Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social MediaJane HartKeynote PresentationSchoolNetConference,South Africa5 July 2011
Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social Media Thinking differently as a teacher Thinking differently about professional development AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
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Source: Audrey Watters
Top 100Tools for Learning 2010 List compiled from the Top 10 Tools contributions of 545learning professionals worldwide
Consumerization of IT Merging of personal, learning and working tools Teachers are doing“their own thing” Some teachers are already doing things differently
Jane’s Pick of Learning Tools10 Tools for the Classroom(for different ages and different purposes)
How do you use Twitter in the classroom?
#1 - Gather real-world data ___________________________________ Put a shout out to your Twitter network for them to tell you (and your students) something. This could be:
Location (e.g. for Geography)
Temperature (e.g. for Science)
An interesting historical fact
Their opinion about something
This makes learning based on up-to-date information and real people (with a real story behind it!) Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw)
#2 -Monitor / GeoTag the "Buzzwords" ___________________________ First...Use www.twitterfall.com
Type in a keyword ("communism", "appeasement", "poverty" - whatever)
Then watch the results come pouring in using twitterfall!
www.twittermap.com allows you to GeoTag users and their posts
You therefore get an idea of where certain topics are being discussed most...
Russel Tarr (@russeltarr)
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IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY FINDING & USING CONTENT Finding content Personal productivity Teamproductivity Keeping up to date with new content 30 ways to use social media to work and learn smarter Sharing links, resources & ideas Co-creating content JOINING & BUILDING NETWORKS & COMMUNITIES CREATING & SHARINGCONTENT
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30 (c) C4LPT.co.uk #schoolnetsa11 How has Twitter helped you with your own professional development?
Twitter in a Professional Development Workshop
32 Twitter at a Networking Event
36 “I learn something new several times a day and stay connected with people that form my most valuable network. This is the one tool I would choose if I could only keep one.” “I use Twitter to share my thoughts, ideas, information with others and to learn or get inspired by others.” "A performance support tool, learning platform and social network all rolled in one."
37 Jamie Forrest “The biggest change, I think, is in my confidence and my attitude. Twitter has opened me up to a world (and I do mean WORLD) of teachers who are doing some of the same things as I am and are paving the roads to new teaching options.” “I found a community of people who validated what I was doing in my classroom while challenging me to try new things. So, not only have I started to consider myself a grade 3 teacher, but I have started to consider myself a really good one! This change was obviously noticed by others as well, because I will be mentoring my new grade 3 teaching partner. Upon finding out that she was teaching grade 3, she approached me for help. Both my principal and vice-principal have mentioned that they were glad I could share my expertise with a new teacher.”
(c) C4LPT.co.uk 38 “I've learned more in the last few weeks by monitoring this community than I have in the past year in class..... It's an amazing group - I have seen discussions on questions I hadn't thought about and received pointers towards great articles...... Makes me wonder why I'm spending all that money on a formal education when I'm not learning as much....” “I really "ummed and ahhed" before joining this community. Participating in social media is still a bit "scary" for me - don't laugh!!! But I'm glad I did - I've learnt more in a few days than in the previous 6 months of trying to figure it all out for myself. Another vote for social learning.”
Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social Media Participating Sharing Learning collaboratively Reflecting Feed into your teaching
Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social Media Social media is not somethingyou talk about; it’s something you do!
John Seely Brown “Embrace change! Thrive on it. Have fun with it. Do not run away from it!” Visiting Scholar,University of Southern California, Co-founder, Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation (formerly XEROX Parc) 43