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- what is social learning, using social media/networking tools?
- why should schools think about the opportunities here?
- how might they start.

Originally shared with South Island Secondary Principals on 20 May 2011.



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  • We know that a key factor for effective learning to occur includes: The notion of the classroom as a learning community in which all learning styles, cultures and diversities are acknowledged and embedded in the task design; We know that the use of ICT needs to be integrated into this pedagogical practice
  • SO…. Now the technology enables that in a way that is closer to the town square than before. our own culture online Tools increasingly reflect the prevailing pedagogy
  • [1] CoPs are essentially social constructs:Understandings about CoPs has been around a long time. We know that successful CoPs have: shared domain, shared interests and a practice-focused concern/problem about which they interact in an ongoing basis. [2] Human behaviour is essentially social - from caves to the market square, from the campfire to the guild and union... [3] Learning theory has moved towards a socio-constructivist paradigm: we need others in order to develop our own thinking, and we need to be in our own culture [think Vygotsky, Paiget SO…. Now the technology enables that in a way that is closer to the town square than before. our own culture online
  • TCPK adaptation here
  • Recommendations from EdWeb report: sites like VLN and Google for Educators can provide a context that offers obvious benefits quite quickly if Facebook and Twitter don’t strike immediate chords.

Principals' tour: Social networks, social learning Principals' tour: Social networks, social learning Presentation Transcript

