Ecoo2009 Keynote

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Keynote for ECOO 2009 at Richmond Hill, Ontario presented by Dr. Alec Couros.

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Ecoo2009 Keynote

  1. 1. Rethinking Teaching & Learning in a Networked Reality Dr. Alec Couros ECOO ’09
  2. 2. #ecoo
  3. 3. Who is this guy?
  4. 4. “Web 2.0 tools that might allow academics to reflect and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and services responsibilities - only if scholars choose to build serious academic lives online, presenting semi-public selves and becoming invested in and connected to the work of their peers and students.” (Greenhow, Robella, & Hughes, 2009)
  5. 5. three crowds
  6. 6. Mario Couros
  7. 7. Twitter in 60 Seconds
  8. 8. Twitter in 60 Seconds
  9. 9. The Way We Were
  10. 10. David Wiley (Brigham Young University) Then vs Now Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating @opencontent Closed Open
  11. 11. David Wiley (Brigham Young University) Education vs Everyday Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating @opencontent Closed Open
  12. 12. “... networked proximity facilitates new kinds of spatially unbound community, and that these emerging forms of sociality are equally or more meaningful than the older ones. Community is thus “liberated”, unhinged from space, and can be maintained regardless of distance” (Mejias, 2007)
  13. 13. Rise of the PLN
  14. 14. trust
  15. 15. easy trust
  16. 16. What are some of the ways that trust must be considered when integrating technology into teaching & learning?
  17. 17. humankind is mostly good
  18. 18. View on Society?
  19. 19. View on Society?
  20. 20. The Web as Random Acts of Kindness (TED Talk) @zittrain • Technical infrastructure of the web. • Wikipedia’s content & form • ‘Hitchhiking’ exists through Internet-facilitated kindness, collaboration, & sharing.
  21. 21. “Some of the comments on Youtube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.” @leverus (Lev Grossman)
  22. 22. The Machine is (Changing) Us (Personal Democracy Forum) • Inspired by McLuhan’s “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” • Youtube & other social media mitigate “connection without constraint”. In many cases this leaves to “tremendously deep communities”. @mwesch
  23. 23. Heroes for our Mediated Culture
  24. 24. “The invention of the alphabet and the resulting intensification of the visual sense in the communication process gave sight priority over hearing, but the effect was so powerful that it went beyond communication through language to reshape literate society’s conception and use of space.” (Gordon re: Mcluhan)
  25. 25. educators need trust
  26. 26. via @mcleod
  27. 27. via @shareski
  28. 28. i can haz internetz
  29. 29. @smartinez
  30. 30. What’s the point? •What do we gain in trusting educators with technology? •What opportunities are lost without this trust? •What credibility is lost when we assume that we have control when in fact we do not? •(How/Where) can we redirect our efforts in positive, meaningful ways?
  31. 31. learners need trust
  32. 32. Living & Learning with Social Media (Penn State address) Teens are not connecting in the ways we fear. But, we need to pay attention to: •Properties: persistence, replicability, searchability, scalability, (de)locatability. •Dynamics: invisible audiences, @zephoria collapsed contexts, blurring of public & private spaces
  33. 33. “Kyle Doyle is not going to work today, f*** it, I’m still trashed SICKIE WOO.” “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
  34. 34. Bassman_Sean (Scotland) • Scottish teen who participates in my open, online grad course. • Creative, motivated, independent, connected, respectful, cognizant and intentional in managing his digital identity. @bassman_sean
  35. 35. networked reality
  36. 36. simple technologies, deep connections
  37. 37. in practice
  38. 38. Grade One - Expert Visits @kathycassidy
  39. 39. Grade Five - Choir on Youtube
  40. 40. Grade Five - Choir on Youtube
  41. 41. Grade Six - Global Connections @zbpipe
  42. 42. Grade Seven/Eight - Class Branding @glassbeed
  43. 43. Grade Seven/Eight - Class Branding @glassbeed
  44. 44. Beaver Country Day School - mashUp
  45. 45. Open Courses
  46. 46. Course Trailers
  47. 47. Course Trailers
  48. 48. Non-Credit Students
  49. 49. Dean Shareski (Prairie South School Division) • Master collaborator aka ‘Lazy Professor’. • Connects preservice teachers to classrooms across the globe. •Focus is on the power @shareski of sharing, and ‘paying forward’.
  50. 50. pay attention to ...
  51. 51. Ubiquity
  52. 52. Real Time Web
  53. 53. RT Search
  54. 54. RT Collaboration
  55. 55. Trusted Groups
  56. 56. New Roles for Educators
  57. 57. Professional Identities
  58. 58. Professional Development Gone Wild!
  59. 59. Thinning Walls Private Public Closed Open
  60. 60. Where are you on this hill?
  61. 61. • Let go
  62. 62. • Let go • Rethink technology
  63. 63. • Let go • Rethink technology • Redefine leadership
  64. 64. • Let go • Rethink technology • Redefine leadership • Understand media
  65. 65. • Let go • Rethink technology • Redefine leadership • Understand media • Knock down walls
  66. 66. • Let go • Rethink technology • Redefine leadership • Understand media • Knock down walls • Expand notions of PD
  67. 67. • Let go • Rethink technology • Redefine leadership • Understand media • Knock down walls • Expand notions of PD • Believe
  68. 68. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros alec.couros@uregina.ca

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