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Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning



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Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning

  1. Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning Dr. Alec Couros 2009 Summer Faculty Institute at the University of Delaware June 5, 2009
  2. @courosa
  3. Who is this guy?
  4. Open Courses
  5. Knowledge
  6. Knowledge & Computing
  7. Shifts in Edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  8. Key Questions • 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?
  9. 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
  10. Influences
  11. Available Tools
  12. open content, access, Accessible Knowledge publication, accreditation how we view learning - institutional & informal
  13. Social Reading
  14. Toward Web 3.0
  15. Social Networks
  16. Social Networks • redefine communities, friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. • enable learning, communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. • networks formed around shared interests & objects.
  17. Human Network
  18. Netbooks - 1:1
  19. Microblogging
  20. Nearly Now
  21. Personal Learning Networks
  22. Daily Connections
  23. My Blog, My Hub
  24. Photo Sharing
  25. Video Sharing
  26. Musical Connections
  27. Spontaneous PD
  28. Social Network Services
  29. Slide Decks
  30. Copyleft
  31. Media Literacy
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Spread of Media
  35. Viral Videos
  36. Sociality
  37. Disruptive Forms
  38. Surveillance Society
  39. In Practice
  40. Grade One - Expert Visits
  41. Grade Five - Choir on Youtube
  42. Grade Seven/Eight - Classroom Studio
  43. High School Math - Scribe Posts
  44. University History - Twitter
  45. Virtual Office Hours
  46. Mindsets, Skills, Perspectives
  47. lightbulb vs. ipod Understanding Media
  48. Impact of Learning Environment
  49. Small Tools, Loosely Joined
  50. Open Invitations
  51. Distributed Conversations
  52. Sharing by Default
  53. Expert Visits
  54. Support Private Public Closed Open
  55. Professional Learning
  56. New Roles for Educators
  57. Community asIdentities Digital Curriculum
  58. Outreach
  59. sustained community Benefits transformative experiences gained technical skills media literacies move toward openness empathy toward new literacies greater community
  60. “I was able to go out and learn throughout the entire week, the entire year, and I’m still learning with everyone.” “The best part of the course is that it’s not ending. With the connections we’ve built, it never has to end.”
  61. “The course ... has been the most profound pd experience I’ve ever had. It forced me to critique & review my practice. I never knew how important social networks were. Now, I couldn’t be a teacher without being connected. It’s drastically changed my view of education.”
  62. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: twitter: courosa google: couros