From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom

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The Reform Symposium Conference is but one of a myriad of events taking place almost constantly now where teachers have opportunities for meeting in online spaces and sharing information and expertise …

The Reform Symposium Conference is but one of a myriad of events taking place almost constantly now where teachers have opportunities for meeting in online spaces and sharing information and expertise with one another. The MOOC concept, whether xMOOC or cMOOC, provides steady often overlapping opportunities for deeper, more prolonged engagement not only with niche topics, but more importantly with others interested in those niches. Google Hangouts on Air now make it possible for anyone to simulcast an event, and many do, extending invitations to colleagues in a mushroom field of communities. It seems there is something of this nature going on every minute, and social media is working virally to spread the word among educators.

Stepping back to a wider perspective on this phenomenon, what is going on every minute is networked, connectivist learning. Open education, driven by learners connecting with other learners, is taking place around the clock, around the globe, in countless free spaces, bound only by the amount of time participants can make to engage and absorb the knowledge inherent in their networks. The possibilities this unleashes are only starting to be realized by the brick and mortar establishment. Not that we should quit our daytime jobs any time soon, but we should certainly rethink them.

This presentation will draw on present circumstances to inform how we might rethink our role as educators, or perhaps more importantly, encourage others to follow our example. The presenter has been involved in coordinating two virtual communities that have been interacting and learning from one another daily for the past decade. This presentation will show through representative examples how participants in these networks acquire the tools for re-thinking how they engage their students. Networked learning is ineffable in that it must be experienced to be understood, and those without that experience have difficulty grasping a full range of its affordances. As the behavior of participants in online networked learning changes, so their teaching styles change, and the better they are able to model for their students characteristics of what they find most effectively leads to their learning what they want to know in an increasingly interconnected world.

