am trying to be more innovative and technology driven in my centre, pushing our administrators and heads to pull out funds to get technology in the class has taken time and is still challenging in its own way, but step by step and hand in hand we will try to make the world just a little bit better. Thanks to the MOOC and University of the People, I have started passing the word around to the ones who want to learn and get benefit without paying much is like trying to work on the goal which is in the track of “MISSION EDUCATION” with envisioning the future of education technology.
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