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Conquering the Myths of Social Media


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Slides from a keynote presentation given at the Digital Learning Spring Conference in Vancouver BC, April 18, 2011.

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Conquering the Myths of Social Media

  1. 1. Conquering the Myths ofSocial Media & Learning George & Alec Couros Digital Learning Spring Conference April 18, 2011 Vancouver, BC
  2. 2. #edtechbc
  3. 3. introduction
  4. 4. context
  5. 5. ChangesEarly Day of PC in Schools Todayʼs Social/Mobile Reality
  6. 6. David Wiley Then vs Now Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating@opencontent Closed Open
  7. 7. David Wiley Education vs Everyday Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating@opencontent Closed Open
  8. 8. Informal Learning • “Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” •George Siemens
  9. 9. this is not about technology
  10. 10. "You dont lead by pointing andtelling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." ~ Ken Kesey
  11. 11. our shared myths
  12. 12. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content forthe new environment.The effects of mediacome from their form not their content.
  13. 13. Pier 21, 1958
  14. 14. Dad
  15. 15. networks• redefine communities, friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography.• enable learning, communication, sharing, collaboration, community.• networks form around shared interests & objects.
  16. 16.
  17. 17. Justin Bieber
  18. 18. Amanda Hocking
  19. 19. Maria Aragon
  20. 20. Rebecca Black
  21. 21. Best Job in the World
  22. 22. On Digital Video • “Ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending videoStephen Downes communication today.
  23. 23. The greatest digital divide is between those who can read and write with media, and those who cant. Elizabeth Dalycc licensed flickr photo by jayRaz: 38
  24. 24. From: smieyetracking/5546549150/
  25. 25. From: vagawi/3155400274/
  26. 26. Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office
  27. 27. Blogging vs. Journals
  28. 28. Twitter vs. Google
  29. 29. Students Leading the Way
  30. 30. Learning from each othercreates more opportunities
  31. 31. Connections
  32. 32. Why Do Students Go to University? Content Degrees Social Life Support Services (Wiley, 2010)
  33. 33. Why Do Students Go to University? PLoS GCTWikipedia MCSE Google Scholar ACT OCW Content DegreesFlatworld K CNE CCNA Open Courses Facebook Twitter Skype Social Life Support Services MySpace Yahoo! Answers MMOGs Quora ChaCha (Wiley, 2010)
  34. 34. It comes back to this... Focus on Relationships
  35. 35. ...and sometimes we just reach out because we can.
  36. 36. We have to allow our studentsto create their own content.
  37. 37. Identity Day
  38. 38. Identity Day “Your post about the Identity Fairheld at your school was exactly the type of activity I thought wouldhelp accomplish my overall goal of being proactive against bullying.
  39. 39. Identity Day
  40. 40. conclusion
  41. 41. Let Go Of Control
  42. 42. 21st Century Learning• “What happens to traditional concepts of classrooms and teaching when we can now learn anything, anywhere, anytime?” Will Richardson
  43. 43. Create a Culture of Sharing
  44. 44. Private PublicClosed Open
  45. 45. Real Learning
  46. 46. Learning Side-bySide
  47. 47. http://georgecouros.ca
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  49. 49. Relationships George
  50. 50. “We need to move beyond the idea that education is something that is provided for us, andtoward the idea that an education is something that we create ourselves.” (Downes, 2010)
  51. 51. Thank You forLearning with Us Alec George @courosa @gcouros