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Applications of Social and Collaborative Technologies in Education

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My objective in this presentation was not only to describe the changing nature of community, and not only to describe how Web 2.0 applications create community as well as replace your Office applications, but also to talk to New Brunswickers about the role our province can play to help educators share learning with each other online. Audio and more at http://www.downes.ca/presentation/180

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Applications of Social and Collaborative Technologies in Education

  1. 1. Applications of Social and Collaborative Technologies in Education Stephen Downes ~ April 8, 2008
  2. 2. Why I came to New Brunswick
  3. 3. NRC-IIT Moncton
  4. 4. The Fall Foliage
  5. 5. NAWeb 1996 <ul><li>Wu Centre, Fredericton </li></ul>
  6. 6. Rik Hall
  7. 7. 1997
  8. 8. TeleEducation NB
  9. 9. People helping each other learn
  10. 10. EduCamp Colombia
  11. 11. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  12. 12. Taipei, Taiwan
  13. 13. Communities of Educators Online
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com
  15. 15. http://www.google.com/reader
  16. 16. http://www.facebook.com
  17. 17. http://www.ning.com
  18. 18. http://www.plaxo.com
  19. 19. http://groups.google.com
  20. 20. Communities of learners, where they need to learn
  21. 21. IBM Worldwide http://www-05.ibm.com/cz/events/power6/pdf/Ton_Engbersen_Trends_in_microelectronics.pdf
  22. 22. IBM Communities
  23. 23. http://companycommand.army.mil/
  24. 24. SWAT
  25. 25. Second Life Communities
  26. 26. Edublog Awards
  27. 27. The new technology - even games - supports learning by supporting community
  28. 28. Learning Communities Photo: Joyce Valenza and Dave Thomson. Photo by Ewan McIntosh http://www.flickr.com/photos/edublogger/840478703/
  29. 29. Elements of Learning Communities (Circa 1997)
  30. 30. Sense of shared purpose Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and Student Perceptions http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/vesely.htm Photo: Frederick Noronha http://www.flickr.com/photos/fn-goa/236214205/ Pam Vesely, Lisa Bloom and John Sherlock
  31. 31. Establishment of boundaries defining who is a member and who is not Photo: Loungerie http://www.flickr.com/photos/loungerie/827362903/
  32. 32. Establishment and enforcement of rules and policies Photo: ClintJCL http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/375585107/
  33. 33. Interaction among members Photo: Jason Rhodes http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrhode/2040911590
  34. 34. Trust, respect and support Photo: Nina Jean http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicasaurusrex/777759933/
  35. 35. Group identity Misanchuk and Anderson http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed01/19.html
  36. 36. Since then, we’ve learned…
  37. 37. Online communities are not as united as supposed… Photo: Harold Jarche http://www.jarche.com/?p=1525
  38. 38. We don’t want our classrooms to be like classrooms… Photo: Inx http://www.flickr.com/photos/lnx/6257130/
  39. 39. Far from it… <ul><li>The challenge for educators across the nation has become how to design and develop a teacher corps and a school structure that allows for a school that operates in a completely different manner than the classrooms we experienced in our own education. - Sammon 2000, 2. http://www.stanford.edu/group/cubberley/node/2383 </li></ul>Photo: Georgie Sharp http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgiesharp/1180689591/
  40. 40. Different levels of interaction: <ul><li>Communication - individualism </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation - mesh, or network </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration - unity, or whole </li></ul>Misanchuk and Anderson http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed01/19.html
  41. 41. Which level prevails in Web 2.0?
  42. 42. Learning in a Mesh Collaborative Cooperative Image: Noakes http://kolea.kcc.hawaii.edu/tcc/tcon99/papers/noakes.html
  43. 43. Learning in a Mesh Collaborative Cooperative One content Many contents
  44. 44. Interacting in the Network Marc Canter http://blog.broadbandmechanics.com/2008/03/how-to-build-the-mesh-1-id-social-graphs-and-groups
  45. 45. Interactive Content Marc Canter http://blog.broadbandmechanics.com/2008/04/how-to-build-the-mesh-2-persistent-ubiquitous-content
  46. 46. Personal Learning Environments Scott Wilson http://thand.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/futurevle.jpg
  47. 47. Personal Learning Landscape Dave Tosh http://tesl-ej.org/ej34/m1.html
