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Story of Us

#WalkMYWORLD (1)This Learning Event’s Summary is sharable:

#WalkMyWorld #LE10 – Story of Us. Where have we gone together? How have you connected as you’ve shared your world?


Welcome to Learning Event #10 (#LE10) for #WalkMyWorld 2016.

Throughout the #WalkMyWorld Project in 2016, we’ve shared multimodal content (images, video, audio, and text) to share a walk in your world. In this time, you may have peeked over and checked out what others have shared. In this final learning event, we’ll think about the story of us.

Take into consideration

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. – Herman Melville

Learning often is linked to social and cultural contexts. We learn by interacting and actively engaging with others while focusing on content and curriculum. We teach others by inspiring them to connect and then express what they have learned in multiple formats. As technology changes how we live and communicate, it has also changed how we learn. Learning theories should describe the social principles and processes that are present as we socialize and connect through technology.

Connectivism is one learning theory for the digital age that emphasizes the role of social and cultural contexts. This learning theory views knowledge as a networked structure, and learning as a process focused on utilizing this network. In the learning network, nodes and connections exist across learners, spaces, and contexts. As a learning theory, connectivism identifies opportunities to utilize this “neural tapestry” to empower learners to engage and succeed on their own.

The video below discusses connectivism as it relates to other theories we use to understand learning.

In #WalkMyWorld 2016, we’ve been looking at digital storytelling and utilizing digital tools and spaces to share a walk in each of our worlds. We have also connected and been motivated by the work of others as we collectively share. Many of us will leave this experience with new nodes and connections in the learning tapestry that makes up a part of our world.

Your Response

In the last learning event (#LE9), you curated all of the information you shared over the previous eight learning events. You pulled all of these learning events together into the story of me, and shared it out with the community.

In this final learning event for 2016, please reach out and examine the materials someone else shared out for #LE9. Look at their work and the story they constructed over this year in the #WalkMyWorld Project. What did you learn about this individual during your walk together? What elements of their walk resonate with materials that you shared in your story?

In a post, please share out a link or connect with the other participant and their materials shared for #LE9. Include feedback, support, and critical review. Many times it is hard to evaluate and review the work of others. It’s important that we provide insight to others as to how their work is received as we all build, share, & connect online.

As in previous learning events, share your contribution using the #WalkMyWorld hashtag and keep close to the hashtag to see what others are sharing.

Please include #LE10 to indicate the learning event. You may also include a hashtag to recognize your own learning network.

last steps for 2016

As we end this iteration of the #WalkMyWorld project, please keep in mind that these activities and the guidance we glean from this experience are openly available online for you to use. If you enjoyed these activities, please feel free to remix the work and use it in your own classroom. There are now ten learning events for 2016, ten for 2015, and ten for 2014. These learning events have been used in classrooms from Kindergarten up through higher education. You can use, remix, and modify them as you see fit.

Please remember that these materials will remain online for your use. You can complete the activities and share your work out online to the #WalkMyWorld hashtag after we have concluded the learning activities. There are always people monitoring, watching, and sharing in this learning network. Please stay in touch.

If you have feedback, or would like to share information about how you have utilized these materials, please connect with one of the organizers in the project. You may also contact Ian O’Byrne (wiobyrne@gmail.com) directly if you specific questions or comments.

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