networked possibilities
  alec couros - siast - september 2008
I am part of all that I have met.
	 	 	 	 	 	 tennyson (1842)
old world networks
   and new social affordances
object centred sociality
      what is your social connector?
network visualizations
       illuminate our connections
technical affordances
       expand our possibilities
personal         engagement        connectivism

  immersion    multiliteracies   experiential

        access        soci...
Shifts In ET




(Leionen, 2005)
Shifts In ET




  Objectivism
            Cognitivism
                          Constructivism
(Schwier, 2007)           ...
Shifts In ET
                               Group growth
  Individual growth




  Objectivism
            Cognitivism
   ...
typical teacher network
(Couros, 2006)
the networked teacher
(Couros, 2006)
Access to
high quality
multimedia.
‣Google    Video, Youtube, Blip.tv,
Viddler.
‣Archive.org,
            Creative
Commons...
Easy publication
to a wide
audience.
‣Blogger,   Wordpress, Edublogs.
‣Wikispaces,   PBWiki, Wet Paint.
‣Google    Video, ...
Choice of
content
licenses.
‣Full   Copyright
‣Copyleft    and Public Domain
‣Creative  Commons (share alike,
attribution,...
Greater access
to tools and
connectivity.
‣Free and open source software,
greater bandwidth, wireless
access, free service...
Instantaneous
connections to
people.
‣Instantmessaging and video
conferencing.
‣Existingsocial networks or
create your own...
Tools for debate,
challenge, and
engagement.
‣Access  to text and multimedia
publication allows individuals to
read, creat...
Sharing of and
creating new
culture.
‣The   World is Flat (Friedman).
‣A number of flat classroom
projects been initiated t...
Simulations and
3D virtual
environments.
‣Second   Life, Edusim, and other
3D environments allow for the
exploration of si...
Time/Place
Shifted Personal
Learning
‣Tools exist today for individuals
to learn outside of the constraints
of time and pl...
Giving Voice
and Creating
Audience
‣Individuals are using the tools of
the Internet to (re)claim their
voices, find a niche...
Potential for
Mobile Learning
‣Mobile technologies are
becoming more sophisticated,
allowing more capacity and
bandwidth.
...
Specialized
Search and
Analysis
‣New   search mechanisms have
evolved to help uncover patterns
in the expanse of informati...
Check
these out ...	
Current to future understanding
of technology in the teaching,
learning, and in general society.
Blog
	   	 Wiki
	   	 	 Tweet
	   	 	 	 Connect
	   	 	 	 	 Gather
	   	 	 	 	 	 Synthesize
	   	 	 	 	 	 	 Personalize
	 ...
case of eci831
 open, connected, social
participants
grad students
assistants
guests
anyone
format
synchronous
wiki portal
blogging
google groups
other tools
tagging
synchronous sessions
open or free tools worked best
activities
guests
hands-on sessions
student-driven topics
collaborative wiki
personal projects
blogging
experimentation
second life
immersion
al upton and censorship
currency
feedback
students
outsiders
via. multimedia
voicethread
perspective of participants
mindmap
the big picture
Implications and cautions
for teaching and learning?
Beware the “Creepy
Treehouse”
“Any institutionally-created, operated, or
    controlled environment in which participants are
    lured in either by mim...
“Education ... has produced a vast
population able to read but unable
   to distinguish what is worth
     reading, an eas...
Contact:

   alec.couros@uregina.ca

http://educationaltechnology.ca

      skype: aleccouros

   twitter/delicious: couro...
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  1. 1. networked possibilities alec couros - siast - september 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. object centred sociality what is your social connector?
  5. 5. network visualizations illuminate our connections
  6. 6. technical affordances expand our possibilities
  7. 7. personal engagement connectivism immersion multiliteracies experiential access social learning web 2.0 sharing democratic media creativity influences conversations authenticity open copyleft constructivism collaborative freedom small tools, collective constructionism loosely joined student-centred transparency
  8. 8. Shifts In ET (Leionen, 2005)
  9. 9. Shifts In ET Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Schwier, 2007) Social Learning
  10. 10. Shifts In ET Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Schwier, 2007) Social Learning
  11. 11. typical teacher network (Couros, 2006)
  12. 12. the networked teacher (Couros, 2006)
  13. 13. Access to high quality multimedia. ‣Google Video, Youtube, Blip.tv, Viddler. ‣Archive.org, Creative Commons, OER Commons, CCMixter, United Streaming, TED Talks. ‣Ustream, Seesmic, Stickam. ‣Skype,iChat, WizIQ, Elluminate, Adobe Connect.
  14. 14. Easy publication to a wide audience. ‣Blogger, Wordpress, Edublogs. ‣Wikispaces, PBWiki, Wet Paint. ‣Google Video, Youtube, Blip.tv, Viddler. ‣Ustream, Seesmic, Stickam. ‣Lulu, Scribd, Creative Commons
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. Instantaneous connections to people. ‣Instantmessaging and video conferencing. ‣Existingsocial networks or create your own. ‣Web conferencing tools. ‣Presence notification and microblogging. ‣txting
  18. 18. 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)
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. 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.
  25. 25. Check these out ... Current to future understanding of technology in the teaching, learning, and in general society.
  26. 26. Blog Wiki Tweet Connect Gather Synthesize Personalize Create Remix Share Repeat
  27. 27. case of eci831 open, connected, social
  28. 28. participants grad students assistants guests anyone
  29. 29. format synchronous wiki portal blogging google groups other tools tagging
  30. 30. synchronous sessions open or free tools worked best
  31. 31. activities guests hands-on sessions student-driven topics collaborative wiki personal projects blogging experimentation
  32. 32. second life immersion
  33. 33. al upton and censorship currency
  34. 34. feedback students outsiders via. multimedia
  35. 35. voicethread perspective of participants
  36. 36. mindmap the big picture
  37. 37. Implications and cautions for teaching and learning?
  38. 38. Beware the “Creepy Treehouse”
  39. 39. “Any institutionally-created, operated, or controlled environment in which participants are lured in either by mimicking pre-existing open or naturally formed environment, or by force, through a system of punishments or rewards.” ~ Jared Stein Beware the “Creepy Treehouse”
  40. 40. “Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.” ~Trevelyan (1942)
  41. 41. Contact: alec.couros@uregina.ca http://educationaltechnology.ca skype: aleccouros twitter/delicious: courosa

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