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Networked Possibilities - SIAST


Presentation on the implications of networking tools in educational design.

Presentation on the implications of networking tools in educational design.

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  • 1. networked possibilities alec couros - siast - september 2008
  • 2. I am part of all that I have met. tennyson (1842)
  • 3. old world networks and new social affordances
  • 4. object centred sociality what is your social connector?
  • 5. network visualizations illuminate our connections
  • 6. technical affordances expand our possibilities
  • 7. personal engagement connectivism immersion multiliteracies experiential access social learning web 2.0 sharing democratic media creativity influences conversations authenticity open copyleft constructivism collaborative freedom small tools, collective constructionism loosely joined student-centred transparency
  • 8. Shifts In ET (Leionen, 2005)
  • 9. Shifts In ET Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Schwier, 2007) Social Learning
  • 10. Shifts In ET Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Schwier, 2007) Social Learning
  • 11. typical teacher network (Couros, 2006)
  • 12. the networked teacher (Couros, 2006)
  • 13. Access to high quality multimedia. ‣Google Video, Youtube,, Viddler. ‣, Creative Commons, OER Commons, CCMixter, United Streaming, TED Talks. ‣Ustream, Seesmic, Stickam. ‣Skype,iChat, WizIQ, Elluminate, Adobe Connect.
  • 14. Easy publication to a wide audience. ‣Blogger, Wordpress, Edublogs. ‣Wikispaces, PBWiki, Wet Paint. ‣Google Video, Youtube,, Viddler. ‣Ustream, Seesmic, Stickam. ‣Lulu, Scribd, Creative Commons
  • 15. Choice of content licenses. ‣Full Copyright ‣Copyleft and Public Domain ‣Creative Commons (share alike, attribution, non commercial) ‣Against DRM ‣Practical Modifiability ‣Related Rights ‣Access Control Prohibition
  • 16. Greater access to tools and connectivity. ‣Free and open source software, greater bandwidth, wireless access, free services, and reduced hardware costs have contributed to greater access.
  • 17. Instantaneous connections to people. ‣Instantmessaging and video conferencing. ‣Existingsocial networks or create your own. ‣Web conferencing tools. ‣Presence notification and microblogging. ‣txting
  • 18. Tools for debate, challenge, and engagement. ‣Access to text and multimedia publication allows individuals to read, create, remix, mashup, and respond to cultural, political, and economic events. ‣Mainstream media is attempting to respond to democratic media by creating feedback mechanisms (e.g., surveys, contests, interaction)
  • 19. Sharing of and creating new culture. ‣The World is Flat (Friedman). ‣A number of flat classroom projects been initiated to make classroom walls transparent, while bridging communication among students. ‣Tools necessary exist and are relatively easy to use. Practice is the most difficult to change.
  • 20. Simulations and 3D virtual environments. ‣Second Life, Edusim, and other 3D environments allow for the exploration of simulated worlds. ‣Individuals can communicate and collaborate with each other, and interact with objects in each virtual world.
  • 21. Time/Place Shifted Personal Learning ‣Tools exist today for individuals to learn outside of the constraints of time and place. ‣Through RSS tools and tagging, individuals can aggregate personally relevant information. ‣Availability of laptops, wifi, and unfettered access is especially important for this transformation.
  • 22. Giving Voice and Creating Audience ‣Individuals are using the tools of the Internet to (re)claim their voices, find a niche, and build audiences/markets that never existed. ‣Analysisand critique of types of these phenomena include: Cult of the Amateur, The Long Tail, and Here Comes Everybody.
  • 23. Potential for Mobile Learning ‣Mobile technologies are becoming more sophisticated, allowing more capacity and bandwidth. ‣The Apple iPhone and Nokia N95 have pushed the boundaries of smart phones. ‣Handheld devices will soon bridge the gap through Internet telephony.
  • 24. Specialized Search and Analysis ‣New search mechanisms have evolved to help uncover patterns in the expanse of information. ‣Search visualization, natural language processing, personalization, custom searches, vertical search, social input, human input, and semantic search are some of the developing areas.
  • 25. Check these out ... Current to future understanding of technology in the teaching, learning, and in general society.
  • 26. Blog Wiki Tweet Connect Gather Synthesize Personalize Create Remix Share Repeat
  • 27. case of eci831 open, connected, social
  • 28. participants grad students assistants guests anyone
  • 29. format synchronous wiki portal blogging google groups other tools tagging
  • 30. synchronous sessions open or free tools worked best
  • 31. activities guests hands-on sessions student-driven topics collaborative wiki personal projects blogging experimentation
  • 32. second life immersion
  • 33. al upton and censorship currency
  • 34. feedback students outsiders via. multimedia
  • 35. voicethread perspective of participants
  • 36. mindmap the big picture
  • 37. Implications and cautions for teaching and learning?
  • 38. Beware the “Creepy Treehouse”
  • 39. “Any institutionally-created, operated, or controlled environment in which participants are lured in either by mimicking pre-existing open or naturally formed environment, or by force, through a system of punishments or rewards.” ~ Jared Stein Beware the “Creepy Treehouse”
  • 40. “Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.” ~Trevelyan (1942)
  • 41. Contact: skype: aleccouros twitter/delicious: courosa