Principals' tour: Social networks, social learning

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This presentation gives an overview of:
- 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

    1. 1. Social learning  What is it – and what’s the point? Karen Melhuish
    2. 2. The school down the road… <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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.” </li></ul><ul><li>Willowbank School: Engaging the community through Facebook: http://edtalks.org/video/engaging-our-community-through-facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Kaimai School: Principal’s blog: http://www.kaimai.school.nz/principal/ </li></ul>
    3. 3. Your experience… <ul><li>Consider the stories you have just heard – and your own experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Social media is… </li></ul><ul><li>Social learning is…. </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is social learning? <ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul><ul><li>Relate to others </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise others’ points of views </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a shared community </li></ul><ul><li>Compare ideas </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>What is social media ? … image/video-sharing…blogs…wikis… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>>>>Go to Youtube: Social media in Plain English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA </li></ul></ul>Social learning can be enabled by social media tools
    6. 6. <ul><ul><li>What is social networking ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>>>>Go to YouTube: Social Networking in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/user/leelefever#p/u/14/6a_KF7TYKVc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… Twitter...LinkedIn…Facebook… </li></ul></ul>Social learning can be enabled by social media tools
    7. 7. The Virtual Learning Network (MoE suite of tools) is a professional networking space www.vln.school.nz
    8. 8. What do social learning spaces look like? <ul><ul><li>driven by the users and their concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>focused on the user e.g. their profile of interests, passions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flexible spaces and groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interactive dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitated by the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>content is secondary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>often free to host ; open shareware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>frequent exchanges of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrated with other tools e.g. social media, email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>simple to use, accessible </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Your experience of social media? <ul><ul><li>What experiences - if any -  have you had with these sites? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In terms of your own schools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the opportunities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the challenges? </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Why social learning and social media tools go hand in hand <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Bonk & Cunningham, 1998 citing Kahn, 1993). </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. So, what’s the point for schools?
    13. 13. What do we want for our students/staff? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy White, Us and Them: </li></ul><ul><li>A Blog Conversation Survival Guide, SXSW 2006 </li></ul>
    14. 14. Young people who… <ul><li>“ will seize opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies…confident…connected…resourceful…effective users of communication tools…international citizens” </li></ul><ul><li>“ can participate and contribute…relate to others…use language, symbols and texts” </li></ul>New Zealand Curriculum (2007)
    15. 15. E-Learning in New Zealand schools <ul><li>“ Learning in an e-Learning-rich environment may make peer and collaborative learning opportunities easier, </li></ul><ul><li>thus supporting students’ cognitive, affective and social interactions. These ways of working also appear to </li></ul><ul><li>suit many New Zealand students, including Maori …and Pasifika ... These ways of working may lead to improved educational outcomes.” </li></ul>Wright (2010)
    16. 16. Digital citizenship: A digital citizen … <ul><li>is a confident and capable user of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities </li></ul><ul><li>uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace </li></ul><ul><li>is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies </li></ul><ul><li>is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively </li></ul><ul><li>uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world </li></ul><ul><li>contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship </li></ul>( Netsafe: LGP website )
    17. 17. Principals and social media <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>Many principals believe that there are possibilities within social media – but their schools do not have a strategy for its use. </li></ul><ul><li>EdWeb (2010) </li></ul>
    18. 18. Where to start?
    19. 19. Where to start? <ul><li>Active involvement in social networking is required for school leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Models of good practice are needed to show the potential of social networking in education. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>EdWeb (2010)
    20. 20. How do you and your school… <ul><li>Share and respond to your school’s experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with others like you ? </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up-to-date with current thinking? </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to your wider school community ? </li></ul><ul><li>Share “just in time” thinking? </li></ul>
    21. 21. You might… <ul><li>Share and respond to your school’s experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>>>> A school blog or wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Nelson School Central: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nelsoncentral.school.nz/index.html </li></ul>
    22. 22. You might… <ul><li>Connect with others like you? </li></ul><ul><li>>>> Follow and share with other principals/schools on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>>>> Join the Virtual Learning Network and find the Leadership group </li></ul>
    23. 23. You might… <ul><li>Keep up to date with current thinking? </li></ul><ul><li>>>> Set up a feed (e.g. Google Reader, RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>>>> Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>>>> Subscribe to sites that are important to you </li></ul>
    24. 24. You might… <ul><li>Connect to your wider school community? </li></ul><ul><li>>>> School blog / wiki </li></ul><ul><li>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] </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>>> School Twitter feed / Facebook page </li></ul>
    25. 25. You might… <ul><li>Share “just in time” thinking? </li></ul><ul><li>>> Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>>> Virtual Learning Network </li></ul>
    26. 26. Takeaways <ul><li>Something you… </li></ul><ul><li>Learned today? </li></ul><ul><li>Do this week? </li></ul><ul><li>Explore this month? </li></ul><ul><li>So by the end of this term you can…? </li></ul>
    27. 27. ..and finally… <ul><li>>>>YouTube: Social Media Addicts Association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA </li></ul>
    28. 29. References <ul><li>Alton-Lee, A. (2003), Quality teaching for diverse students in schooling: Best Evidence Synthesis. Ministry of Education. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>EdWeb. (2010). School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010 . http://www.edweb.net/fimages/op/PrincipalsandSocialNetworkingReport.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Melhuish, K. (2011, March). Necessity is the mother of invention. CORE Education blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Education (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum for English medium teaching and learning in years 1-13. Wellington: Learning Media. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Netsafe (2010). What is digital citizenship? Learn, Guide, protect website. http://www.mylgp.org.nz/about/what-is-digital-citizenship/ </li></ul><ul><li>White, N. (2006). Us and Them: A Blog Conversation Survival Guide, SX SW. </li></ul><ul><li>Wright, N. (2010). eLearning and implications for New Zealand schools: A literature review . Ministry of Education. </li></ul>
    29. 30. Image / Video sources <ul><li>Background doc (social media logos): zitzsolutions: social‑media‑marketing.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 1: Relativity Corps (socialnet.jpg) </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 3: ‘Social network’: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Network_Sociality.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Adams, S. (2010) Dilbert cartoons: www.dilbert.com </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9: ‘Together we are’ by mommy peace [http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaughnessy/] </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 11: TCPK [http://tpack.org/] </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media Addicts Association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5TI3gzx3JA </li></ul>
    30. 31. Social media and ‘web 2.0’ tools allow us to … <ul><ul><ul><li>connect with “people like me” in ways that we mutually agree on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>find ideas to share - and challenge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>dynamic, user-responsive space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>connected to other social media </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Virtual Learning Network (Groups) is a social networking space </li></ul></ul></ul>

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