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Keynote presentation given at the Regina Teacher's Convention in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 8, 2013

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  • 1. Pondering Media, Literacy, & Learningin a Connected World Dr. Alec Couros Regina Teacher’s Conference Regina, Saskatchewan March 8, 2013
  • 2. #regteach
  • 3. me
  • 4. DO N EDAB AN
  • 5. The Blur
  • 6. personal(ish)
  • 7. One Photograph - Everyday - Online
  • 8. professional(ish)
  • 9. ~2000 participants from ~70 countries
  • 10. change
  • 11. the way we were...
  • 12. Gaming
  • 13. Mobile Gaming
  • 14. Multi-Player Gaming
  • 15. Music Piracy
  • 16. System Upgrade
  • 17. Media Personalization
  • 18. Troubleshooting
  • 19. EdTech
  • 20. “The Complete Interactive Multimedia Encyclopedia”
  • 21. shifts
  • 22. Convergence Ubiquity
  • 23. significant shifts in media atoms <---> bits scarcity <---> abundance consuming <---> creatingstandardization <---> personalization individuals <---> networks
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26. “72 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.”“More video is uploaded to YouTube in one monththat the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  • 27. “Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water... There’s no competitive advantage in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” (2012)@drtonywagner
  • 28. influence of technology
  • 29. Poll #1: How many hours of screen time do you average per week?
  • 30. Poll #2: What percentage of that screentime is used for engaging in social media?
  • 31. Poll #3: Have you ever ‘creeped’ somebody’s Facebook profile?
  • 32. Children aged 12-15 are spending on average 17.1hours/week on the Internet (equivalent to their TV time)Smart phone ownership is at 28% for 12-15 year-olds. 12-15 year-olds are prolific social networkers. 1 in 4have a Twitter profile, & an average of 286 FB friends. 37% of 3-4 year-olds use the Internet.
  • 33. relationships
  • 34. 130,729 people like this
  • 35. "To immortalize thismoment ... the girl seems toforget the original pleasure."
  • 36. attention & curiosity
  • 37. participatory culture
  • 38.
  • 39. How long did it take to film and edit? I started in November, but then I had to start from scratch a couple months afterwards, so I spent months and months on it. What’s yourbackground in video editing?I just do it for fun. I’m self-taught. slide by @gcouros
  • 40. “I made a deal with my students at the start of a videoproject this semester, that if they collaboratively wrotean entire script and filmed it that I would do by best to share out their final product.... I believe they have created something amazing due to their passion and determination to have their voice heard.”
  • 41. identity
  • 42. “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.”
  • 43. Easily Copied Instantly SharedEasily Edited Viewable by Millions
  • 45. Teaching Resilience
  • 46. literacy
  • 47. Children and young people are described as ‘the collaboration generation’, eager to work togethertowards common goals, share content and draw upon“the power of mass collaboration”. This combination of individualisation and collaboration is often presented as giving young people a propensity to question, challenge and critique. These are individuals who “typically can’t imagine a life where citizens didn’t have the tools to constantly think critically, exchange views, challenge, authenticate, verify, or debunk. The Digital Native - Myth & Reality, Selwyn (2009)
  • 48. Look At This Savvy Kid!
  • 49. zOMG, Look at the Learning!
  • 50. Salad is Amazing!
  • 51. “... age is not a determining factor in students’ digital lives; rather, their familiarity and experience using ICTs is more relevant.” “... the notion of ‘digital natives’ is inaccurate: those with such attributes are effectively a digital elite. Instead of a new net generation growing up to replace an older analogue generation, there is a deepening digital divide ... characterized not by age but by access and opportunity.”
  • 52. 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, and analyze multimedia texts.• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments. NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriulum & Assessment (2007)
  • 53. places to start
  • 54. 1Embrace & Model New Tools of Connectivity
  • 55. shifts in edtech Group growth Individual growthObjectivism Cognitivism Constructivism(Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  • 56. start with 1 tool
  • 57. 2Connect & Learn Via Social Networks
  • 58. 21st Century Learning Networks
  • 59. 21st Century Learning Networks
  • 60. Returning Fall 2013 -
  • 61. 3Participate Through Emerging Forms of Expression
  • 62. 1Consume, Create, Remix & Share
  • 63. 4Be (Appropriately) Open
  • 64. original slide by George Couros“Martha shows every facet of great learning: real world change, making the environment around her better,sharing her thinking with the world, having a conscious for the world beyond her immediate horizons, and robustness in the face of incredible media and social media pressure.” (McIntosh, 2012)
  • 65. conclusion
  • 66. “Some of the comments on Youtube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.”@leverus (Lev Grossman)
  • 67. humanize NOTindustrialize
  • 68. personalize NOTstandardize
  • 69. Private PublicClosed Open
  • 70. thank you
  • 71. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore @courosa