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This talk introduces Learning2Gether (http://learning2gether.pbworks.com) and explains how it came about, and how it draws on and expands its participants’ personal learning networks so that ...

This talk introduces Learning2Gether (http://learning2gether.pbworks.com) and explains how it came about, and how it draws on and expands its participants’ personal learning networks so that knowledge is transferred informally and peer to peer. A crucial aspect of the learning that takes place there is where teachers model to one another how to use Web 2.0 tools to leverage learning through networking, and to apply these to classroom and other professional development opportunities. This talk is couched it in the perspective of how teachers achieve the aha! Moment, where they 'get' how technology can become a critical enabler of what they ordinarily try to do pedagogically in their classrooms. In this presentation I will try to provoke an aha! moment by illustrating how a PLN works to enhance such learning by getting people from other virtual spaces to join us in real time, live and online.
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  • -:Learning2gether:-to achieve the AHA! moment
    Vance Stevens
    Plenary address at the 6th International -42nd Annual Conference held at VIT, Vellore, India, 16 to 18 June, 2011
  • Basic Concept - Teaching
    Teachers are learners They are one and the same.
    A teacher is a master learner who knows more about learning than his or her students.
    A teacher
    models and
    demonstrates how students can learn effectively.
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Basic Concept - Learning
    Learning requires change. One cannot enter a quest for learning and emerge unchanged.
    In that case, nothing would have been learned.
    A learner (or as a learner, a teacher …)
    Reflects
    And practices
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
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  • If a teacher is a master learner …
    Then it stands to reason that as a learner,the teacher must continually be changing.
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
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  • Let’s stop here and ask
    What is your view of your profession?
    What is your colleagues’ view?
    Is it that you pass on a set of skills acquired at one time?
    the same set of skills?
    year after year?
    Let’s hope it’s not! Things change!
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Frameworks for coping with Change
    Alan Toffler, Future Shock
    Etiene Wenger, Communities of Practice
    George Siemens: Connectivismhttp://www.connectivism.ca/
    Cross, Informal Learningdirected at knowledge workers
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Knowledge Work
    A good segment of India’s economy is devoted to knowledge work.
    Such work assumes a constantly shifting playing field where change is driven by innovation
    and the education system is charged with training students to work injobs that haven’t been invented yet.
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference
    June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Challenge #1
    To prepare students for careers as knowledge workers in jobs not invented yet, teachers must
    Transition from one mindset to another on ten fronts simultaneously, each involving a substantial break with past thinking
    Grasp how a baker’s dozen of unfamiliar tools and concepts can further learning in the emerging paradigms
    Cannot be done in one step… only in many SMALL steps
    SMALL = Social Media Assisted Language Learning
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference
    June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • How can teachers rise to this challenge?
    Only by constantly learning.
    How can they constantly learn? By http://learning2gether.pbworks.com
    Teacher development means constantly re-learning, even re-inventing, how to learn
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Future of Learning in a Networked World
    We no longer learn in the way we did last century.
    We are much more connected now.
    Those who wish to drive innovation,
    or teach students to be in a position to drive innovation,
    must themselves be innovative in the way they learn.
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Ten Paradigm Shifts
    Pedagogy - shift from didactic models of “teaching” to constructivist ones of learning
    Networking –connectivism: learning as a social vs. isolated activity
    Literacy –from reliance on print to functioning in multiliteracies
    Heuristics – from client-server to peer-to-peer
    Formality – from hierarchical power centricity to informal learning and F.U.N.
    Transfer - applying social networking skills and concepts from personal life to professional
    Directionality – from push to pull dissemination of knowledge
    Ownership – proprietary vs. open source, OER
    Sharing – from guarded copyright to creative commons, and fair use
    Classification – taxonomic to folksonomic systems
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
    More information http://tinyurl.com/vance2010calico
  • A few Digital Literacies
    Howard Rheingold: Network awarenesshttp://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Review/EDUCAUSEReviewMagazineVolume45/AttentionandOther21stCenturySo/213922
    Multiliteracies: http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com
    Dave Cormier: MOOCshttp://davecormier.com/edblog/wp-content/uploads/MOOC_Final.pdf
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Cormier’s Success in MOOC
    Orient
    Declare
    Network
    Cluster
    Focus
    Can this work in huge real world f2f classes?
    Like in India?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8avYQ5ZqM0&feature=player_embedded
    At http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/33070273/Week2EVO2011
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Let’s image …
    All parties have gone some way toward making those paradigm shifts
    Teachers AND learners are sufficiently multi-literate to hold discourse on the goals and affordances inherent in that shift, because
    These technologies only become transformative when their use becomes second-nature to the point where we and those around us use them in our normal workflow.
    From http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2011/03/transforming-learning-with-creative.html
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Personal Learning Network
    Bringing together elements of a PLN
    Webheadshttp://webheads.info
    Twitter http://twitter.com/vances
    Facebook
    Learning2gether http://learning2gether.pbworks.com
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • How to connect
    Elluminate via Learning Timeshttp://tinyurl.com/y3eh
    WiZiQhttp://wiziq.com
    BigMarkerhttp://bigmarker.com
    Open University Flash Meeting
    Skype http://skype.com
    TappedInhttp://tappedin.orgevery Sunday noon GMT (4 pm in UAE)
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Baker’s dozen of skills, concepts, tools, and genres for the 21st Century
    Web 2.0 and social networking
    RSS and feed readers
    Podcasts
    Harvesting them, through RSS
    Also producing them
    Blogging
    Multiliteracyskills
    Following via RSS
    Microblogging
    Twitter
    Edmodo, Yammer, etc.
