Why would you want to do acollaborative project online?
Eric Whitacres Virtual Choir #3 Water Night received 3746videos by 2,945 people in 73 countries. YouTube video 2 April 201...
Can online participation lead tosomething good happening in real life?
In just over 24 hours after posting one mans heartbreakingly heroic   story on Reddit, more than $80,000 in donations had ...
The world in which we live is complex andinterconnected. Todays students need new skills tobe successful - creativity, col...
Where are the connections in this classroom?
How different is it from a classroom from the1950s?         Source: Heywood Grammar School
Are we afraid to step out?
How teens view their digital lives      Entire infographic here
As teachers we need to get over that barrier first.Upskill.               Photo by Tralamander on Flickr
Its never too late
Our rationale:Learning in a social media environment.Using skills to develop important  literacies
Why are social media literacies important?If you know how to swim that will serve you very   well, but if you are the only...
Social media literacies involve not only the skills ofencoding and decoding in these media but thesocial part, the ability...
Participatory culture:dont just consume - create(Rheingold)
Case in point: our students startblogging
Year 9s find an authentic audience - areal story
How it started                   Tania > Nick Have I ever sent you my documentation of acollaborative project I did with a...
Nick > TaniaWhat a fabulous idea
A little later...Hi Tania,I’d like to get my yr nines to think more about what   and how they are learning. I want them to...
Can you think of the best way to make thishappen?Tania: I think I can
Tania > NickWhat do you think about embedding a clustrmap into your blog and those of your students?Students are thrilled ...
Nick > TaniaIts very exciting for me to see where all of this   goes. Im ok with it going nowhere/ failing, but I   think ...
Nick > TaniaIts a bit scary making their work so public, but I   think it will inspire them to do their best.
global audience
How is blogging different from all the other writing students do?
sharing:now I can read what youre writing       Joel Robinsons photo
authentic audience:not just writing for my teacher      Photo found on Pinterest
peer readership:writing for my friends to read (just like Facebook)         Flickr photo by h.koppdelaney
ownership of blog space:make it the way I like
empowerment:I am an author/publisher
engagement:peer encouragement
real world influence:the world is my classroom          Photo by Joel Robinson
Preparation:How to behave online
Rules:traditional
Rules:whats most important
First post:Setting the stage
Open minds welcome
The why
Know yourself
Students buy inGood day, Mr FairlieHeres my Posterous Space page.http://simontr.posterous.com/I am looking forward to post...
Nick > GeorgeWell done, George. I love your first post. Your musing about the innate self versus the learned self is very ...
First comment from the outsideNick, Penny Bentley (maths teacher and ICT mentor  - Australia) commented on Simons post.Lat...
Nick > TaniaYay! Hooray! I am thrilled, and I hope Simon is too.
Nick > Tania  So I just looked at our clustrmap, and saw viewsfrom Belgrade, Luxemburg, NZ… amazing
Tania > NickCongratulations! Youve passed 1,000 blog views!
Bringing in real people, experts
Isobelle > TaniaThanks for asking me Tania. I willhappily write a message.
Nick > TaniaWow. This is really starting to blow my mind.A-Ma-Zing.
Isobelle Carmody writes to our students
Isobelle Carmody - Blogging......seems to me like a diary and yet it does have an   audience and feeling that, it causes m...
Nick > TaniaFabulous. What she wrote was just perfect. And its  addressed to the boys!
Hang on...    ... is this who I think it is?
Yes, I can talk to my favourite author!
Isobelle encourages ongoingconnections
Why not 2 authors?Tania > NickMichael Gerard Bauer (The Running Man, Ishmael  series) has agreed to write something for yr...
Nick > TaniaHow fantastic.
Michael gives the boys some advice
Nick > students:Whats your take on Michaels post?
Students reflect on the power of wordsIt is not so much that we take words for granted but more that we    ignore the beau...
Nick > TaniaThese responses are blowing my mind. Perhaps the  most exciting thing Ive done in 10 years of  teaching!
Teaching online conversation          Source: Daniela Volpari
Nick > TaniaThey are at pains to respect each other and the  ideas. They are getting it!Now they just need to learn the op...
The art of commenting
Social media literacies
Conversation
The task surprises
Nick > TaniaIts becoming clear that this is as much a writing as   thinking task. It sounds weird, but I saw this as a   f...
VoiceSource: http://www.isawthisimage.com/2011/04/50-beautiful-images-of-inspiration-time-stands-still-ar/
Nick > TaniaThey are all really experimenting with voices. I love  the difference in voice between the first and  subseque...
