|State Primary School students using XO computers in Uruguay|
Connectivism is a learning theory of the digital age that has been developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes based on their analysis of the limitations of behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism to explain the effect technology has on how we live, how we communicate and how we learn. Taking into account that Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age, it is crucial for us to be updated and study the current use of technology, the decision making processes it entails and the effects on education both on a personal and an institutional level.
Thus, we have to make wise use of technology to manage resources. In Uruguay, for example, students love to use mobile phones in class and they text all the time. Well, if you can´t fight them, you´d better join them and make the most of it.
Similarly, there is an educational program called Plan Ceibal, in which xo computers are incorporated into the classroom for classwork and homework since each Primary School student has one for free. This has been a successful experience but some research on it is required, especially in reference to the network value, in which integration and multi-dimensional process be evaluated, and the different Dimensions of Learning be studied.
I think Alex Hayes´ research will be enlightening on the issue since it will inform on reliable applied contexts for technologies in an educational setting, policy development to guide the dimensions of application and will probably identify the implications of technology on educational arrangements.