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Power of Networks


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Slidedeck from my keynote presentation at the IT Summit in Saskatoon, SK, on May 7, 2012.

Power of Networks

  1. 1. The Power of NetworksAnd Why It Matters to Education Dr. Alec Couros Saskatchewan IT Summit 2012 Saskatoon, SK May 7, 2012
  2. 2. #itsummit12
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. Who Am I?
  5. 5. The Blur
  6. 6. memories of media past
  7. 7. Gaming
  8. 8. Multi-Player
  9. 9. Piracy
  10. 10. Adaptation
  11. 11. Personalization
  12. 12. Troubleshooting
  13. 13. Mobile
  14. 14. Edtech
  15. 15. Web 1.0
  16. 16. changes in media
  17. 17. “55. New Kids have always been known as NKOTB. “1. There has always been an Internet ramp on the Information Highway” “57. They’ve often broken up with significant others via texting, Facebook, or Myspace.”
  18. 18. mobile
  19. 19. Early Day of PC in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
  20. 20. tools
  21. 21. content
  22. 22. “60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second.” “Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day.”“Over 800 million unique users visit Youtube every month.” “More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month that the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.”
  23. 23. Free/Open Content “describes any kind of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, notexclusively by a closed organization, firm, or individual.” (Wikipedia)
  24. 24. “Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water... There’s no competitive advantage in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” (2012)@drtonywagner
  25. 25.
  26. 26. “... age is not a determining factor instudents’ digital lives; rather, their familiarityand experience using ICTs is more relevant.” “... the notion of ‘digital natives’ is inaccurate: those with such attributes are effectively a digital elite. Instead of a new net generation growing up to replace an older analogue generation, there is a deepening digital divide ... characterized not by age but by access and opportunity.”
  27. 27. from ...
  28. 28. to ...
  29. 29. literacy
  30. 30. info/media literacy (digital) identity network literacy
  31. 31. info/media literacy
  32. 32. memes“The gene has it’s cultural analog too: the meme. In cultural evolution, a meme is a replicator and propagator - an idea, a fashion, a chain letter, or a conspiracy theory. On a bad day, a meme is a virus” Lowenstein, 1999
  33. 33.
  34. 34. “...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Westerngovernments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot gettheir heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one is, someone is watching and recording.” Zack Whitaker
  35. 35. what does it mean when you like something?
  36. 36. (digital) identity
  37. 37. “The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.” “In Canada, US, UK, France Italy, Germany & Spain ... 81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”
  38. 38.
  39. 39. network literacy
  40. 40. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  41. 41. Politics
  42. 42. Service Data
  43. 43. Crowdsourcing
  44. 44. @dlnorman
  45. 45. @giuliaforsythe
  46. 46. @noiseprofessor @noiseprofessor
  47. 47. @noiseprofessor
  48. 48. @timlauer
  49. 49. Remix
  50. 50. social learning
  51. 51. 21st Century Learning Networks
  52. 52. 21st Century Learning Networks
  53. 53. #skteachers
  54. 54. #edchat
  55. 55. #comments4kids
  56. 56. Techno-Social Affordances• How does ‘digital’ (instant, shareable, replicable, findable, remixable, networked, open) reshape teaching & learning?• What does it mean to be connected (locally, globally)?• Who are my teachers? Who are my students?
  57. 57. learning in the open
  58. 58. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.” “10 years ago, street dance was very exclusive, especially rare dances like popping (the one I teach and do). You either had to learn it from a friend that knew it or get VHS tapes which were hard to get. Now with Youtube, anyone, anywhere in the world can learn previously ‘exclusive’ dance styles.”
  59. 59. Matt KirkNick
  60. 60. Thinning WallsPrivate PublicClosed Open
  61. 61. how are you making learning visible?
  62. 62. how are you contributing to the learning of others?
  63. 63. conclusion
  64. 64. “The developed world is in the midst of a paradigm shift both in the ways in which people and institutions are connected. It is a shift from being bound up in homogenous “little boxes” to surfing life through diffuse, variegated@barrywellman social networks.” (2002)
  65. 65. fixed to place fixed to person
  66. 66. “The person hasbecome the portal.” Wellman (2002)
  67. 67. how do we get there when ...
  68. 68. What We Need Now• Remove blocks, increase bandwidth, implement BYOD.• Foster a culture of sharing across our province - both through infrastructure & mindset.• Plan, develop & support provincial digital fluency strategy - citizenship, identity, portfolios, sharing.• Support our admins, teachers, learners & communities through this transition.
  69. 69. Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore @courosa