Tania > NickYes, all that will hopefully happen over time. I keep  forgetting theyre yr 9s.
Nick > TaniaIve just read xs posts. His blog epitomizes the   purpose of the project: its deeply reflective and   hes real...
Student blog posts can surprise youThis is EXACTLY why were doing this project. Tasks  narrowly defined by me produce narr...
Nick > TaniaI really believe that school is valuable if it teaches   you why knowledge is important.School needs to inspir...
Nick has an epiphany ;PI think this has to be the starting point for all   classroom engagement.The questions, ‘why does t...
Nick:The answer ‘all knowledge is valuable’ is the true  and important one, but a kid won’t necessarily  accept that on fa...
Deep understanding of blogging as alearning experience for the teacherNick:The reality of exams and assessment tasks, and ...
Teachers doing, not just sayingWe model writing by doing what we ask the students to do.
Nicks post
Tanias post
Student gets it about onlineconversation
From the blog In Retrospect
Challenge:do something then write about it.Asking the important questions
Challenging assumptions,questioning stereotypes
Student:In Western society today, the 21st century, a new  kind of man is emerging. This man, surprisingly,  is quite cons...
Online serendipity:metacognition of online behaviour
Go on, get lost
Making connections
Nick > boys...and even though the   ideas taught in Maths have everything to do with   lessons from Philosophy , we treat ...
Student:Connections strengthen as we grow older, because  we experience more. With more experiences,  there is more to con...
Examples of student blogs from otherdisciplines
Natalies studio:posting what I love and what inspires meSiena College                         Drawing of feather created u...
Reflection and self-assessmentNatalie:If I was to do this again, I would try other materials   like oil paint or pencil to...
Sean Nash teaches important literaciesin his biology ning
Thinking about learning in biologyStudent:Ive learned so much - not only about the   carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins b...
Where to next?Further collaboration within the schoolCollaboration with students outside school, possiblyfrom another coun...
Year 9 English MSH blog link -http://9l-english-mhs.posterous.com/Nick Fairlie on Twitter @NickfairlieTania Sheko on Twitt...
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
Connecting our students to themselves, each other and the world   our story
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  1. 1. Why would you want to do acollaborative project online?
  2. 2. Eric Whitacres Virtual Choir #3 Water Night received 3746videos by 2,945 people in 73 countries. YouTube video 2 April 2012, and received 100,000 views in the first week. Eric Whitaker’s Virtual Choir on YouTube
  3. 3. Can online participation lead tosomething good happening in real life?
  4. 4. In just over 24 hours after posting one mans heartbreakingly heroic story on Reddit, more than $80,000 in donations had been pledged to a Kenyan orphanage where he saved a group of kids. The donations came from all 50 U.S. states and 46 different countries
  5. 5. The world in which we live is complex andinterconnected. Todays students need new skills tobe successful - creativity, collaboration,communication.A digital display of the Facebook user community and the connections between users.
  6. 6. Where are the connections in this classroom?
  7. 7. How different is it from a classroom from the1950s? Source: Heywood Grammar School
  8. 8. Are we afraid to step out?
  9. 9. How teens view their digital lives Entire infographic here
  10. 10. As teachers we need to get over that barrier first.Upskill. Photo by Tralamander on Flickr
  11. 11. Its never too late
  12. 12. Our rationale:Learning in a social media environment.Using skills to develop important literacies
  13. 13. Why are social media literacies important?If you know how to swim that will serve you very well, but if you are the only person in the world who knows how to read and write then it wont serve you very well. (Howard Rheingold)
  14. 14. Social media literacies involve not only the skills ofencoding and decoding in these media but thesocial part, the ability to use these skills and thesemedia in concert with others to get things done.(Howard Rheingold)
  15. 15. Participatory culture:dont just consume - create(Rheingold)
  16. 16. Case in point: our students startblogging
  17. 17. Year 9s find an authentic audience - areal story
  18. 18. How it started Tania > Nick Have I ever sent you my documentation of acollaborative project I did with a year 10 Englishclass and students from Florida (USA) andFinland?
  19. 19. Nick > TaniaWhat a fabulous idea
  20. 20. A little later...Hi Tania,I’d like to get my yr nines to think more about what and how they are learning. I want them to be more reflective and more critical thinkers.
  21. 21. Can you think of the best way to make thishappen?Tania: I think I can
  22. 22. Tania > NickWhat do you think about embedding a clustrmap into your blog and those of your students?Students are thrilled to see that people are reading their blog.
