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Disrupting School: Learning in the 21st Century


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Slides from the keynote presentation given at the Shaw Centre in Edmonton Alberta for the Central East Alberta Teacher's Convention.

Slides from the keynote presentation given at the Shaw Centre in Edmonton Alberta for the Central East Alberta Teacher's Convention.

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  • 1. Disrupting SchoolLearning in the 21st CenturyDr. Alec Couros - March 9, 2012Central East Alberta Teacher’s Convention
  • 2. #ceatca
  • 3. me
  • 4. Who Am I?
  • 5. The Blur
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  • 7. my students
  • 8. memories of media past
  • 9. Gaming
  • 10. Music
  • 11. Computing
  • 12. 720K1.44MB
  • 13. Web 1.0
  • 14. current context
  • 15. Mobile Reality
  • 16. Participatory Media
  • 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. enabled by thesame affordances
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  • 21. networks
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  • 23. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  • 24. memes
  • 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
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  • 27. Condescending Willy Wonka
  • 28. Condescending Willy Wonka
  • 29. Scumbag Steve
  • 30. Scumbag Steve
  • 31. Unhelpful Highschool Teacher
  • 32. Unhelpful Highschool Teacher
  • 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. 21st Century Learning Networks
  • 35. 21st Century Learning Networks
  • 36. info/media literacy
  • 37. what does it mean when you like something?
  • 38. digital fluency
  • 39. Framework for Student Learning, Government of Alberta (2011)
  • 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. The Difference Between Digital Literacy & Digital Fluency, C. Briggs (2011)
  • 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. identity
  • 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. Justin Bieber
  • 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. “parents spotted Facebook comments she wrote describingstudents as ‘germ bags’ and parents as ‘snobby’ and arrogant.”
  • 48. inspirations
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  • 50. Best Job in the World
  • 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.
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  • 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.”
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  • 62. conclusion
  • 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. Lead Learner
  • 65. Thinning WallsPrivate PublicClosed Open
  • 66. Network Sherpa
  • 67. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore @courosa