“The only way this is relevant to teaching practice is if students have access to technology in the classroom.”
I agree that connectivism is most relevant with classrooms that have technology. However, the basic idea of connectivism has been around before technology and its theory could be applied without the use of current advancements in technology. In George Siemens’ definition of connectivism, “the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories,” he does not mention the need of technology in his theory.
These types of skills that define connectivism, can be applied in other ways with classrooms that lack the technology. For instance, students can network within their school and community by participating in face-to-face interactions or by using other forms of communication. In today’s world, technology has made it much more efficient and easier to apply the principals of connectivity, making it seem impossible without it.