  23. 23. Nick > TaniaIts very exciting for me to see where all of this goes. Im ok with it going nowhere/ failing, but I think it will be fun.
  24. 24. Nick > TaniaIts a bit scary making their work so public, but I think it will inspire them to do their best.
  25. 25. global audience
  26. 26. How is blogging different from all the other writing students do?
  27. 27. sharing:now I can read what youre writing Joel Robinsons photo
  28. 28. authentic audience:not just writing for my teacher Photo found on Pinterest
  29. 29. peer readership:writing for my friends to read (just like Facebook) Flickr photo by h.koppdelaney
  30. 30. ownership of blog space:make it the way I like
  31. 31. empowerment:I am an author/publisher
  32. 32. engagement:peer encouragement
  33. 33. real world influence:the world is my classroom Photo by Joel Robinson
  34. 34. Preparation:How to behave online
  35. 35. Rules:traditional
  36. 36. Rules:whats most important
  37. 37. First post:Setting the stage
  38. 38. Open minds welcome
  39. 39. The why
  40. 40. Know yourself
  41. 41. Students buy inGood day, Mr FairlieHeres my Posterous Space page.http://simontr.posterous.com/I am looking forward to post more and share my ideas.Simon Trinh of 9L.
  42. 42. Nick > GeorgeWell done, George. I love your first post. Your musing about the innate self versus the learned self is very interesting. I look forward to reading more.Keep it up.Mr Fairlie
  43. 43. First comment from the outsideNick, Penny Bentley (maths teacher and ICT mentor - Australia) commented on Simons post.Later she wrote on FB They are amazing, articulate young people... its a credit to their teachers.
  44. 44. Nick > TaniaYay! Hooray! I am thrilled, and I hope Simon is too.
  45. 45. Nick > Tania So I just looked at our clustrmap, and saw viewsfrom Belgrade, Luxemburg, NZ… amazing
  46. 46. Tania > NickCongratulations! Youve passed 1,000 blog views!
  47. 47. Bringing in real people, experts
  48. 48. Isobelle > TaniaThanks for asking me Tania. I willhappily write a message.
  49. 49. Nick > TaniaWow. This is really starting to blow my mind.A-Ma-Zing.
  50. 50. Isobelle Carmody writes to our students
  51. 51. Isobelle Carmody - Blogging......seems to me like a diary and yet it does have an audience and feeling that, it causes me to treat the material I want to talk about differently...it does exactly what Mr Fairlie talks about in your site - it allows me to try out ideas on paper (well, cyberpaper) for an audience that may or may not read me, but they might, and so I have to take their presence seriously.It allows me to find out what I think about things- that in fact is what I think all writing should be about.
  52. 52. Nick > TaniaFabulous. What she wrote was just perfect. And its addressed to the boys!
  53. 53. Hang on... ... is this who I think it is?
  54. 54. Yes, I can talk to my favourite author!
  55. 55. Isobelle encourages ongoingconnections
  56. 56. Why not 2 authors?Tania > NickMichael Gerard Bauer (The Running Man, Ishmael series) has agreed to write something for yr 9s on the blog.
  57. 57. Nick > TaniaHow fantastic.
  58. 58. Michael gives the boys some advice
  59. 59. Nick > students:Whats your take on Michaels post?
  60. 60. Students reflect on the power of wordsIt is not so much that we take words for granted but more that we ignore the beauty and power (and danger) they contain.Words can also be manipulative and vitriolic, possible made to influence your thoughts in invisible ways, fooling you with their eloquence. Words can also be empty, soulless and flung with little care onto paper.These tiny insignificant characters that are so puny and insignificant by themselves but if carefully crafted and ordered can rock an entire nation to its core.Most people dont think about how important it is and how our lives would be completely different. We could not communicate ideas, feelings and just general informatiom. We would be locked in our own thougts, but then again, how could humans even think advanced and complex thoughts without language? We would only be able to think graphical thoughts like an image of a place.
  61. 61. Nick > TaniaThese responses are blowing my mind. Perhaps the most exciting thing Ive done in 10 years of teaching!
  62. 62. Teaching online conversation Source: Daniela Volpari
  63. 63. Nick > TaniaThey are at pains to respect each other and the ideas. They are getting it!Now they just need to learn the opposite: that you cant afford to be overly precious about ideas. If the ideas are robust enough they will withstand some verbal punishment.
