Who is Michael? Worked on ICT in Education for 17 years CTO responsibilities Investigate new technology developments on potential for Education Advise on technology application in programs both internally as for partner organisations Overall technical architecture of Kennisnet online services
Why do we talk about Social Media nowadays? (from tribes to weak ties & network sociality) In the ‘old days’ everyone that mattered was within walking distance Growth led to leaders of groups, still direct communication Mobility led to distance and mediated communication: enter social media!
Sociale Media zijn slechts een nieuwe manier om de Conversatie voort te zetten! Social Network/Media: ‘ Rediscovery’ of old friends (from school, from local town, from studies abroad, …) Alternative meeting space for ‘real’ friends (i.e. twitter for day-2-day vs. dinner and a good conversation every few weeks)
Kids use social networks to stay in touch with their peergroup outside school Dutch social network is HYVES (6 million members!)
A model of opinions on Social Media in School Student School is a place to learn stuff to get a good job School <does not equal> FUN Meeting other students, constructing personal identity Mental distinction: School & Peergroep respect that! Don’t exaggerate, but… Take an constructive/positive approach to Social Media in Education, because Social Media very popular with kids, especially within their own peergroep At the moment schools ban these apps, seen as a disturbance This cannot last, how to build upon the phenomenon?
Are we ready for cooperation in virtual teams using online services? In 2008 Ryerson University in Toronto / Canada tried to expel Chris Avenir This decision was overruled when he appealed This approach would earn him compliments at work. His university tries to expel him! What wrong with this picture? (Example from: &quot;No Educator Left Behind“, by Mark Federman for ‘Big Ideas’ at tvo.com)
Don’t overestimate the digital natives Students ICT literate? Skindeep (fast at the keyboard), but no real understanding or sophisticated use Teachers think students know it all… and feel inadequate Risk: no education in ‘real’ use of internet applications Online cooperation using web 2.0 tools Combining multiple sources, filtering information Tragic mutual misunderstanding : Students (think they) allready know everything Teachers (think they) don’t know anything about (new) media But they know a lot about group processes But they know a lot about filtering information & combining sources
A (succesfull) community is formed around ‘A social Object’ (i.e. a kid with a football in the park is never alone…) What is the shared interest, problem, challange, etc. Teachers seem unwilling to share, but really fear criticism of their peers Trusted environment among peers will stimulate open discussion and exchange of materials Suggestions from the study Sharing knowledge about ICT developments relevant to education Social platform for teachers cooperation (trusted environment!) Social platform as part of the lesson (integrated with the content) Social platform for school communication (teachers students) Teach students about social media, the real potential!!! So what’s your ‘football’? Making education fun, exciting, usefull for kids!
Social Media In Onderwijs IPON 11 Maart 2010
Social Media inzetten in Onderwijs?! Michael van Wetering Chief Technology Officer - Stichting Kennisnet IPON 2010, 11 maart 2010 Email [email_address] BLOG http://mikes.typepad.com/fortytwo