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Keynote presentation for the North East School Division (Saskatchewan) Annual Convention held August 28, 2012. Resources for this presentation available at:

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Taking on the Challenge of 21st Century Teaching & Learning

  1. 1. Taking on the ChallengeOf 21st Century Teaching & LearningDr. Alec CourosNESD Teacher’s Convention 2012August 2012
  2. 2.
  3. 3. me
  4. 4. outline
  5. 5. Taking on the ChallengeOf 21st Century Teaching & LearningDr. Alec CourosNESD Teacher’s Convention 2012August 2012
  6. 6. What’s the Deal with All of this Social Network & TechStuff, What Does It Have to Do With Education, and HowCan I Start To Understand & Use It In My Classroom Dr. Alec Couros NESD Teacher’s Convention 2012 August 2012
  7. 7. Digital Citizenship Digital Identity21st Century Literacies Virtual Communities eLearning
  8. 8. Digital Citizenship Digital Identity21st Century Literacies Virtual Communities eLearning
  9. 9. [twitter] “Blockbuster offers glimpse of movie renting past” [/twitter]
  10. 10. “Napster ... “schooled” users in the social practice of downloading, uploading, & sharing digital content, which, in turn, hascontributed to increased demand for broadband, greater processing power, and mobile media devices.” Source: Pew Internet, 2009[twitter] “The state of music online: Ten years after Napster” [/twitter]
  11. 11. new affordancestools, content, networks
  12. 12. new possibilitesremix, connected learning, activism
  13. 13. where to startcommunication, expression, identity, networks, transparency
  14. 14. new affordances
  15. 15. tools
  16. 16. Source: Pew Internet, 2012[twitter] “Networked Learners” (Presentation) from Pew Internet [/twitter]
  17. 17. Source: Pew Internet, 2012
  18. 18. Source: Pew Internet, 2012
  19. 19. Source:[twitter] “The Mobile Movement” - Slideshare by Google [/twitter]
  20. 20. Political Rallies
  21. 21.
  22. 22. Classrooms
  23. 23. The Subway
  24. 24. JB Concertphotographed byGeorge Couros
  25. 25. Washrooms?[twitter] “Toilet Texting, Bathroom Browsing on the Rise, Study Says” [/twitter]
  26. 26. 2012 Horizon Report - “Mobile devices & apps are increasingly valued as important learning tools in K-12. Once banned from the classroom, mobile devices & apps have become such compelling tools that schools are beginning to rethink standing policies, and some are even beginning to implement “bring your own device” (BYOD) programs.”[twitter] 2012 K12 Horizon Report [/twitter]
  27. 27. Text Text[twitter] “26 Internet Safety Talking Points” from @mcleod [/twitter]
  28. 28. content
  29. 29. [twitter] Search the Commons using CC Search [/twitter]
  30. 30. [twitter] “Massive open online course” from Wikipedia [/twitter]
  31. 31. “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[twitter] “Creating Innovators: Why America’s Education System is Obsolete” [/twitter]
  32. 32. [twitter] “US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google” [/twitter]
  33. 33. networks
  34. 34. Network Literacies • “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (2010)Howard Rheingold
  35. 35. Politics
  36. 36. Text[twitter] Read how social media played a role in Mayor Nenshi’s Campaign [/twitter]
  37. 37. Kindness in Networks[twitter] “Web community photoshops a happy memory” [/twitter]
  38. 38. slide by Dean Shareski
  39. 39. “My best attempt, I only removed the tubing, left colors and levels alone. I am sorry for your loss.”slide by Dean Shareski
  40. 40. “I color corrected the skintones a bit as well.”slide by Dean Shareski
  41. 41. “minor lighting, a 6 x 4 crop for printing in standardsize & removed some of the background. well donefellow redditors !!!!” slide by Dean Shareski
  42. 42. “Fixed the chair”slide by Dean Shareski
  43. 43. “Sorry for the late help. I went for simplicity. Enjoy - and I hope you remember her well.”slide by Dean Shareski
  44. 44. Two Billion Predators
  45. 45. Two Billion Teachers
  46. 46. Two BillionCollaborators
  47. 47. Two Billion Co-learners
  48. 48. Two Billion Mentors
  49. 49. 21st Century Learning Networks
  50. 50. 21st Century Learning Networks[twitter] PLE Diagrams [/twitter]
  51. 51. new possibilities
  52. 52. remix
  53. 53.[twitter] “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture”[/twitter]
  54. 54. [twitter] “Forest Gump in One Minute, One Take” [/twitter]
  55. 55. [twitter] “Obama singing ‘call me maybe” #remix #mashup [/twitter]
  56. 56. [twitter] Kutiman’s ThruYou project - remix at its best[/twitter]
  57. 57. “I’m New” by Kutiman[twitter] From Kutiman’s ThruYou project - I’m new (e.g., of adigital essay?) [/twitter]
