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Trends in Tech & Society

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Brief presentation I gave for Brandon University

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Trends in Tech & Society

  1. 1. Conversation Points: Trends in Technology & Society Dr. Alec Couros University of Regina
  2. 2. me
  3. 3. The Blur
  4. 4. “Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflect and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and service responsibilities - only if scholars choose to build serious academic lives online, presenting semi-public selves and becoming invested in and connected to the work of their peers and students.” (Greenhow, Robella, & Hughes, 2009)
  5. 5. context
  6. 6. enablers
  7. 7. Social Tools http://www.flickr.com/photos/9119028@N05/591163479/
  8. 8. @jonmott
  9. 9. Free/Open Content
  10. 10. Access
  11. 11. Age of Networks http://www.flowtown.com/blog/the-2010-social-networking-map
  12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/2699829038/sizes/l/
  13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/2699829038/sizes/l/
  14. 14. quick stats (2009) • 90 trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email users • 234 million websites • 1.73 billion Internet users • 126 millions blogs • 350 million Facebook users • 4 billion images on Flickr • 1 billion Youtube videos served daily. Stats as of Jan 22/10 via Royal Pingdom
  15. 15. affordances
  16. 16. Networked Learning
  17. 17. Personalization
  18. 18. Shifting Roles
  19. 19. Private Public Closed Open
  20. 20. practice
  21. 21. “Understanding how networks work is one of the most important literacies of the 21st century.” (Rheingold, 2010)
  22. 22. real time collaboration
  23. 23. Guiding Principles • Open access, low-cost. • Rethink space/interaction (walled gardens, open spaces) • Learning spaces controlled and/or owned by students. • Tagging, aggregation, & other info literacies. • Advocacy/integration/use/creation of/for FOSS & open content wherever possible & when beneficial to learning. • Pedagogy focused more on connecting & interactions; content important, but secondary. • Development of sustainable, long-term, learning connections.
  24. 24. location of mentors
  25. 25. “The course ... has been the most profound pd experience Iʼve ever had. It forced me to critique & review my practice. I never knew how important social networks were. Now, I couldnʼt be a teacher without being connected. Itʼs drastically changed my view of education.”
  26. 26. moving forward
  27. 27. “We need to move beyond the idea that education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create ourselves.” (Downes, 2010)
  28. 28. web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros couros@gmail.com

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