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  • 1. From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom Vance Stevens Reform Symposium 4 http://reformsymposium.com Oct 13, 2013
  • 2. If you follow this presentation at http://slideshare.net/vances All the hyperlinks will work
  • 3. Once upon a time (a digital story) Sean Wilden yesterday at http://ltsig.org.uk/events/13-future-events/318121013-special-event-using-technology-in-teaching-principles-in-practice.html Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 3
  • 4. Isolation can be dangerous! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0Urj27gqIQ Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 4
  • 5. Welcome to the Read-Write Century http://www.communitywiki.org/cw/ReadOnly http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2322 Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 5
  • 6. We can see an end to isolation for educators http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/4156 Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 6
  • 7. Now more than ever http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/plenarysugatamitra but teachers must be beamed as master learners Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 7
  • 8. Richardson’s 6 ways to relearn • Share everything (or at least something) • Discover, don’t deliver, the curriculum • Talk to strangers (filter and interact with others in your personal learning network) • Be a master learner • Do real work, for real audiences • Transfer the power (over who drives curriculum) How to do these things is ineffable (must be experienced) From Slide 5 here: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/learning2gether-to-develop-personal-learning-networks-to-modelcollaborative-learning-for-teachers-to-use-with-students Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 8
  • 9. What about isolation for students? c.1995-6 Dave Winet offered classes for students to learn English http://study.com Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 9
  • 10. Why do people want to study online? • Teachers instinctively prepared syllabuses http://www.internettime.com/Learning/The%20Other%2080%25.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 10
  • 11. Not to ‘work’ but to socialize • Students rejected the ‘work’ but in 1997-1998 were attracted like moths to flame to http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/webheads.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 11
  • 12. For example … http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/yaodong.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 12
  • 13. About Yaodong in TESL-EJ, 2003 http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume6/ej23/ej23int/ Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 13
  • 14. Yaodong keeps connecting, 2008 http://www.storyofmylife.com/User/user_story_view.aspx?storyId=2688&ChapterId=3952&UserId=3512 Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 14
  • 15. Yaodong connecting Webheads 2001 http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/chat2001/wfw011031.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 15
  • 16. Sue visited Houston in 2002 http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/sue_houston.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 16
  • 17. How do we figure out how to structure learning to meet social expectations? • In Writing for Webheads we learned from the students who interacted with us – how to construct communities that would promote language learning – through greater opportunities to socialize in spaces where the target language was used throughout • In Webheads in Action we teach one another experientially, so that we – learn by trying out online community building techniques – in spaces where technology is being used online to promote greater awareness of how it might facilitate language learning Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 17
  • 18. Webheads in Action http://www.vancestevens.com/paper s/evonline2002/webheads_evo.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 18
  • 19. Webheads: Community Attribution: http://flickr.com/photos/94794165@N00/410359410/ From Slide 30 at http://www.slideshare.net/vances/modeling-social-media-in-groups-communities-andnetworks-socialnetworking-2009-online-conference Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 19
  • 20. WiAOC 2005, 2007, 2009 From Stephen Downes, Learning the Web 2.0 Way, 2007 http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/personal-learning-the-web-20-way From Slide 3 at http://www.slideshare.net/vances/modeling-social-media-in-groups-communities-andnetworks-socialnetworking-2009-online-conference Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 20
  • 21. Model, demonstrate, practice, reflect Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 21
  • 22. Where did I get this? I was only able to relocate this image for RSCON4 because I shared it on Facebook Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 22
  • 23. What would it look like? If you wanted to model effective connected learning to socially-oriented peers online? Maybe like this? Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 23
  • 24. Staff Room in the Cloud Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 24
  • 25. Staff Room in the Cloud Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 25
  • 26. Connectivism Siemens, G. (2004-5). Connectivism: A Learning theory for the digital age. Elearnspace. Retrieved August 17, 2011 from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm Siemens’s conclusions can be startling In this YouTube video, Siemens says at min 1:13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqL_lsogeNU&feature=youtu.be "Have you ever thought about how completely irrelevant structured learning is?" From slide 8 here: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/how-mooc-learning-reaches-students-through-tpd Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 26
  • 27. It’s ineffable • To understand how connected learning works, we must experience online learning2gether • Connected learning works well when teachers are self selected, already in the choir, as are RSCON participants • The problem is when we go beyond to others who have not experienced connected learning as we have • Fortunately, there are now burgeoning opportunities for teachers to avoid isolation Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 27
  • 28. What’s happening just this weekend? Jeff Lebow is streaming hangouts from KOTESOL http://koreabridge.net/kotesolicstudio3.html Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 28
  • 29. SCoPE just wrapped up Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 29
  • 30. Moodle MOOC 2 http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1411164-moodle-mooc-2-on-wiziq Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 30
  • 31. #eltchat https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D.AC3D28B09030E834760F4D57961C11 Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 31
  • 32. TESOL CALL-IS / IATEFL LTSIG http://ltsig.org.uk/events/13-future-events/318-121013-special-eventusing-technology-in-teaching-principles-in-practice.html Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 32
  • 33. EVO Electronic Village Online January and February each year http://evosessions.pbworks.com/ Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 33
  • 34. Connected Educator Month http://connectededucators.org/ Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 34
  • 35. Oh, and I almost forgot … http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/2013-reform-symposium Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 35
