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A Tweet and a Poke: How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks


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Keynote presentation for Camosun College's Walls Optional Conference by Dr. Alec Couros, May 1st, 2009, in Victoria, BC, Canada. …

Keynote presentation for Camosun College's Walls Optional Conference by Dr. Alec Couros, May 1st, 2009, in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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  • 1. A Tweet and a Poke How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks Walls Optional Camosun College May 1, 2009 Dr. Alec Couros
  • 2. #wallsoptional
  • 3. who is this guy?
  • 4. Shifts in Edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism Social Learning (Leinonen) (Schwier)
  • 5. journey
  • 6. knowledge what is k? • how is k acquired? • how do we know what • we know? why do we know what • we know? what do humans know? • who controls k? • how is k controlled? •
  • 7. assumptions re: school knowledge is scarce • access can be controlled • boundaries make sense • expertise rests only in individuals • learning can be managed • change is slow • institutions can rest on reputation • we can predict the future • is the best way to learn •
  • 8. reactions: forms of openness open education free software open source software open educational resources open content open access publication open access courses open teaching open accreditation
  • 9. how are creative works produced and shared? cathedral vs. the bazaar
  • 10. how we view knowledge and creative works copyright/copyleft/commons
  • 11. open content, access, publication, accreditation how we view learning - institutional & informal
  • 12. access we have to free or inexpensive tools
  • 13. Rocky Mountain News 1859 - 2009
  • 14. social networks redefine communities, • friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. enable learning, • communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. networks formed around • shared interests & objects.
  • 15. lightbulb vs. ipod
  • 16. human networks
  • 17. netbooks & 1:1
  • 18. microblogging
  • 19. Google/Twitter Greasemonkey script
  • 20. geotagging
  • 21. streaming video
  • 22. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content for the new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content.
  • 23. cornflakes or cadillacs
  • 24. media literacy Accessing, analyzing, • evaluating, and creating messages in a variety of forms. • Enable skillful creators, consumers, and disseminators of media. • Facilitate an understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and influences of media forms.
  • 25. how ideas spread
  • 26. cautions Soulja Boy
  • 27. cautions new challenges
  • 28. affordances new motivations
  • 29. new forms
  • 30. re/think: toward open & networked learning
  • 31. content
  • 32. privacy
  • 33. toward open educational experiences
  • 34. interaction
  • 35. social architecture
  • 36. transparency
  • 37. professional learning
  • 38. I can haz pln adapt
  • 39. connecting become a learner (again) • experiment with the tools • learn to read new media • explore online communities • participate in web and f2f events • be critical, but open-minded • it begins with a single • connection, but you will be embraced by the network
  • 40. advantages greater access • currency & adaptability • improved economics • adaptive pedagogy • preserved knowledge • greater diversity of voice • sustainable communities • transparency for critique • long-term connections •
  • 41. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: twitter: courosa google: couros
  • 42. Videos: Barcelona 1908 Open Doctrine Cisco Telepresence Anthro Intro to Youtube Mother of All Funk Chords EC&I 831 Course Trailer Tweenbots Related Flickr Set Available This presentation is released under a CC-AT/ NC/SA license. Contact me if you’d like the original slide deck in Keynote format.