How I became (blog) literate and what (blog) literacy meant to me Stephen Downes National Research Council Canada June 2, ...
<ul><li>Is blogging different from writing? </li></ul><ul><li>The day my life began: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jamie Bell </li...
<ul><li>How I became literate, then… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Was accidental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Happened in the proce...
<ul><li>What is the culture of learning? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We heard from Barbara Ganley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It ...
<ul><li>It doesn’t, necessarily </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take, for example, Scott Wilson’s discussion of organizational cyber...
<ul><li>What is the system is broken? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ganley again: giving up on hope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Per...
<ul><li>What are the digital skills we are teaching? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a hyperlink </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>What happens when we grant people their freedom? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of blogging, but not about the class <...
<ul><li>Blogging as identity and community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Danah Boyd – defining oneself, one’s community </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Self as creator vs self as worker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is teaching work? Is learning work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
<ul><li>A final word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no code, no ethic, that will teach us how to be good bloggers, good te...
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How I became (blog) literate and what (blog) literacy meant to me

  1. 1. How I became (blog) literate and what (blog) literacy meant to me Stephen Downes National Research Council Canada June 2, 2006
  2. 2. <ul><li>Is blogging different from writing? </li></ul><ul><li>The day my life began: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jamie Bell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hemlock Holmes and Higgens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Years later… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The student newspaper years </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>How I became literate, then… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Was accidental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Happened in the process of doing other things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could have been different trans-literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is literacy culture? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are literacy and culture: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One view – filling in the blanks (Kuhn) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What is the culture of learning? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We heard from Barbara Ganley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is a culture of control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And we have to wonder sometimes, whether control is necessary to achieve the desired outcomes, or whether control is the desired outcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does blogging change that? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>It doesn’t, necessarily </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take, for example, Scott Wilson’s discussion of organizational cybernetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We build hierarchical relations into the model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The tension between: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working within the system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with what works </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What is the system is broken? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ganley again: giving up on hope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps change will come from outside the system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are not the change, we are not the revolution </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>What are the digital skills we are teaching? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a hyperlink </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial awareness – movement of files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to use a mobile phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do we teach ourselves? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to make mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What about – ‘how to cross the road’ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>What happens when we grant people their freedom? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of blogging, but not about the class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So should we grant freedom within a framework? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is blogging even something that belongs in a class? “I’m scared or anything that’s got to be assessed” – a blog is a thing you do where you can think out loud </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Blogging as identity and community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Danah Boyd – defining oneself, one’s community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relation to character building in MUD, personal pages, MySpace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just the network of connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared experiences – “Look, he’s standing where I did” </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Self as creator vs self as worker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is teaching work? Is learning work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or are these instances of self-expression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher asked: I want to know what my role is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model of teaching: model and demonstrate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To teach: be the person you want your students to become </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>A final word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no code, no ethic, that will teach us how to be good bloggers, good teachers, good citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What matters is that we are honest with ourselves, and that we share without reservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture – like literacy – is negotiated, a conversation between ourselves </li></ul></ul>
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