  64. 64. The art of commenting
  65. 65. Social media literacies
  66. 66. Conversation
  67. 67. The task surprises
  68. 68. Nick > TaniaIts becoming clear that this is as much a writing as thinking task. It sounds weird, but I saw this as a forum for developing their meta-cognition, and didnt anticipate the benefits to their writing
  69. 69. VoiceSource: http://www.isawthisimage.com/2011/04/50-beautiful-images-of-inspiration-time-stands-still-ar/
  70. 70. Nick > TaniaThey are all really experimenting with voices. I love the difference in voice between the first and subsequent posts. They very often go over the top, and mimic what they think is an adult voice. This is sooo much better than what they usually produce, which is the voice they think is the right one (bland and devoid of personality).
  71. 71. Tania > NickYes, all that will hopefully happen over time. I keep forgetting theyre yr 9s.
  72. 72. Nick > TaniaIve just read xs posts. His blog epitomizes the purpose of the project: its deeply reflective and hes really taken chance to develop an authentic voice.
  73. 73. Student blog posts can surprise youThis is EXACTLY why were doing this project. Tasks narrowly defined by me produce narrow thinking, aimed at pleasing me (!)How would you devise an assessment task aimed at eliciting this kind of work?"Write a reflective essay of staggering insight, which cuts to the heart of your very being, in an authorial voice which is mature beyond your years."
  74. 74. Nick > TaniaI really believe that school is valuable if it teaches you why knowledge is important.School needs to inspire curiosity and provide a way to pursue it. If school doesn’t do that, I honestly don’t know what else it’s for.I want them to see that school is worth it because they are worth it.
  75. 75. Nick has an epiphany ;PI think this has to be the starting point for all classroom engagement.The questions, ‘why does this matter?’ or ‘when am I ever going to use this?’ are legitimate ones and should be addressed explicitly by a teacher.
  76. 76. Nick:The answer ‘all knowledge is valuable’ is the true and important one, but a kid won’t necessarily accept that on face value.They need to see why knowledge matters by honestly and critically engaging with it, and examine themselves in the light of that knowledge.
  77. 77. Deep understanding of blogging as alearning experience for the teacherNick:The reality of exams and assessment tasks, and teaching to the task is undeniable, but this shouldn’t be allowed to dominate a classroom.This project is my rage against the learning-is- assessment machine.
  78. 78. Teachers doing, not just sayingWe model writing by doing what we ask the students to do.
  79. 79. Nicks post
  80. 80. Tanias post
  81. 81. Student gets it about onlineconversation
  82. 82. From the blog In Retrospect
  83. 83. Challenge:do something then write about it.Asking the important questions
  84. 84. Challenging assumptions,questioning stereotypes
  85. 85. Student:In Western society today, the 21st century, a new kind of man is emerging. This man, surprisingly, is quite conservative, despite the thought social progressiveness of his society. To be brief, he is a coward, who will very easily conform to the existing norms of behaviour. We, for all our progressiveness, still cling on to the archaic model of masculinity; a physically strong man who is both authoritative and financially successful.
  86. 86. Online serendipity:metacognition of online behaviour
  87. 87. Go on, get lost
  88. 88. Making connections
  89. 89. Nick > boys...and even though the ideas taught in Maths have everything to do with lessons from Philosophy , we treat them like theyre unrelated.
  90. 90. Student:Connections strengthen as we grow older, because we experience more. With more experiences, there is more to connect to. Therefore we must make it our duty to be not only learning, but aware that we are learning, every day.Only then can we constantly make connections to old thoughts, and to other old connections.
  91. 91. Examples of student blogs from otherdisciplines
  92. 92. Natalies studio:posting what I love and what inspires meSiena College Drawing of feather created using app Sketchbook Pro Art
  93. 93. Reflection and self-assessmentNatalie:If I was to do this again, I would try other materials like oil paint or pencil to create different types of feathers and textures but otherwise I am extremely happy with this feather considering I only created it in under 45 minutes!
  94. 94. Sean Nash teaches important literaciesin his biology ning
  95. 95. Thinking about learning in biologyStudent:Ive learned so much - not only about the carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins but about how misleading the media is and how uninformed people are about their health, including myself.
  96. 96. Where to next?Further collaboration within the schoolCollaboration with students outside school, possiblyfrom another countryBringing in experts for areas of interestPossible whole school integration of digital literaciesand citizenship into learning and teaching
  97. 97. Year 9 English MSH blog link -http://9l-english-mhs.posterous.com/Nick Fairlie on Twitter @NickfairlieTania Sheko on Twitter @taniatorikovaBlog: Brave New World

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