We are currently in a technology revolution in education. But it&#x2019;s not what you think. It&#x2019;s not the technology itself. The real revolution is the fact that students have access to technologies outside of school.
Here's the problem. A study of students conducted last year found a majority of forth and fifth graders spend 3 to 6 hours a day on social media unsupervised at home. They play with Myspace, Facebook and all the "sharp scissors" collaborative technology out there. Heck even in 3rd grade there are early adopters in each class using MySpace and collaborating with folks they don't know in their gaming sites. Webkins starts them off at an early age. Yes, that's right, Webkins targets kids with stuffed animals and with each animal they get a login for a social networking site.
Open Education, as it is currently defined, is the use of free and collaborative technologies in education. Fraught with issues about safety, stability which are brought about by misunderstanding and fear, practitioners and proponents of Open Education have a rough row to hoe. Blogs, wikis, free media production software, sites allowing web pages to be built with little or no effort are making things easier to do.
First there was the printing press. Telegraph and telephone for conversations Recordings and Movies for store-and-forward Radio and Television Broadcast one-to-many of the same message. Technologies that were good at creating groups were not good at creating conversations, and the technologies for having conversations were not good at creating groups. Internet has native support for Groups and Individual Conversations. One-to-One, One-To-Many, only the internet is Many-to-Many. Media is less just a source of information, as it is a way of organization a site of coordination, because groups can gather around a piece of media and talk about it. Consumers are producers, not just the audience.
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In the K-5 environment, collaboration must be managed.
The authentic publishing environment can be provided, but without incoming communication. Turn off your computer or monitor if you see something that bothers you. Porn Shui - Diablo Cody, screen writer for Little Miss sunshine
The linear &#x201C;secret&#x201D; writing process must be replaced with a non-linear content development process which includes world-wide publishing, or else our lessons will not be relevant to students.
United streaming summary 1 day training april 2010
United Streaming: Use of
Media in K-12
Two Sections: 5 min Each
• Rules of the Road - 5 min
• Tools & Resources - 5 min
Rules of the Road:
Managing the Shift in Classroom Power
1) What Shift in Power?
2) Networking Yourself
3) Differentiating in a New World
4) Constructivist - the Tom Sawyer Approach to Classroom
5) Students Learn In Groups
Shift In Power
Internet: Native Support for
Groups and Individual
25 Digital Things All
Teachers Should Know
Or, just Google it.
Teacher Productivity Tools
• 25 Digital Things All Teachers Should
– Delicious (tagging)
– Wiki (tagging)
– PhotoSharing (tagging)
– RSS Feeds
– Google.com (Google Sites, Google Reader,
• Sugata Mitra: Hole in the Wall
experiment showed children learn best
at the computer in groups.
– Allow kids to cooperate in the lab
– Formulate teams: Each member’s
strength matches another’s weakness
– Set goals, and some rules &
– Get out of the way.
Open Education Safety
1) Keep your personal information secret.
2) Never meet anyone in real life you only met online.
3) No incoming communications from “outsiders.”
New Publishing Process - For Some
1) Non-linear & Worldwide
2) Must be competitive with what students are doing at
5 Things You Need
2.Free Media Editing Tools
3.Free Media Publishing Tools
4.Free Media Collaboration Tools
5.Free Media Teacher Productivity Tools
• United Streaming: Video, Stills, Audio
• YouTube, Vimeo, Subject-speciﬁc Video Sites:
– Use VPN
– Don’t allow referral videos
– Download using whatever downloader is
available (google “rip youtube videos” for latest
– Request school-wide access via SBTS
– Same as YouTube, but vetted
• iTunes, Google, Flickr (Creative Commons) Other:
– Watch your copyright rights
Free Media Editing Tools
• Windows MovieMaker:
• Edits Video
• Windows PhotoStory:
• Edits Photos into a Movie
• Edits Audio like a Cassette Tape Recorder
• There are a number of online options, check
with your SBTS. (Pixie has a good photo
Free Media Publishing Tools
• Flickr, Picasa
• Social Bookmarking:
• Note: Delicious bookmarks for this
presentation can be found at http://
Free Media Collaboration
• Blogging in Groups & comments
• Wiki page comments
• Twitter in Groups
• Photosharing in Groups
• Social Bookmarking in Groups
Examples of Student Items can be
Foie Gras Parable
Just Google It, or
Make Pictures “Tell”
• Don’t show what your telling
– Talk about what you are showing
• Use Visual Metaphors: Compare 2
• One Prior Knowledge & One New
• One Visual, One Language