Thursday, April 14


HI Everyone!!
I´m Jose A Gómez, The Translator for this amazing week, here are the five terms that hook me up the most, and they have expanded my knowledge about how and why connections matter, way far that I've ever thought before.

COMPLEXITY THEORY It is a theory with three elements, system,  the degree of connection in that system and the complexity, which is the parameter or measurement of something, and elements. The more elements get into the system the more complex it can be so that increases its complexity. It is obvious, in a school would be more complexity because of the number of connexions than a group of friends. It is a theory in which an individual act as an agency that can connect with others creating a system of complexity in which each agency can do something significant modelled the system (for us, it means building knowledge). Like the butterfly effect.  Even the capacity of adaptation to a fix connection which can develop other connections and allow the entire system move up, so, the elements (agencies) can synchronize and create patterns with new connections increasing the complexity endless.
Complexity Theory has a lot of interrelations and networks interconnected among them and each connection encourage the possibilities for another group of connections in a given context (school) thanks the activity of the elements (agencies) that move within a specific system. In others words, as connections are being built by people: teacher, students, families, researchers and so on into school, sharing experiences, culture and wisdom, the knowledge is flourishing limitless creating new possibilities for new connections for new knowledge.

(To expand the information in our Schema-tree)

EDGE OF CHAOS: It is the place in which the complexity between deterministic and randomness takes place. In this place-moment, the redundancy and diversity of ideas are drifting among the class or school. In this area, the knowledge is likely to happen and easily creates the emergent learning. Here the students are allowed to be real agencies of the learning and they can move, speak and share ideas, what means they are essential pieces of a big machinery so that it can run smoothly  by creating new knowledge. The complexity of this place makes undetectable the context emerging learning but valuable.

CONNECTIVISTIC LEARNING THEORY: The theory that asserts that knowledge is created through connections so, learning grows through the networks to which learning belong. It recognises that the new connections of ideas can lead to the creation of knowledge. Thus, the connections are represented in five levels interrelated among them: (1) teacher-student, the positive influence of teachers with students, what they do and what they teach matters. So, when students are connected with the teacher the learning is likely to happen easily. (2) Peers-peers, if we assume knowledge develops through relationships, thus the relation among peers is to contribute in a great way to develop it, so much so in the digital era in which we are living.  (3) Within the learning context, Student meld into the way teachers teach, so creating a context in which learning can occur is crucial for maintaining the connections alive among agents into the school context.  (4) Beyond the class, it occurs when a group of student or teachers share the same interests, talent,  and passions out of the regular curriculum and develop a new knowledge.  (5) Within learning, these are the connections between ideas and the relationship among the levels: individual, the group and knowledge itself.

MASHUP:  The idea of creating a space on the internet with information from other webs. It is an ensemble of different pieces or tools on the internet (APIs) that are combined;  The information is obtained from several web-sources and display in a unique web-site. They serve for creating new knowledge that develops news learning environments by generating  a swarm of pieces of information.
An example can help to understand the idea, think of Google maps (a good example of it), now imagine you go to a city you do not know in which you need to take the bus, train, and a taxi to reach your destination. A Mashup can help you, mixing all the factors you need to move through, the map, the names, and images of streets, the timetables and prices of tickets for train, buses, and the directions of taxi’s stops. Besides, you can see what is your fast option or you cheaper.

( A video of that idea  in our schema-tree )

COOPERATIVE LEARNING: It is an approach in which collaboration and cooperatively either among students or teachers, they become essential parts of the learning process and the knowledge creation. The students can work in small groups where they feel secure; they can share experiences, share weakness and strength. Moreover, they can develop new knowledge taking advance of listening and respecting so that learning because of others experiences. In a cooperative group: students actively participle; respect is cultivated; what is achieve is clearly evident and is taking as a guide; internet tools are made available to expand knowledge; students look back to their past experiences comparing ideas with other… There are thousands of good reasons to use the cooperative learning approach.

I hope you've learnt something new like me. Now, you can share it and star a chain from here. So, a new complexity field, running in an Edge of Chaos of a Cooperative Learning group can Connect everything in a Mashup web.

Jose A Gómez

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