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

  • A Tweet and a Poke How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks Walls Optional Camosun College May 1, 2009 Dr. Alec Couros
  • #wallsoptional
  • who is this guy?
  • Shifts in Edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism Social Learning (Leinonen) (Schwier)
  • journey
  • 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? •
  • 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 •
  • 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
  • how are creative works produced and shared? cathedral vs. the bazaar
  • how we view knowledge and creative works copyright/copyleft/commons
  • open content, access, publication, accreditation how we view learning - institutional & informal
  • access we have to free or inexpensive tools
  • Rocky Mountain News 1859 - 2009
  • social networks redefine communities, • friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. enable learning, • communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. networks formed around • shared interests & objects.
  • lightbulb vs. ipod
  • human networks
  • netbooks & 1:1
  • microblogging
  • Google/Twitter Greasemonkey script
  • geotagging
  • streaming video
  • 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.
  • cornflakes or cadillacs
  • 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.
  • how ideas spread
  • cautions Soulja Boy
  • cautions new challenges
  • affordances new motivations
  • new forms
  • re/think: toward open & networked learning
  • content
  • privacy
  • toward open educational experiences
  • interaction
  • social architecture
  • transparency
  • professional learning
  • I can haz pln adapt
  • 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
  • advantages greater access • currency & adaptability • improved economics • adaptive pedagogy • preserved knowledge • greater diversity of voice • sustainable communities • transparency for critique • long-term connections •
  • Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros alec.couros@uregina.ca
  • 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.