    Push/pull technologies
    Aggregation via folksonomic classification (tags)
    Digital storytelling and applications of multimedia to new literacies
    PLNs (personal learning networks)
    Communities of practice
    Connectivism
    Informal / just-in-time learning
    Synchronous communications: instant messaging, online presentation venues incorporating interactive whiteboard, voice, and video
    Asynchronous collaborations tools: blogs, wikis, Voicethread, Slideshare, Google docs and similar collaboration tools
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
    See Stevens, 2010 at Google Doc
  • Change Agency
    Cofino, K. (2008). Making the shift happen. Always learning. Retrieved on March 28, 2011 fromhttp://kimcofino.com/blog/2008/02/24/making-the-shift-happen/
    Curtis, P. (2009). Building A Web 2.0 culture. Multimedia presentation at the K12 Online Conference 2009. Retrieved on March 28, 2011 from http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=457 .
    Carozza, B. (2009). Embracing Web 2.0 for the Administrator. Multimedia presentation at the K12 Online Conference 2009. Retrieved on March 28, 2011 from http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=455.
    Freedman, T. (2006). Overcoming obstacles: Selling Web 2.0 to senior management. Paper delivered at the K12 Online Conference 2006. Retrieved on March 28, 2011 from http://k12online.wm.edu/overcomingobstacles.pdf.
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Challenge #2Elucidating the Ineffable
    It's because computers are anything but isolating, because they bring people together in innumerable modalities, that they are transformative in learning.  Yet …this is not widely accepted as fact due to the ineffable nature of the process.  Technogogy has to be experienced to be understood, and many simply do not grant themselves the opportunity to experience it; therefore they never achieve that aha! moment.
    From http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2011/03/transforming-learning-with-creative.html
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference
    June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Paradigm shift: Transfer
    From networking with friends via Facebook
    To collaboration with colleagues inGoogle Docs and Delicious
    Examples with language focus
    Writingmatrixhttp://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com
    Webheadshttp://webheads.info
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Use it with Students
    Photo credit, Barbara Dieu: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bee/5737375/(shared here per creative commons: attribution, noncommercial, share-alike)
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Organizing learners to use Web 2.0
    Get them familiar with project organization and collaboration online:
    Cloud collaboration in
    Google Docs
    Wikis
    Etherpad clones
    Delicious and Diigo
    Tapping into PLN’s
    Microblogging (Twitter)
    Ning alternativeGrouply, Grou.ps etc.
    Listservs
    Facebook
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design materials to train teachers while teaching students
    Simple, practical, hands on exercises in:
    Cloud collaboration in Google Docs (i.e. wiki)
    Reading blogs (awareness –> comment –> create content)
    Following blogs via RSS
    Via blocks added to LMS / CMS & other aggregators
    At a more advanced stage, in Google Reader
    Tagging in Delicious (and/or Diigo)
    Organizing bookmarks in the cloud
    Using Delicious to communicate through tags
    Expanding Internet searches through suggested alternate key words
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
    More information about the three-step progression and full text and slides at http://braz2010vance.pbworks.com/PLN
  • F.U.N. with tags and backchannels
    Play tag games with:
    Spezify and Addictomatic
    Flickr and TagGalaxy
    Writingmatrix
    Backchannel tools
    Lists in Twitter
    Edmodo
    Wallwisher
    Voicethread
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
    http://braz2010vance.pbworks.com/TagGames
  • Class-roots professional development
    Students and staff must
    Recognize potentials of social media for learning
    Model best practices for one another
    Refine skills by training one another
    Training
    Not just through reading about IT and attending lectures or workshops
    Necessary to “do” it.
    This requires PLN of peers who will interact and scaffold one another
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Making the shift happen
    Teachers as“master” lifelong learners must:
    Move toward greater socialization in their learning environments
    Become aware of and incorporate 21st Century skills and paradigm shifts
    Seek out, and become, models of best practices
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • In Conclusion
    I would like to end by learning from you.
    I am in India, a land associated with
    transcendental meditation
    change and renewal through humility and introspection.
    As Clay Shirky points out in his new book,
    technology is the enabler, but
    what you’ve always wanted to teach is the driver
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Bu it’s not necessarily about tech
    The canvas is large and restricting it to technology would indeed be narrowing the perspective. Let's talk about what is changing, why and how. The direction of the change in the current globalised IT enabled economy - towards hands-on minds-on activities.  I guess the change is from a teacher being the dispenser of knowledge  to facilitator of discovery learning. Going beyond  mere remembering, understanding, applying  to analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Let's talk about the implications for teaching, text, test etc. – Fr. Peter
    Vance Stevens, VIT / ELTAI Conference June, 2011, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Thanks to all who joined in the live presentation
    All Vance’s slides are athttp://slideshare.net/vances
    This session was recorded:
    (URL to be provided by WiZiQ)