The Actors:New Media Experts and Old Pedagogues? D r A l b i n Wa l l a c e Executive Director of Research and Development
“The Education Fellowship (TEF) was founded bySir Ewan Harper CBE and Johnson Kane todeliver an excellent education to children of allbackgrounds. We aim to create excellence inevery area: an excellence flowing from ourunderlying ethos and values. An ethos that„goes beyond the expected‟ and which isbased on unremitting service to young people.”
How is the role of educators being affected bysocial media?How can educators be authentic models for(so-called) “digital natives”?What skills do they need?How can they be supported by their institutions?Is it all individual commitment?
Do your students have smart phones?Do they engage in online gaming?Do they participate in an online social network?
There is increasing technological divergence between institutions and individuals Institution Individual
Does this mean that students know everythingand we know nothing?
Paul Howard-Jones: Neuroscience “internet use can be problematic when itregularly interferes with normal daily living and is difficult to control”
“excessive use of computers/internetaccess/gaming interferes with psychosocialwellbeing, attentional and vision problems”
Sherry Turkle: Social Media“…it is an illusion that technology will give us control”
…”there is no intimacy or democracy without privacy”
“…the more you multitask, the worse you perform”
“…in solitude, there are new pretended intimacies”
“…we use Facebook to bail and go to somewhere easier”
Eli Pariser: The Filter Bubble“Filters based on simplification (e.g. „like‟ button) meansinformation junk food can appear to be the only option on offer.”
“The fact that like is the only choice on Facebook creates a distortion problem - we dont like everything we think is important”
"We love to be right. This is why sites want to serveyou more tailored content. It makes you feel right more often.”
"You dont necessarily choose what gets into your filter bubble, the algorithms choose for you"
Ofsted: Managing Risk “Institutions should manage the transition fromlocked-down systems to more managed systems to help students learn how to manage risk”.
Stephen Carrick-Davies“For most young people, the primary gateway to the internet is now their mobile phone”
Increasing focus on the intellectual, creative, social, emotional and ethical use of technologies.
Bring students‟ online personal, ethical andsocial behaviours in line with their perceived technical skills.
Diana Laurillard“This is not rocket science. It is far more complicated than that.”
Things that are changingDiversityTablets, PCs, netbooks, smart phones, other hand-held devicesConsistencyAgnostic platforms24/7Get-what-you-want-when-you-need-itMobile and PersonalBring-your-own-deviceOnlinePut-it-in and get-it-from the CloudEducationEmpowered, discerning, intelligent users
Inexpensive networked, portable, personaldevices……including the ones they bring inAn institutional response is needed butacknowledge spontaneity, chaos, privacy, affinityspaces, communities of practice
We still have a role in ensuring… Educational quality assurance, Evidence-based research, Continuous professional development, Justification in terms of learning outcomes Institutional response to social media
Dr Albin Wallacealbinwallace@educationfellowship.net www.educationfellowship.net @albinwallace aewallace.wordpress.com