During the first week of the Contemporary Pedagogy class we had the opportunity of watching three documentaries related to Connected Learning. Before I start talking about my point of view, I need to confess that this was the first time in my live that I heard such term. Im a PhD student from the the Civil Engineering department without any idea of what Connected Learning could be or with what purpose was created. After a couple of random searches I found the following definition of Connected Learning (http://connectedlearning.tv/frequently-asked-questions#pastandpresent):
Connected learning is a model of learning and social change that is not defined by a specific technology, tool, or technique. Instead, connected learning is defined by a commitment to social equity and progressive learning, and seeks to mold the uptake of new technologies and techniques based on these commitments.
This definition seems to broad to me. From what I understood Connected Learning is the way of learning from everything in every possible way without thinking that learning can be achieved in this unique way that can’t be changed. From the three videos I decided to talk about the case of the ninth-grader Charles Raben, What Does Connected Learning Look Like? During the interview, this young boy said something that caught my attention. He believes that learning can happen anywhere. There is so much truth in those words since in fact you can learn from your daily experiences, from the people that you meet everyday or even from what you overheard from other peoples conversation while having a coffee.
Charles decided by himself to leave the usual daily learning experience at school by helping a newsstand operator that was going to lose his license in the state of New York. He had the opportunity of learning how to acquire signatures for a petition and during that process he was able to feel the sensation of achieving something in his life. He acquired a whole new experience which may not be related to his math or science class but he had the chance to see that in every person that we meet there is a new story to learn that hasn’t been written in a book.
From my point of view, us as future professoriate, we need to consider every possible approach and never stick to one idea. Is not too late for current professors to direct their effort into this emerging way of bringing a new learning experience to their students, because at the end the students will pass on what they learned from those experiences and they will put it into practice to achieve more thing in life.