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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
    • 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
    • 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)