  48. 48. PLE as Functions in Social Media Mohamed Amine Chatti http://mohamedaminechatti.blogspot.com/2007/06/my-plepkm.html
  49. 49. PLE as applications Marianne http://mlxperience.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-personal-learning-environment-model.html
  50. 50. Essentials of Web 2.0
  51. 51. User Generated Content Content Content as object , not subject Photo: Kbaird http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevlar/1152595430/
  52. 52. Syndication Photo: Orin Optiglot http://www.flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/170352038/
  53. 53. Software as a Service AJAX ~ REST ~ WSDL / SOAP etc etc Photo: Peter Renshaw http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/243444537/
  54. 54. Identity Image: Cedric Huesler http://www.flickr.com/photos/keepthebyte/347821691/
  55. 55. Office 2.0 http://www.downes.ca/post/43918
  56. 56. Bookmarking - del-iciou.us
  57. 57. Calendar - Google calendar
  58. 58. Contacts - LinkedIn
  59. 59. CRM - Salesforce
  60. 60. Database - Dabble
  61. 61. Desktop - Google Homepage
  62. 62. Document Management scribd
  63. 63. Email - Google Mail
  64. 64. Feed Reading - Google Reader
  65. 65. Presentation - Zoho Show
  66. 66. Spreadsheets Google Spreadsheet
  67. 67. Weblog - Word Press
  68. 68. Documents - Google Docs
  69. 69. Drawing - Gliffy
  70. 70. Group Management - Ice Core
  71. 71. Mind Mapping - MindMeister
  72. 72. Photo Editor - Picnik
  73. 73. Photo manager - Flickr
  74. 74. Web Conferencing - Vyew
  75. 75. Webcasting - Ustream.tv
  76. 76. - Web 2.0 Applications Are Virtual Worlds - http://www.secretlair.com/index.php?/clickableculture/entry/google_spreadsheet_as_virtual_world/ Multiple users, avatars, user generated content, persistent world…
  77. 77. Their contents are mobile
  78. 78. They belong to the user Photo: occ4m http://www.flickr.com/photos/occam/33233905/
  79. 79. They are shared Photo: Carf http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/1571916042/
  80. 80. The key to community is not doing things for people, but enabling them to do things for themselves
  81. 81. Cooperative Learning
  82. 82. The basic elements critical to cooperative work <ul><li>positive interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>individual accountability </li></ul><ul><li>promotive interaction </li></ul><ul><li>social skills </li></ul><ul><li>collective processing </li></ul>… are the basic elements of virtual worlds… and web 2.0 Johnson, Johnson and Smith http://www.maine.edu/pdf/CooperativeLearning.pdf
  83. 83. Software architecture that supports cooperation
  84. 84. Yahoo Pipes http://pipes.yahoo.com
  85. 85. Google Gears http://gears.google.com/
  86. 86. gRSShopper
  87. 87. gRSShopper Demo
  88. 88. gRSShopper mapping
  89. 89. Changing Community
  90. 90. Community as Connections http://www.edsupport.cc/mguhlin/archives/2008/04/entry_6926.htm
  91. 91. Groups vs Networks http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_downes/252157734/
  92. 92. Diversity Photo: Brandon Shegeta http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandonshigeta/1161603826/
  93. 93. Autonomy Photo: Kenoir http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenturamon/342946821/
  94. 94. Openness
  95. 95. Connectivity <ul><li>Interactivity, Emergence… </li></ul>Photo: Jeff Safi http://www.flickr.com/photos/jef_safi/225426814/
  96. 96. Supporting Educational Communities
  97. 97. The idea of providing services
  98. 98. 19 of the top 20 software applications used by educators are free http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top100.html Jane Hart
  99. 99. The Moodle Experience Photo: Pescosolido Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/peskylibrary/175701858/
  100. 100. Dougiamas… <ul><li>A clear, obvious web site design </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations of the software </li></ul><ul><li>Simple but extensive documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Structured, easy-to-use forums </li></ul><ul><li>A central source code library </li></ul>http://dougiamas.com/writing/edmedia2003/
  101. 101. This is what we could do
  102. 102. There are certainly precedents…
  103. 103. WikiEducator http://www.wikieducator.org/
  104. 104. Connexions http://cnx.org/
  105. 105. European schoolnet http://www.eun.org/
  106. 106. Joint Information Systems Committee - JISC http://www.jisc.ac.uk/ http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/services.aspx
  107. 107. New Media Consortium http://www.nmc.org/services
  108. 108. EdNA
  109. 109. Edublogs http://edublogs.org/
  110. 110. Where are we in Canada and New Brunswick?
  111. 111. We have the talent, the expertise…
  112. 112. Can we see the way forward?
  113. 113. Thank you Stephen Downes http://www.downes.ca

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