In the Living with New Media report messing around involves experimenting and exploring and doing things just to learn more. It is more of a tinkering culture, a figuring things out, something I feel is where I am almost stagnant at least in some aspects of tech. I’ve been playing around with code, but I definitely haven’t geeked out. I’ve been working on the blog, but again, more tinkering and exploring.
Tinkering and Connectivism
Tinkering fits nicely with a connectivist viewpoint. Connectivism as George Siemens
describes it is a fuzzy process which involves tinkering and no longer just happens at school or just from humans. We can tinker with things, or converse with people and our knowledge grows.
The ability to see connections between things, and create connections is a valuable skill according to Siemens. We need to help our students make those connections, and technology is one way we can connect people to sources of information.
Tinkering with things allows us to experience, which we can then share with others to not only consume knowledge but to produce it.
For me, slowing down and seeing or making the connections is an important step in the process. Slow education
involves making those connections and deepening our understanding, maybe even “geeking out”. We are sharing our process together, so we need to take the time to develop our community, learn together, tinker together, wonder together. Connectivism doesn’t see our learning as dumping information, it is a process of looking for connections, meeting people, learning more, and directing ourselves. As Siemens said we need the opportunity to plug into knowledge when we don’t have it, but sometimes I think it’s important to slow down and see where the outlet actually is.
I think we stop messing around when we start to dig deeper into things. Slowing down, looking at systems and making connections is a great way for us to start making these connections.