  • Social learning  What is it – and what’s the point? Karen Melhuish
  • The school down the road…
    • Kendal School has an app on their home page of its website that displays the Principal’s Twitter feeds , keeping parents and local community informed. Easily managed from a phone or home computer, one post on Twitter and it’s there for everyone to read.
    • Mount Aspiring College: “ Social networking with peers has been one of the big requests. Thus, we have relaxed our internet filtering rules for specific students, and allowed access to, for example, Facebook.”
    • Willowbank School: Engaging the community through Facebook: http://edtalks.org/video/engaging-our-community-through-facebook
    • Kaimai School: Principal’s blog: http://www.kaimai.school.nz/principal/
  • Your experience…
    • Consider the stories you have just heard – and your own experience.
    • Social media is…
    • Social learning is….
  • What is social learning?
    • “ The social and the cognitive are not distinct domains in practice, but are integrated and embedded in task and activity design and classroom organisation” (Alton-Lee, 2003)
    • Relate to others
    • Recognise others’ points of views
    • Participate in a shared community
    • Compare ideas
      • What is social media ? … image/video-sharing…blogs…wikis…
      • >>>Go to Youtube: Social media in Plain English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA
    Social learning can be enabled by social media tools
      • What is social networking ?
      • >>>Go to YouTube: Social Networking in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/user/leelefever#p/u/14/6a_KF7TYKVc
      • … Twitter...LinkedIn…Facebook…
    Social learning can be enabled by social media tools
  • The Virtual Learning Network (MoE suite of tools) is a professional networking space www.vln.school.nz
  • What do social learning spaces look like?
      • driven by the users and their concerns
      • focused on the user e.g. their profile of interests, passions
      • flexible spaces and groups
      • interactive dialogue
      • collaborative
      • facilitated by the community
      • content is secondary
      • often free to host ; open shareware
      • frequent exchanges of information
      • integrated with other tools e.g. social media, email
      • simple to use, accessible
  • Your experience of social media?
      • What experiences - if any -  have you had with these sites?
    • In terms of your own schools:
      • What are the opportunities?
      • What are the challenges?
  • Why social learning and social media tools go hand in hand
      •   Today, with the complementary nature of sociocultural theory and collaborative learning tools, learning is viewed as fundamentally social and derived from authentic engagement with others in a community of practice
      • (Bonk & Cunningham, 1998 citing Kahn, 1993).
  • What does social learning look like? Tools that allow collaboration: blogs, wikis, social network Focus on NZ curriculum : Key Competencies, learning areas Effective pedagogy that facilitates shared learning, co-construction, creating a supportive online environment, reflective thought – and part of teaching as inquiry. Starting from and students’ learning and socio-cultural needs. Mishra & Koehler, ( 2006 ). TCPK
  • So, what’s the point for schools?
  • What do we want for our students/staff?
    • If we can connect in some tiny way with a human that doesn't agree with us, then maybe we won't blow up the planet.
    • Nancy White, Us and Them:
    • A Blog Conversation Survival Guide, SXSW 2006
  • Young people who…
    • “ will seize opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies…confident…connected…resourceful…effective users of communication tools…international citizens”
    • “ can participate and contribute…relate to others…use language, symbols and texts”
    New Zealand Curriculum (2007)
  • E-Learning in New Zealand schools
    • “ Learning in an e-Learning-rich environment may make peer and collaborative learning opportunities easier,
    • thus supporting students’ cognitive, affective and social interactions. These ways of working also appear to
    • suit many New Zealand students, including Maori …and Pasifika ... These ways of working may lead to improved educational outcomes.”
    Wright (2010)
  • Digital citizenship: A digital citizen …
    • is a confident and capable user of ICT
    • uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
    • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
    • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
    • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
    • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
    • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
    • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
    • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship
    ( Netsafe: LGP website )
  • Principals and social media
    • Principals who have active and personal experience of social media are far more likely to be strong advocates for its educational potential, and for e-learning in general .
    • Many principals believe that there are possibilities within social media – but their schools do not have a strategy for its use.
    • EdWeb (2010)
  • Where to start?
  • Where to start?
    • Active involvement in social networking is required for school leaders
    • Models of good practice are needed to show the potential of social networking in education.
    • School policies need to be more effective and based on real-world contexts. They should extend beyond whether sites should be blocked to incorporate students and community in authentic digital citizenship conversations.
    EdWeb (2010)
  • How do you and your school…
    • Share and respond to your school’s experiences?
    • Connect with others like you ?
    • Keep up-to-date with current thinking?
    • Connect to your wider school community ?
    • Share “just in time” thinking?
  • You might…
    • Share and respond to your school’s experiences?
    • >>> A school blog or wiki
    • Nelson School Central:
    • http://www.nelsoncentral.school.nz/index.html
  • You might…
    • Connect with others like you?
    • >>> Follow and share with other principals/schools on Twitter
    • >>> Join the Virtual Learning Network and find the Leadership group
  • You might…
    • Keep up to date with current thinking?
    • >>> Set up a feed (e.g. Google Reader, RSS)
    • >>> Twitter
    • >>> Subscribe to sites that are important to you
  • You might…
    • Connect to your wider school community?
    • >>> School blog / wiki
    • Whangaparoa College - Ms Wilson’s wiki: http://mswilson.wikispaces.com/ - look at the way she links to students’ blogs [http://mswilson.wikispaces.com/11ENG3+Blogs]
    • Albany Senior High: Year 11 English: A co-constructed exploration of the film Gattaca: http://wikieducator.org/ASHS_English_-_Q_%26_A_by_Vikas_Swarup (using WikiEducator)
    • >> School Twitter feed / Facebook page
  • You might…
    • Share “just in time” thinking?
    • >> Twitter
    • >> Virtual Learning Network
  • Takeaways
    • Something you…
    • Learned today?
    • Do this week?
    • Explore this month?
    • So by the end of this term you can…?
  • ..and finally…
    • >>>YouTube: Social Media Addicts Association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA
  • References
    • Alton-Lee, A. (2003), Quality teaching for diverse students in schooling: Best Evidence Synthesis. Ministry of Education.
    • Bonk, C. J. & Cunningham, D.J. (1998). Chapter 2: Searching for learner-centered, constructivist, and sociocultural components of collaborative educational learning tools. In C. J. Bonk, & K. S. King (Eds.), Electronic collaborators: Learner-centered technologies for literacy, apprenticeship, and discourse (pp. 25-50). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    • EdWeb. (2010). School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010 . http://www.edweb.net/fimages/op/PrincipalsandSocialNetworkingReport.pdf
    • Melhuish, K. (2011, March). Necessity is the mother of invention. CORE Education blog.
    • Ministry of Education (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum for English medium teaching and learning in years 1-13. Wellington: Learning Media.
    • Mishra, P. & Koehler, M. J.(2006). Technological, Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. http://punya.educ.msu.edu/publications/journal_articles/mishra-koehler-tcr2006.pdf
    • Netsafe (2010). What is digital citizenship? Learn, Guide, protect website. http://www.mylgp.org.nz/about/what-is-digital-citizenship/
    • White, N. (2006). Us and Them: A Blog Conversation Survival Guide, SX SW.
    • Wright, N. (2010). eLearning and implications for New Zealand schools: A literature review . Ministry of Education.
  • Image / Video sources
    • Background doc (social media logos): zitzsolutions: social‑media‑marketing.jpg
    • Slide 1: Relativity Corps (socialnet.jpg)
    • Slide 3: ‘Social network’: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Network_Sociality.jpg
    • Adams, S. (2010) Dilbert cartoons: www.dilbert.com
    • Commoncraft: Social Media in Plain English (leelefever): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA and What is social networking? http://www.youtube.com/user/leelefever#p/u/14/6a_KF7TYKVc
    • Slide 9: ‘Together we are’ by mommy peace [http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaughnessy/]
    • Slide 11: TCPK [http://tpack.org/]
    • Social Media Addicts Association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA
  • Social media and ‘web 2.0’ tools allow us to …
        • connect with “people like me” in ways that we mutually agree on
        • find ideas to share - and challenge
        • dynamic, user-responsive space
        • connected to other social media
        • The Virtual Learning Network (Groups) is a social networking space