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A Tweet and a Poke: How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks


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Keynote presentation for Camosun College's Walls Optional Conference by Dr. Alec Couros, May 1st, 2009, in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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A Tweet and a Poke: How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks

  1. A Tweet and a Poke How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks Walls Optional Camosun College May 1, 2009 Dr. Alec Couros
  2. #wallsoptional
  3. who is this guy?
  4. Shifts in Edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism Social Learning (Leinonen) (Schwier)
  5. journey
  6. knowledge what is k? • how is k acquired? • how do we know what • we know? why do we know what • we know? what do humans know? • who controls k? • how is k controlled? •
  7. assumptions re: school knowledge is scarce • access can be controlled • boundaries make sense • expertise rests only in individuals • learning can be managed • change is slow • institutions can rest on reputation • we can predict the future • is the best way to learn •
  8. reactions: forms of openness open education free software open source software open educational resources open content open access publication open access courses open teaching open accreditation
  9. how are creative works produced and shared? cathedral vs. the bazaar
  10. how we view knowledge and creative works copyright/copyleft/commons
  11. open content, access, publication, accreditation how we view learning - institutional & informal
  12. access we have to free or inexpensive tools
  13. Rocky Mountain News 1859 - 2009
  14. social networks redefine communities, • friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. enable learning, • communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. networks formed around • shared interests & objects.
  15. lightbulb vs. ipod
  16. human networks
  17. netbooks & 1:1
  18. microblogging
  19. Google/Twitter Greasemonkey script
  20. geotagging
  21. streaming video
  22. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content for the new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content.
  23. cornflakes or cadillacs
  24. media literacy Accessing, analyzing, • evaluating, and creating messages in a variety of forms. • Enable skillful creators, consumers, and disseminators of media. • Facilitate an understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and influences of media forms.
  25. how ideas spread
  26. cautions Soulja Boy
  27. cautions new challenges
  28. affordances new motivations
  29. new forms
  30. re/think: toward open & networked learning
  31. content
  32. privacy
  33. toward open educational experiences
  34. interaction
  35. social architecture
  36. transparency
  37. professional learning
  38. I can haz pln adapt
  39. connecting become a learner (again) • experiment with the tools • learn to read new media • explore online communities • participate in web and f2f events • be critical, but open-minded • it begins with a single • connection, but you will be embraced by the network
  40. advantages greater access • currency & adaptability • improved economics • adaptive pedagogy • preserved knowledge • greater diversity of voice • sustainable communities • transparency for critique • long-term connections •
  41. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: twitter: courosa google: couros
  42. Videos: Barcelona 1908 Open Doctrine Cisco Telepresence Anthro Intro to Youtube Mother of All Funk Chords EC&I 831 Course Trailer Tweenbots Related Flickr Set Available This presentation is released under a CC-AT/ NC/SA license. Contact me if you’d like the original slide deck in Keynote format.