By Jackie Gerstein
I’ve written about connections before in It’s All About Connection.
Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning. Connection has a lot of meanings and connotations:
Here are some of the connections I thought of that can/should be part of both formal and informal education:
- Connecting of Neural Networks in the Brain – New brain connections form in clusters during learning
- Connecting of Concepts – Deep Conceptual Learning: Creating Connections That Last
- Connecting with the Internet and Computer Networks -Technology Integration for the New 21st Century Learner
- Connecting of Human Networks (as in PLNs – Personal Learning Networks) – Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy
- Connecting with Oneself (as with One’s Esteem, Culture, Self-Knowledge) – Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection
- Social Connections: Humans Connecting Deeply and Authentically with Another – It’s All About Relationships
- Connecting Objects to One Another (as in Making) – Making (in School): A Letter of Recommendation
- Connecting with the Past, Present, and Future – All people are living histories
- In fact, I have come to believe that connection and all of its implications is one of the most important concepts in understanding, engaging in, and facilitating powerful learning experiences.