8:30 – 9:30

Back Channel Chat


Some questions to explore in relation to learning theories and the impact of technology and new sciences (chaos and networks) on learning:

  • How are learning theories impacted when knowledge is no longer acquired in the linear manner?
  • What adjustments need to made with learning theories when technology performs many of the cognitive operations previously performed by learners (information storage and retrieval).
  • How can we continue to stay current in a rapidly evolving information ecology?
  • How do learning theories address moments where performance is needed in the absence of complete understanding?
  • What is the impact of networks and complexity theories on learning?
  • What is the impact of chaos as a complex pattern recognition process on learning?
  • With increased recognition of interconnections in differing fields of knowledge, how are systems and ecology theories perceived in light of learning tasks?

Principles of connectivism:

  • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
  • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
  • Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
  • Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
  • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
  • Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.



Evidence-Based Practices Report – ED.gov

In September 2010, the Department of Education issued a detailed report that conducts a meta-analysis of 45 published studies that compare online and face-to-face learning. This analysis demonstrates very convincingly that online learning methods are, on average, at least as effective as face-to-face learning. Further, hybrid methods, which involve both methods of instruction are considerably more effective than either method alone.

Stages of Technology Use

Ruben R. Puentedura’s SAMR Model

SAMR Matrix

Tech Generations

My Thoughts


Content Overload vs. Filter Failure:

What are the skills needed by students to be successful in a fast-paced, changing world?

Google A Day
Google Search Posters
Google Scholar
Google News

Search Lesson for K-2
Search Lesson for 3-5
Search Lesson for 6-8
Search Lesson for 9-12

Power Search Course by Google


15 Minute Activity


Bloom’s Revised HOTS for Technology

Technology is more than a tool

 Lecture as Content Delivery is Dead

Further Readings:

COETAIL Graduate Program

Flip Manifesto ~ Dan Pink

Drive ~ Dan Pink

Educase – 7 things to know about the flip

Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation

The Next Tech Generations

Cell Phone Activations Hit 5 Billion Worldwide

Six Spaces of Social Media

New Words Added to Oxford Dictionary

What Google and Facebook are hiding

Country Domain Extensions

Technology as a skill not a tool

Reach – Jeff Utecht – FREE Book!

The Networked Teacher