Web 2.0 Is Connecting Learners


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Presentation for BCE ICT Forum and QSITE 1 day event 13 October, 2008.
Amanda will discuss the relevance of connectivism theories of
learning and the use of Web 2.0 or social technologies for building the connections between learners - where learners
is both students and teachers. Questions will be posed for reflection on participants connections for their own
learning and the opportunities available within a globally connected world.

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    1. 1. Web 2.0 is Connecting Learners Amanda Rablin Brisbane Catholic Education 13 October, 2008
    2. 2. A warning <ul><li>This presentation may contain: </li></ul><ul><li>Over generalisations (to stimulate discussion) </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing stories (mine and yours) </li></ul><ul><li>Rhetorical & Philosophical Questions that I may invite you to reflect on and discuss </li></ul><ul><li>Some theoretical and academic stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections on Connectedness from someone still learning to be “connected” </li></ul>
    3. 3. What do we mean by Web 2.0? <ul><li>Creating </li></ul><ul><li>Participating </li></ul><ul><li>Remixing </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting & Collaborating </li></ul><ul><li>Network as platform </li></ul>Its power is in connecting people
    4. 4. http://blog.getoutsmart.com/archives/2006/08/09/a-web-20-by-any-other-name/
    5. 5. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=qiP79vYsfbo
    6. 6. Isolation
    7. 7. Connection
    8. 8. Trends in Technologies <ul><li>Horizon Report 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grassroots Video – anyone can capture, edit, upload and share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration webs – create, edit, share, hold meetings in a browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile broadband – mobile devices with internet connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data mashups – custom applications combining data in new ways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collective Intelligence – knowledge emerging from large groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Operating Systems – networks organised around people </li></ul></ul>www.nmc.org/pdf/2008-Horizon-Report.pdf
    9. 9. Categories for Online Learning <ul><li>Social (Learning) Networking and Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronous Communication Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Course/Learning Management </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Repository </li></ul>
    10. 10. So is Web 2.0 connecting learners? <ul><li>Do the connections exist only because of these technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>What Web 2.0 tools do you use for your learning? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What tools have you used to support student learning for: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inquiring? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communicating? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participating? and how? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What do we mean by Learning in a Web 2.0 world? <ul><li>We have the ability to contribute our own ideas and experiences to the sum of human knowledge that we are building online, the impact of the Web is even more powerful. </li></ul><ul><li>- Will Richardson - </li></ul>
    12. 12. George Siemens, Global Summit 2006
    13. 13. Mitchel Resnick, ACEC 2008 , 30 October
    14. 14. What does this mean for teachers <ul><li>John Hattie, University of Auckland 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a difference to student learning? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constant and meaningful feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Student – Teacher relationship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging goals </li></ul></ul>http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/education/staff/j.hattie/papers/influences.cfm
    15. 15. Paradigm Grid, Stephenson and Coomey, 2001 Metaphor, Brisbane Catholic Education, 2008
    16. 16. Practically Speaking… <ul><li>Social (Learning) Networking and Collaboration Global projects on think.com </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolio + Students creating visible portfolios and reflections for open feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronous Communication Tools Using tools like skype to talk to other classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds + Skoolaborate schools collaborating globally in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Course/Learning Management Integrating collaborative and class content </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Repository Sharing, creating and tagging content together. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Some responses via <ul><li>we used a wiki with a school in Scotland & shared lifestyles, interests etc Pam Thompson, Adelaide, </li></ul><ul><li>A collaborative wiki with Kenya http://kiwisforkenya.wetpaint.com plus our class blog http://m3rbs.21classes.com Erin Freeman, Christchurch, NZ </li></ul><ul><li>I think we do every day thru blogs. Links to students all over world and Aus. My kids feel they know these other kids. Denise Juler, Brisbane </li></ul><ul><li>Students being globally CONNECTED and learning together Amanda Marrinan, Brisbane http://2mgems.blogspot.com/2008/09/talking-about-learning.html 5:48 – 6:31 global conections? </li></ul><ul><li>From a student re connections http://tinyurl.com/59c6pjSdf & another great post on global connections from student http://tinyurl.com/4apwbj Anne Mirtschin, Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Sorry I missed this tweet. Have you seen Digiteen project? http://tiny.cc/YHutA and http://digiteen.ning.com/ Anne Baird, Vic, Aust </li></ul>
    18. 18. http://cogdoghouse.wikispaces.com/TwitterCycle
    19. 23. On being CONNECTED <ul><li>Not just data cables </li></ul><ul><li>REAL people that make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Using Web 2.0 tools within Professional Learning Networks the questions is not “What can I learn” (it’s all about me) but “What can I share” (it’s all about US) </li></ul><ul><li>If we are what we share… What will you be sharing? What are your students sharing? </li></ul>
    20. 24. Thank You! <ul><li>Email: arablin@bne.catholic.edu.au </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: Ackygirl </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: Ackygirl </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life: Ackygirl Trilling </li></ul>