Disrupting SchoolLearning in the 21st CenturyDr. Alec Couros - March 9, 2012Central East Alberta Teacher’s Convention
#ceatca
me
Who Am I?
The Blur
eci831.ca
my students
memories of media past
Gaming
Music
Computing
720K1.44MB
Web 1.0
current context
Mobile Reality
Participatory   Media
“60 hours of video are uploaded every    minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.”           “Ove...
enabled by thesame affordances
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
networks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImAD8BOBOhw
Network Literacies                   •   “Understanding how                       networks work is one of                 ...
memes
“The gene has it’s cultural analog too: the meme. In cultural evolution, a meme is a    replicator and propagator - an ide...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3601144842/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Condescending Willy Wonka
Condescending Willy Wonka
Scumbag Steve
Scumbag Steve
Unhelpful Highschool Teacher
Unhelpful Highschool Teacher
“...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Westerngovernments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot...
21st Century Learning Networks
21st Century Learning Networks
info/media literacy
what does it mean when you like something?
digital fluency
Framework for Student Learning, Government of Alberta (2011)
“Technological fluency means much more  than the ability to use technological tools;that would be equivalent to understandi...
The Difference Between Digital Literacy & Digital Fluency, C. Briggs (2011)
“... our ability to use digital technologies to have the   intended positive effect on people & situations.”        “... t...
identity
“The average digital birth of children   happens at about 6 months.”            “In Canada, US, UK, France Italy,         ...
Justin Bieber
“Cisco just offered me a job!Now I have to weigh the utility  of a fatty paycheck againstthe daily commute and hating     ...
“parents spotted Facebook  comments she wrote describingstudents as ‘germ bags’ and parents     as ‘snobby’ and arrogant.”
inspirations
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Best Job in the World
On Digital Video                     •   “Ten years ago, not one student in                         a hundred, nay, one in...
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“To answer your question, I did use  Youtube to learn how to dance. I   consider it my ‘main’ teacher.”         “10 years ...
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conclusion
21st Century Readers/Writers Must ...•   Develop proficiency with the tools of technology.•   Build relationships with othe...
Lead Learner
Thinning WallsPrivate      PublicClosed       Open
Network Sherpa
Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born  in another time. ~Tagore       http://couros.ca     couros@gmail...
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  1. 1. Disrupting SchoolLearning in the 21st CenturyDr. Alec Couros - March 9, 2012Central East Alberta Teacher’s Convention
  2. 2. #ceatca
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Who Am I?
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. eci831.ca
  7. 7. my students
  8. 8. memories of media past
  9. 9. Gaming
  10. 10. Music
  11. 11. Computing
  12. 12. 720K1.44MB
  13. 13. Web 1.0
  14. 14. current context
  15. 15. Mobile Reality
  16. 16. Participatory Media
  17. 17. “60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.” “Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day.”“Over 800 million unique users visit Youtube every month.” “More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month that the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  18. 18. enabled by thesame affordances
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
  21. 21. networks
  22. 22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImAD8BOBOhw
  23. 23. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  24. 24. memes
  25. 25. “The gene has it’s cultural analog too: the meme. In cultural evolution, a meme is a replicator and propagator - an idea, a fashion, a chain letter, or a conspiracy theory. On a bad day, a meme is a virus” Lowenstein, 1999
  26. 26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/3601144842/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  27. 27. Condescending Willy Wonka
  28. 28. Condescending Willy Wonka
  29. 29. Scumbag Steve
  30. 30. Scumbag Steve
  31. 31. Unhelpful Highschool Teacher
  32. 32. Unhelpful Highschool Teacher
  33. 33. “...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Westerngovernments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot gettheir heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one is, someone is watching and recording.” Zack Whitaker
  34. 34. 21st Century Learning Networks
  35. 35. 21st Century Learning Networks
  36. 36. info/media literacy
  37. 37. what does it mean when you like something?
  38. 38. digital fluency
  39. 39. Framework for Student Learning, Government of Alberta (2011)
  40. 40. “Technological fluency means much more than the ability to use technological tools;that would be equivalent to understanding a few common phrases in a language. To become truly fluent in a language (like English or French), one must be able toarticulate a complex idea or tell an engaging story -- that is, to be able to make things of significance with these tools. ” The Computer Clubhouse: Technology Fluency in the Inner City, Resnick, Rusk, & Cooke (1998)
  41. 41. The Difference Between Digital Literacy & Digital Fluency, C. Briggs (2011)
  42. 42. “... our ability to use digital technologies to have the intended positive effect on people & situations.” “... the more fluent a person is, the better they are able to predict the outcome of their actions.” The Difference Between Digital Literacy & Digital Fluency, C. Briggs (2011)
  43. 43. identity
  44. 44. “The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.” “In Canada, US, UK, France Italy, Germany & Spain ... 81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”
  45. 45. Justin Bieber
  46. 46. “Cisco just offered me a job!Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck againstthe daily commute and hating the work.”
  47. 47. “parents spotted Facebook comments she wrote describingstudents as ‘germ bags’ and parents as ‘snobby’ and arrogant.”
  48. 48. inspirations
  49. 49. 1
  50. 50. Best Job in the World
  51. 51. On Digital Video • “Ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending videoStephen Downes communication today.
  52. 52. 2
  53. 53. 3
  54. 54. 4
  55. 55. 5
  56. 56. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.” “10 years ago, street dance was very exclusive, especially rare dances like popping (the one I teach and do). You either had to learn it from a friend that knew it or get VHS tapes which were hard to get. Now with Youtube, anyone, anywhere in the world can learn previously ‘exclusive’ dance styles.”
  57. 57. 6
  58. 58. 7
  59. 59. 8
  60. 60. 9
  61. 61. 10
  62. 62. conclusion
  63. 63. 21st Century Readers/Writers Must ...• Develop proficiency with the tools of technology.• Build relationships with others to pose & solve problems collaboratively and cross culturally.• Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.• Manage, analyze, & synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information.• Create, critique, an analyze multimedia texts.• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments. NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriulum & Assessment (2007)
  64. 64. Lead Learner
  65. 65. Thinning WallsPrivate PublicClosed Open
  66. 66. Network Sherpa
  67. 67. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore http://couros.ca couros@gmail.com @courosa
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