The Anatomy of a Highly Connected Person

Reading Stephen Downes post about Highly Connected People has been a very informative piece.  A lot of what he mentions in this blog make a lot of sense in that we have to be reactive to what we read, avoid the people who have a chip on their shoulder or something to prove, and make it a priority to stay connected with people online.

The fourth thing he mentions sharing.  This can come from articles you have read or documents you have created.  Whatever it may be, it establishes relationships with others and helps to define who you are in the digital community.  The rapport you develop with others will determine their willingness to share with you and the quality of the relationship.  This may seem like common sense, but it is good to see again some times.

The fifth and sixth habit mentioned is something that we are trying to establish in all 21st century students: resourcefullness and collaboration.  Students today are already familiar with how to find information they really want to know more about and will use their resourcefullness to find the answers to the questions they’re curious about.  We need to help develop these skills.  While finding information is part of it, students need opportunities to collaborate with one another.

The last habit is probably the most important: Be yourself.  By being yourself, you are staying true to who you are as a person and the beliefs you choose to accept.  The posts you place in the blogosphere should be a reflection of yourself.

Even though this may not relate to what we are talking about this week, it is still an interesting blog to read.

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3 Responses to “The Anatomy of a Highly Connected Person”

  1. Thanks for the feedback and I’m delighted you found it of interest!

  2. You stated that the students would find information if they were interested in it. I guess that means our jobs as teachers are to make the students interested in it so they can go and find out more about it. I know, easier said than done. Just wanted to add what I thought as I read what you wrote.

  3. It is easier said than done, but it is not impossible. We can find ways of motivating students to want to know more.


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