Combining mobile tools and social media


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These slides accompany a keynote speech for the Let's Talk About Txt 7 Conference, held at the University of Leeds, UK on November 16, 2010.

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  1. 1. Combining Mobile Tools and Social Media: A Marriage Made in Heaven? Steve Wheeler University of Plymouth SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  2. 2. Failure to ComunicateV m SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
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  5. 5. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” - Derek Bok SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  6. 6. Education is changing for young people as they experience self-directed learning, (mostly outside school) about things that interest them. Source: SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  7. 7. Formal and Informal learning Formal Learning Informal Learning 20% 80% Source: Cofer, D. (2000). Informal Workplace Learning. Blended? SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  8. 8. “Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.” - Paulo Friere SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  9. 9. Source: (2009 statistics) > 90% have mobile connectivity > 4.1 billion mobile phone subscribers 1.27 billion fixed line connections 22 countries now have more phones than people. The USA is not one of them... * * SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  10. 10. Source: Dan Zambonini Mobile phone dominance 2009 Statistics SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  11. 11. Source: Dan Zambonini Global mobile phone use 2009 Statistics SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  12. 12. Source: Dan Zambonini The Mobile Web 2008 Statistics SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  13. 13. Social Media use Source: 2 Billion views/day 24 hours/minute SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  14. 14. Always Connected?
  15. 15. Always Connected?
  16. 16. “We are now implicitly and explicitly connected to each other. Mobile phones do this more than anything else, because now our connectedness travels with us everywhere we go.” Mark Curtis (2005) SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  17. 17. The first mobile phone? SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  18. 18. The ‘Brick’ When Martin Cooper invented the mobile phone 35 years ago, he envisioned a world with people so wedded to wireless connections that they would walk around with devices embedded in their bodies. Source: SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  19. 19. Objections from educators ...they are distracting and disruptive. The phone becomes the focus of attention, inappropriate images/videos can be taken and sent, leading to invasion of privacy and loss of teacher control! Mobile phones are banned in most schools because... SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
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  21. 21. Personalised Learning? SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  22. 22. Source: Maria Webster - Intuitive devices Touch screen Interactive Participatory Smart SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  23. 23. The Texture of Words The power of words to make us ‘feel’ SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  24. 24. Cyberbullying – Textual Harassment? "Children can escape from the school playground bully, but they find it harder to escape from the bully who invades their home, their desktop, their mind. Cyber bullying isn't going to replace traditional bullying; it will take it to a whole new dimension.“ Steve Wheeler (2010) SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  25. 25. “Mobile phones are forcing children to become more literate. Without the ability to txt, they cannot fully participate in their own culture of communication” Peter Yeomans (2010) SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Txting and Literacy
  26. 26. “The ethos of 50 years ago was that there was one kind of English that was right and everything else was wrong....There’s a new kind of ethos now.” David Crystal Evolution of Language SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  27. 27. Controversy of txt in school Source: Is it important to write properly and get the grammar correct, or should you be free to be creative? Children respond: SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  28. 28. What is this? dad@hvn ur spshl. we want wot u want & urth 2b like hvn. giv us food & 4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz. don't test us! save us! bcos we kno ur boss. ur tuf & ur cool 4 eva! ok? SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  29. 29. ‘Squeeze’ text The competition was for re-writing the Lord's Prayer for the mobile phone, using just 160 characters or less. It was judged for Ship of Fools by the Churches' Broadcasting Conference. The task itself was not easy. The traditional version of the Lord's Prayer is 372 characters long, so whittling it down to 160 characters meant cutting the prayer by more than half but without losing anything important. SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  30. 30. ...and in second place… r pa in evan, respect 2 u, may u rain ear as in evan. giv us r needs, 4giv r sin as we 4giv r nmes. resq us from the evil 1. 4 ur always the most xlent dude. yo SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  31. 31. Multimedia brought the world into the classroom... SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  32. 32. Multimedia brought the world into the classroom... Smart technologies will take the classroom into the world. SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  33. 33. Funnels and Webs Ivan Illich SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 One size does not fit all Participation, not passive reception of knowledge
  34. 34. Web 2.0 SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  35. 35. Social Media gives everyone a voice in the community SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Mobile tools can also give every learner a voice
  36. 36. Learning 2.0 Tools Collaborating Sharing Voting Networking User generated content The Architecture of Participation Tagging SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  37. 37. Augmented Reality (AR) is when technology recognises what you are doing and then enhances it. AR apps add information to the world around us. Source: SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  38. 38. SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Blogging on the move to capture images, sounds, experiences Moblogging
  39. 39. Digital Cultural Capital “Where digital communication has fractured the tyranny of distance and computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital”. Steve Wheeler (2009) SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  40. 40. Social Networks... Redefine community, friendship, identity, presence, privacy, geography, power relationships Enable learning, connections, collaboration, sharing, exploration ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Adapted from Alec Couros (2010)
  41. 41. Social Networks... Redefine community, friendship, identity, presence, privacy, geography, power relationships Enable learning, connections, collaboration, sharing, exploration Networks form around shared interests, ideas and objects Adapted from Alec Couros (2010) ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  42. 42. Digital Totems? • Gathering places • Rituals • Celebration • Transmission of customs, social mores and values (storytelling) • = Tribal identity • Social networks SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Personalisation of learning
  43. 43. Personalisation of learning means ensuring that individual differences are acknowledged SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  44. 44. Personal Learning Environment Personal Learning Network Personal Web Tools Source: PLEs are not only personal web tools and personal learning networks. PLEs are much wider than this, taking in experiences and realia, as well as learning through TV, music, paper based materials, radio & more formal contexts. Learning content is not as important now as where (or who) to connect to, to find it. PWTs are any web tools, (usually Web 2.0) chosen by learners to support their lifelong learning. SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010 Anatomy of a PLE
  45. 45. Source: George Siemens Connectivism We live in a techno-social world Learning occurs inside and outside of people – we store our knowledge in computers and in other people – George Siemens SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  46. 46. Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people. - Karen Stephenson SteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
  47. 47. Thank you! E: B: T: @timbuckteeth Picture by Helen Keegan ccSteveWheeler,UniversityofPlymouth,2010
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