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This is my presentation at the CALICO conference, Amherst, June 10, 2010 as part of a panel to discuss the book I helped co-edit called CALL in Challenging Technology Context: ...

This is my presentation at the CALICO conference, Amherst, June 10, 2010 as part of a panel to discuss the book I helped co-edit called CALL in Challenging Technology Context: https://calico.org/page.php?id=452. A draft version of the text of my chapter, from which this presentation was distilled, is here: http://tinyurl.com/vance2010calico

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    • Shifting sands, shifting paradigms: Challenges to developing 21st century learning skills
      Vance Stevens
      Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
      Presenting at CALICO 2010, Amherst
      June 10, 2010
    • The challenge
      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 CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • 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, and fair use
      Sharing – from guarded copyright to creative commons
      Classification – taxonomic to folksonomic systems
      Vance Stevens CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • 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 CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • Making IT happen (Freedman, 2006)
      Article on change agency advises:
      Careful preparation
      Anticipate counter-arguments
      Avoid evangelicalism
      Plan steps beyond acceptance of your idea
      Request specific action when approaching administrators
      Assuming doubters are trying to do their best
      Vance Stevens CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • Making IT happen (Coffino, 2008)
      Several conditions for making "the shift to a 21st century learning environment" happen:
      Make clear why change is needed
      Clear vision and expectation that change will happen
      Dedicated support person to
      Ensure that models for change are embedded in curriculum
      Ensure the infrastructure is in place
      Set out clear roles for each staff member
      Publicize success
      Vance Stevens CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • Organizing teachers 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 and alternatives
      Listservs
      Facebook
      Vance Stevens CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • Design materials to train teachers while teaching students
      Simple, practical, hands on exercises in:
      Cloud collaboration in Google Docs (i.e. wiki)
      Reading blogs (before creating them)
      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 CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • 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 CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • 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 CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • 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 CALICO 2010 Amherst
    • Vance’s presentations are always online
      http://slideshare.net/vances
      http://tinyurl.com/vance2010calico
      Sorry, no “handout” but …