Bangers and Mashups: Learning in the Connecticon Dr Frank Rennie
What I will talk about <ul><li>1) What is the Connecticon? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Emergent properties of broadband access </...
The Connecticon
Faster information exchange <ul><li>Rural businesses & SME </li></ul><ul><li>Real time savings on information transfer </l...
More complex data <ul><li>Scots-Irish Gaelic poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Extension of offline activities </li></ul><ul><li>Co...
Hyper-interaction <ul><li>ICT Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Rural base but wide customer base </li></ul><ul><li>Revised wo...
Always-on <ul><li>Welsh Internet Radio </li></ul><ul><li>International 24/7 coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway to other We...
Emergent Properties <ul><li>Self organisation – sorting out the weakest links </li></ul><ul><li>Stability domains – the sa...
Pervasive Learning
Contextual Communities <ul><li>Self organising groups of learners </li></ul><ul><li>May be structured or not </li></ul><ul...
Formal Learning
Informal Learning
High Bandwidth Learning
Web 2.0 <ul><li>Participative rather than Passive Receptor </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative rather than single author </li>...
Mashups for Education Blog Wikipedia Text Wiki Google Maps Flickr Photos YouTube Video Audio Podcasts Music Social Network
The Connecticon…. <ul><li>reduces the disparity between rural and urban </li></ul><ul><li>provides greater opportunities f...
So why…? <ul><li>do educators remain diffident and conservative in their use of technologies in education? </li></ul><ul><...
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Learning in the connecticon

  1. 1. Bangers and Mashups: Learning in the Connecticon Dr Frank Rennie
  2. 2. What I will talk about <ul><li>1) What is the Connecticon? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Emergent properties of broadband access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster information exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More complex data transmissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hyper-interaction between users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always-on implications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3) Lessons for rural education and innovation </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Connecticon
  4. 4. Faster information exchange <ul><li>Rural businesses & SME </li></ul><ul><li>Real time savings on information transfer </li></ul><ul><li>New networks and business opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Side effects on training and learning </li></ul><ul><li>New applications e.g. webcam </li></ul>
  5. 5. More complex data <ul><li>Scots-Irish Gaelic poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Extension of offline activities </li></ul><ul><li>Complex high quality images, text, and audio </li></ul><ul><li>Built-in interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Educational resource </li></ul><ul><li>Masterclasses etc </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hyper-interaction <ul><li>ICT Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Rural base but wide customer base </li></ul><ul><li>Revised working practices </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of customer applications </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive edge </li></ul>
  7. 7. Always-on <ul><li>Welsh Internet Radio </li></ul><ul><li>International 24/7 coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway to other Welsh language activities </li></ul><ul><li>Merchandising spin offs </li></ul><ul><li>Educational and advocacy role </li></ul>
  8. 8. Emergent Properties <ul><li>Self organisation – sorting out the weakest links </li></ul><ul><li>Stability domains – the safety nets </li></ul><ul><li>Memes – viruses of the mind </li></ul><ul><li>Complex system cycles – been here before. </li></ul><ul><li>Natural selection – the graveyard of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for education & learning? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Pervasive Learning
  10. 10. Contextual Communities <ul><li>Self organising groups of learners </li></ul><ul><li>May be structured or not </li></ul><ul><li>May be work or topic based </li></ul><ul><li>May be open and distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Will be flexible and transient </li></ul>
  11. 11. Formal Learning
  12. 12. Informal Learning
  13. 13. High Bandwidth Learning
  14. 14. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Participative rather than Passive Receptor </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative rather than single author </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis, blogs, web/podcasts, social networking,,,, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attention rather than Information is premium commodity </li></ul><ul><li>Tests veracity and applicability </li></ul><ul><li>Context in addition to Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Truly multi-media </li></ul>
  15. 15. Mashups for Education Blog Wikipedia Text Wiki Google Maps Flickr Photos YouTube Video Audio Podcasts Music Social Network
  16. 16. The Connecticon…. <ul><li>reduces the disparity between rural and urban </li></ul><ul><li>provides greater opportunities for informal learning in rural areas /work/home/school/CLC </li></ul><ul><li>adds value to business learning and educational networks through collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>stimulates interaction between local and global </li></ul><ul><li>promotes convergence of technologies </li></ul>
  17. 17. So why…? <ul><li>do educators remain diffident and conservative in their use of technologies in education? </li></ul><ul><li>can educators not be proactive in harnessing the possibilities of new technologies in blended learning? </li></ul>

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