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  • Much learning is unaccredited
  • Downes 2009
  • Learning as active process where learners discover principles, concepts and facts for themselves.
  • Acknowledge that learning takes place in various contexts & situations
  • Wheeler 2010b
  • Conole 2010

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  • 1. Create a personal learning network with Twitter
    Presentation to UJ Tuesday MA meeting on 29 November 2010
    By Carina van Rooyen
  • 2. Changing landscapes in learning
    Teacher
    Learner
    Teaching
    Learning
    Blurring boundaries
    Slide source: Conole 2010
    Content
    Activities
    Real space
    Virtual space
  • 3. Formal and informal learning
    Informal learning
    Formal learning
    80%
    20%
    Slide source: Cofer in Wheeler 2010
  • 4. Self-organised learning
    Formal learning
    Informallearning
    Self-organised learning
    Slide source: http://www.equal-works.com in Wheeler 2009
    Students take responsibility for their own learning
  • 5. Where do you get help from now?
    Supervisor
    Other experts
    Printed material in library
    Internet
    Co-students
    Other
  • 6. Where get info from?
    Can you get expertise, support, etc. also from here?
  • 7. Characteristics
    Content is free
    Content is abundant
    Content is varied
    Sharing / collaboration is easy
    Socially based
    Network is valued
    Peer critiquing
    Personalisation
    Open practices
    Adapted from Weller 2010
  • 8. Constructivism
    Learn by doing!
    To ‘learn’ is to practice and reflect
  • 9. Connectivism
    We live in a techno-social world
    Learning occurs inside and outside of people – we store our knowledge in computers and in other people ~ George Siemens
    Slide source: Wheeler 2010
    George Siemens www.connectivism.ca/
    http://www.sciencedaily.com
  • 10. In connectivism, learning involves creating connections and developing a network. It is a theory for the digital age drawing upon chaos, emergent properties, and self-organised learning. (Wikipedia)
    Source: Wheeler 2009
  • 11. It’s not what you know
    but who you know
  • 12. Community of practice
    Group of people who share interest / craft / profession; in process of sharing info and experiences learn from one another (Weller 2010)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/antphotos/3489600094/
  • 13. Learning webs
    Slide source: Wheeler 2009
    http://blogs.silverlight.net
    http://sm.irsd.k12.de.us
    From this .... ..... To this
  • 14.
  • 15. PLE
    Move from expert developed knowledge to collaborative forms of knowledge construction (Graham Attwell)
    PLE is environment for person to manage knowledge & connections
    PLE is tool intended to immerse yourself into the workings of a community
    This is how you practice being person with characteristics of that community, i.e. researcher
    Adapted from Downes 2010
  • 16. PLE & PLN (for professional development)
    PLEs are not only personal web tools and personal learning networks. PLEs are much wider than this, taking in experiences and realia, as well as learning through TV, music, paper based materials, radio & more formal contexts
    Personal
    learning
    network
    Personal
    learning
    environment
    Learning content is not as important now as where (or who) to connect to, to find it
    Slide source: Wheeler 2010
    Personal
    web tools
    PWTs are any web tools, (usually Web 2.0) chosen by learners to support their lifelong learning
    Source: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-ple.html
  • 17. Functions of PLE
    Learning
    Find content
    Find people
    Create content
    Connect
    PLE
    Organise content
    Discuss
    Slide source: Wheeler 2010
    Collaborate
    Share content
    Compete
    Reuse content
    Communicate
  • 18.
  • 19. Slide source: Kadle 2010
  • 20. Twitter
    Connect with anyone anytime anywhere
    140 characters
  • 21. What is Twitter?
    SMS
    Chat
    Slide source: Weisgerber 2010
    Instant messaging
    Blogging
    Status update
  • 22. Twitter in plain English
    Source: Commoncraft
  • 23. Slide source: Lingard et al 2010
    From @mweller
  • 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/42903611@N00/387761039/
    Filtering web
    Photo via: Weller 2010
  • 25. Slide source: Weisgerber 2010
  • 26. Learning networks
    (Community of practice)
    Slide source: Lingard et al 2010
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/1234638761
  • 27. WE are smarter than ME
  • 28. Basic use
    Reply (@)
    RT @
    HT @ – heard through; original tweet by
    If reword tweet by someone else (via @)
    Direct message – private message
  • 29. Hashtags
    Tagging so that searchable
    Our tag
    #ujma
  • 30. URL shortners
    TinyURL.com
    Bit.ly
    Ow.ly
  • 31. It’s all about who you follow…
    Adapted from Lingardet al 2010
    …and being followed!
  • 32. Finding the right people to follow
    Find people
    Id people you admire in your research field; find them on Twitter via Twitter Search
    Read bios of people on Twitter to see if share interest
    Explore their network / lists
    Scan Twitter lists/ directories
    Listerious
    TweepML
    Ask!
  • 33. DO
    Use good language
    Make it relevant
    Share good resources
    Ask questions and give answers/opinions
    Think before you tweet
    Be yourself!
  • 34. DON’T
    Use ALL CAPS (it is screaming)
    Forget to credit those tweets that you are passing on (RT)
    RT makes people aware that you value their work & build stronger network
  • 35. THINK OF YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT
    Professional identity
    Privacy
  • 36. E-safety
  • 37. Participate!
    Lurking in the beginning is acceptable
  • 38. Link to Delicious
    If tweet or favourite link, automatically updated in your Delicious account
    Packrati.us
  • 39. It works!
  • 40. Twank you!
  • 41. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    Conole G 2010 The changing landscape of educational practice. Presentation to NADE annual conference in Harten (Norway) on 18 November
    Downes S 2010 Pedagogical foundations for personal learning. Presentation in January
    Downes S 2009 Learning 2.0: Learning today and tomorrow. Presentation on 16 April
    Ebner M 2010 Academic use of microblogging. Presentation at #AIECS10. Available online at http://elearningblog.tugraz.at
    Kadle A 2010 Elements for constructing social learning environments. http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2010/03/10/elements-for-constructing-social-learning-environments/
    Lingard M, McNeill A & Cann AJ 2010 Using Twitter in (higher) education. Powerpoint presentation at the ATL workshop at Nottingham on May 2010
    Pacansky-Brock M Your hybrid classroom: Will you change your paradigm?
    Weisgerber C 2010 Tweet your way to success. Presentation to St Edward’s PRSSA Twitter workshop
    Weller M 2010 A pedagogy of abundance.
    Wheeler S 2010 Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age.
    Wheeler S 2010b Learning management system and personal learning environment: A bridge in the clouds?
    Wheeler S 2009 It’s personal: Learning spaces, learning webs.
    Images not acknowledged on slide was taken from Google Image