  • 36. Here a MOOC there a MOOC From Karen Head: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/here-a-mooc-there-a-mooc-but-will-it-work-for-freshman-composition/41883 • http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/62555597/moremoocs • Http://www.connectivistmoocs.org/ Stephen Downes’s definitive archive of knowledge on MOOCs (currently over 500 annotated references): http://www.downes.ca/mooc_posts.htm. Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 36
  • 37. You can see what’s on, attend or share with us at Learning2gether http://learning2gether.net/about/ http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 37
  • 38. Saving the most important to the end The Students! • Our mindsets must change so that students can be inculcated in the same way we are learning to learn • Students are already learning to connect (in their way!) e.g. – LA unified school district problem – Tom Woods in Australia Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 38
  • 39. Tom Wood 2007 http://www.news.com.au/technology/no-penalty-forbypassing-conroys-web-filter/story-e6frfro0-1225854496213 http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/schoolboy-whiz-helpsdraft-labor-cyber-policy/2007/11/21/1195321833867.html http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Teenager-cracks-govts-84mporn-filter/2007/08/25/1187462562907.html Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 39
  • 40. We have to meet them where they want to be http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/26/did-the-losangeles-school-system-really-not-see-this-coming-when-theyhanded-out-free-ipads-to-high-schoolers/ http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/los-angelesstudents-ipads-classroom-play-video-games-173850244.html Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 40
  • 41. Alan November on Global Voice “Can you imagine giving every kid a laptop and not changing the audience? But changing the device? How do you reconcile that?” http://edtechcrew.net/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0EG_iwLrVw Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 41
  • 42. David Warlick on networking being the boundary of the digital divide Dave Warlick's K-12 Online Conference keynote: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=144 We want our children to be the students we want to teach rather than teaching the children who they are and this is an insult to our children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTrMBmDK7Os Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 42
  • 43. Students learn best when they are where they want to be Chuck Sandy talked about Design for Change http://www.dfcworld.com/ https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording /playback/link/table/dropin?sid=2008350&suid=D. EED9A632C04487C03B9BF5F1E94B0A Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 43
  • 44. What’s with the MOOCs? How MOOC Learning Reaches Students through TPD Vance Stevens Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE AAMC / PACE / KBZAC Title slide from: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/how-mooc-learning-reaches-students-through-tpd Stevens, V. (2013). What's with the MOOCs? TESL-EJ, Volume 16, Number 4, pp. 1-14: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej64/int.pdf Also available at: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume16/ej64/ej64int/
  • 45. Updated April 7, 2013 Thinking SMALL: Training Teachers in Web2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning EFL Vance Stevens, UAE: HCT / PACE TESOL in Dallas, Texas, March 22, 2013 CALL-IS & Elementary Education InterSection Session New Tools/Techniques in CALL eLearning in Action Conference April 2, 2013 HCT Sharjah Women’s College Title slide from: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/training-teachers-in-web2
  • 46. RSCON4 Vance Stevens http://advanceducation.blogspot.com All materials presented here available at the blog URL above and at http://slideshare.net/vances http://www.futureofeducation.com/forum/topics/fromteacher-networked-learning-to-transformation-in-your
  • 47. Some articles about Webheads • Yilmaz, B, and Stevens, V. (2012). Webheads in Action: A community of practice scaffolding multiliteracies skills in teacher professional development. Writing & Pedagogy 4,1:135–146. • Stevens, Vance. (2010). Webheads and Distributed Communities of Practice. Global Neighbors: Newsletter of TESOL's English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, EFLIS News March 2010 Volume 9 Number 1:http://www.tesol.org//s_tesol/sec_issue.asp?nid=2994&iid=13069&sid=1 • Stevens, Vance. (2007). Webheads as agents of change in overlapping clouds of distributed learning networks. APACALL Newsletter 11, pp. 3-8. Retrieved December 18, 2007 from: http://www.apacall.org/news/Newsletter11.pdf. • Stevens, V. (2004). Webheads communities: Writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and web page development. In Leaver, B. and Willis, J. (Eds.). Task-based instruction in foreign language education: Practices and programes. Georgetown University Press. pp. 204217. – – – There is a full text of a late draft of my article here, though references are not included: http://vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taskbase_ch10june192003.htm An earlier version has the references, and also images that were intended to illustrate the article: http://vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taskbase_full.htm Here is a Commentary: from the Linguis list, May 2005. AUTHORS: Leaver, Betty Lou; Willis, Jane R. TITLE: Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education SUBTITLE: Practices and Programs PUBLISHER: Georgetown University Press YEAR: 2004 "CHAPTER TEN: Webhead communities: Writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and web page development (Vance Stevens) Another instance of virtual classroom implementing writing tasks is described in this chapter. The author reports activities of groups of learners and teachers involved in online writing practices. The writing tasks were aimed at purposeful interaction and technology was a vehicle of implementing pedagogical principles not the driving force. The author's initiative for conducting an online writing and grammar course is reported to have been the starting point of this community of online writers called Webheads. The group interactions involved various topics including projects on which teachers interacted and themes and tasks of interest to learners. Cost, ease of use, multicasting capability, and cross platform adaptability were the criteria in selecting the tools for computer mediated communication. Email groups, web pages, and synchronous chat were the major modalities of interaction and implementation of tasks. After a brief discussion on evaluation and in the conclusion section the author mentions lowering affective obstacles and promoting a sense of community as the main message from the project and recommends that the model be applied in other situations. In an appendix some technology related issues are dealt with. • Stevens, V. and Altun, A. (2002). The Webheads community of language learners online. In Syed, Z. (Ed.). The process of language learning: An EFL perspective. Abu Dhabi: The Military Language Institute. pp. 285-318. 2001mli_stevens-altun2mb.pdf. There is a pre-publication version of this paper at http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/papers/t2t2001/proceeds.htm • Stevens, Vance. 1999. Writing for Webheads: An online writing course utilizing synchronous chat and student web pages. A paper submitted for the 4th Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: Best Practices In Delivering, Supporting & Managing Online Learning, April 7-9, 1999 - http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/hawaii99.htm Vance Stevens RSCON4 Oct 13, 2013 47