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Networked Possibilities


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Presentation for MICDS in St. Louis, by Dr. Alec Couros

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Networked Possibilities

  1. 1. networked possibilities alec couros - micds - may 2008
  2. 2. I am part of all that I have met. tennyson (1842)
  3. 3. old world networks and new social affordances
  4. 4. network visualizations illuminate our connections
  5. 5. technical affordances expand our possibilities
  6. 6. open thinking engagement connectivism immersion multiliteracies experiential access social learning web 2.0 sharing democratic media creativity influences conversations copyleft authenticity open collaborative constructivism freedom small tools, collective constructionism loosely joined student-centred transparency
  7. 7. Access to high quality multimedia. ‣Google Video, Youtube,, Viddler. ‣, Creative Commons, CCMixter, United Streaming, TED Talks. ‣Ustream, Seesmic, Stickam. ‣Skype,iChat, WizIQ, Elluminate, Adobe Connect.
  8. 8. Easy publication to a wide audience. ‣Blogger, Wordpress, Edublogs. ‣Wikispaces, PBWiki, Wet Paint. ‣Google Video, Youtube,, Viddler. ‣Ustream, Seesmic, Stickam. ‣Lulu, Scribd, Creative Commons
  9. 9. Choice of content licenses. ‣Full Copyright ‣Copyleft and Public Domain ‣Creative Commons (share alike, attribution, non commercial) ‣Against DRM ‣Practical Modifiability ‣Related Rights ‣Access Control Prohibition
  10. 10. Greater access to tools and connectivity. ‣Free and open source software, greater bandwidth, wireless access, free services, and reduced hardware costs have contributed to greater access.
  11. 11. Instantaneous connections to people. ‣Instantmessaging and video conferencing. ‣Existingsocial networks or create your own. ‣Web conferencing tools. ‣Presence notification and microblogging. ‣txting
  12. 12. Tools for debate, challenge, and engagement. ‣Access to text and multimedia publication allows individuals to read, create, remix, mashup, and respond to cultural, political, and economic events. ‣Mainstream media is attempting to respond to democratic media by creating feedback mechanisms (e.g., surveys, contests, interaction)
  13. 13. Sharing of and creating new culture. ‣The World is Flat (Friedman). ‣A number of flat classroom projects been initiated to make classroom walls transparent, while bridging communication among students. ‣Tools necessary exist and are relatively easy to use. Practice is the most difficult to change.
  14. 14. Simulations and 3D virtual environments. ‣Second Life, Edusim, and other 3D environments allow for the exploration of simulated worlds. ‣Individuals can communicate and collaborate with each other, and interact with objects in each virtual world.
  15. 15. Time/Place Shifted Personal Learning ‣Tools exist today for individuals to learn outside of the constraints of time and place. ‣Through RSS tools and tagging, individuals can aggregate personally relevant information. ‣Availability of laptops, wifi, and unfettered access is especially important for this transformation.
  16. 16. Giving Voice and Creating Audience ‣Individuals are using the tools of the Internet to (re)claim their voices, find a niche, and build audiences/markets that never existed. ‣Analysisand critique of types of these phenomena include: Cult of the Amateur, The Long Tail, and Here Comes Everybody.
  17. 17. Potential for Mobile Learning ‣Mobile technologies are becoming more sophisticated, allowing more capacity and bandwidth. ‣The Apple iPhone and Nokia N95 have pushed the boundaries of smart phones. ‣Handheld devices will soon bridge the gap through Internet telephony.
  18. 18. Specialized Search and Analysis ‣New search mechanisms have evolved to help uncover patterns in the expanse of information. ‣Search visualization, natural language processing, personalization, custom searches, vertical search, social input, human input, and semantic search are some of the developing areas.
  19. 19. case of eci831 open, connected, social
  20. 20. Check these out ... Current to future understanding of technology in the teaching, learning, and in general society.
  21. 21. Blog Wiki Tweet Connect Gather Synthesize Personalize Create Remix Share Repeat
  22. 22. Implications for teaching and learning?
  23. 23. Are you connected?
  24. 24. Contact: skype: aleccouros twitter/delicious: courosa