The Case for Social Networking in Education


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Slides of the Keynote my presentation to teachers of English in Valencia on 13th April 2013, as apart of the Macmillan Teachers' Day

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The Case for Social Networking in Education

  1. 1. The Case forSocial Networking in Education#MTDValencia 13th April 2013
  2. 2. The internet isn’t going anywhere“…anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is justa natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between whenyou’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you canprobably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against thenatural order of things.”Douglas Adams
  3. 3. We are all in this togetherOur students have changed radically. Today’sstudents are no longer the people oureducational system was designed to teach.Marc Prensky
  4. 4. Were we so different?
  5. 5. All the available tools
  6. 6. Copying down,listening to teacher, accepting what you’re told,working alone, sitting still, remembering facts,showing deference,following instructions... These are the skills needed by a 19th centuryclerk.Professor Guy Claxton
  7. 7. The people formerlyknown as the audienceProfessor Jay Rosen
  8. 8. Today the information is everywhere
  9. 9. II can do itI can do it with the help of othersZone of Proximal DevelopmentLevVygotskyI can’t do it
  10. 10. PUENTEDURA, R R (2006) Transformation, Technology, and Education. (2006)
  11. 11. Time to educate
  12. 12. Can you do betterthan a duck?
  13. 13. 1.Notice positive changes in students’ learning habits2.Design activities that stretch different ‘learning muscles’3.Model being a confident learner (not a know-all)4.Display work in progress and visual tools5.Give pupils increasing responsibility6.Attribute performance to the habits, not to ‘ability’7.Get students talking about the process of learningSmall habit changes for 21st century teachersProfessor Guy Claxton
  14. 14. We need to producepeople who know how toact when they are facedwith situations for whichthey were not specificallyprepared.Seymour PapertIntelligence is knowing whatto do when you dont knowwhat to doJean Piaget
  15. 15. Learning on demand
  16. 16. Child centred learning
  17. 17. Imagine new possibilities
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  23. 23. Knowledge transparency
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  25. 25. Any teacher thatcan be replaced bya machine...should be!Arthur C Clarke
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