  58. 58. [twitter] Scary Mary Poppins Recut Trailer [/twitter]
  59. 59. [twitter] Countdown (Snuggie Version) [Comparison] - YouTube [/twitter]
  60. 60. How long did it take to film and edit? I started in November, but then I had to start from scratch a couple months afterwards, so I spent months and months on it. What’s your background in video editing? I just do it for fun. I’m self-taught. slide by George Couros[twitter] Meet the Guy Behind the Snuggie Version of Beyonces "Countdown" - Popdust [/twitter]
  61. 61. [twitter] Beck’s new ‘album’ to be released as unrecorded sheet music [/twitter]
  62. 62. connected learning
  63. 63. [twitter] Google Chrome - Make It Happen [/twitter]
  64. 64. [twitter] “Example of social learning - ‘help with bowdrill set’” -[/twitter]
  65. 65. [twitter] “Learn How To DANCE - Hip Hop (Time Lapse)” [/twitter]
  66. 66. “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.”
  67. 67. [twitter] Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap [/twitter]
  68. 68. slide by Dean Shareski
  69. 69. activism
  70. 70. [twitter] “Nine-Year-Old Food Blogger Documents Disappointing School Lunches” via@gcouros [/twitter]
  71. 71. [twitter] “Martha Paynes Popularity Serves Scottish School Council Just Desserts” via@gcouros [/twitter
  72. 72. slide by George Couros Martha shows every facet of great learning: real world change, making the environment around her better, sharing her thinking with the world, having a conscious for the world beyond her immediate horizons, and robustness in the face of incredible media and social media pressure.[twitter] “Students can change the world - when we get out of the way” - [/twitter]
  73. 73. Crowdfunding
  74. 74. [twitter] "Viral Philanthropy: The Impact of Crowdsourced Compassion" [/twitter]
  75. 75. how to get started
  76. 76. 1Embrace New Communication Tools (Appropriately)
  77. 77. [twitter] “Louis C.K. Tells Conan Why He Hates Twitter” [/twitter]
  78. 78. “If you can crack the problem of engagement – not just ‘are you paying attention?’, but ‘are you fascinated by this?’ – if you can crack engagement in deep learning then you’ve cracked 21st century schooling.” (Berrill, 2012)[twitter] “The engaging school: A handbook for school leaders” [/twitter]
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  80. 80. 2Experiment With New Forms of Expression
  81. 81. 1 Consume, Create, Remix & Share[twitter] “Kids Snippets: Salesman” [/twitter]
  82. 82. [twitter] “AFI’s Screen Education Handbook” [/twitter]
  83. 83. 3Teach Digital Citizenship/Identity
  84. 84. [twitter] “Google Chrome’s Dear Sophie Ad” [/twitter]
  85. 85. “81% of children under two currently havesome kind of digital dossier or footprint, with images of them posted online.” Across all countries, children reach a “social media maturity” at about age 11. “More than half (51% of 6-9 year olds use some sort of social network (e.g., Webkins, Club Penguin. 58% of parents admit they aren’t well informed about soc. networks.”
  86. 86. Easily Copied Instantly SharedEasily Edited Viewable by Millions
  87. 87. The World is Watching
  88. 88.
  89. 89. photographed by George Couros
  90. 90. [twitter] “The Vision (Our ePortfolio Project)” [/twitter]
  91. 91. 4Connect & Learn Via Social Networks
  92. 92. [twitter] Sask. School Orgs & Educators on Twitter - Add Yours[/twitter]
  93. 93. [twitter] “Some Educational Hashtags” [/twitter]
  94. 94. 5Make Learning Visible
  95. 95. slide by Dean Shareski[twitter] “The Learning Project” [/twitter]
  96. 96. slide by Dean Shareski[twitter] Things To Come: Deans Guitar Lessons [/twitter]
  97. 97. slide by Dean Shareski
  98. 98. [twitter] “PS22 Chorus perform ‘The Fighter’” [/twitter]
  99. 99. [twitter] “PS22 Chorus performs with Gym Class Heroes” [/twitter]
  100. 100. concluding thoughts
  101. 101. (Joichi Ito)[twitter] In an Open-Source Society, Innovating by the Seat of Our Pants[/twitter]
  102. 102. “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)[twitter] “Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism” [/twitter]
  103. 103. [twitter] “4th Grade Girl’s First Ski Jump” [/twitter]
  104. 104. “Meaningful change ain’t gonna happen for our kids if we’re not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. At the heart, it’s not about schools…it’s about us.” - Will Richardson From:[twitter] “No Quick Fix” [/twitter]
  105. 105. “Don’t limit a child to yourown learning, for he was born in another time.” ~Tagore @courosa
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Keynote presentation for the North East School Division (Saskatchewan) Annual Convention held August 28, 2012. Resources for this presentation available at:


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