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Leadership in a connected age: Change, challenge and productive chaos!

We cannot hold back the forces of change. The 21st century leader recognises that without keeping an eye on the future we may be doomed to remaining a prisoner of the past. With this eye on the future, the agile leader welcomes innovation, embraces change and thrives on chaos. What skills are necessary to survive in the future? What do you need to do today? Trends in knowledge construction, participatory cultures and social networks can give us the blueprint to successful leadership in our connected age. SchoolsTechOZ Conference, 5 September 2014.

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Leadership in a connected age: Change, challenge and productive chaos!

  1. Leadership in a connected age: Change, challenge and productive chaos! Judy O’Connell JUDY O’CONNELL CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY
  2. Knowledge networks & digital innovation
  3. change A printing press for evenly printing ink onto a print medium such as paper or cloth.
  4. challenge The internet is a good thing. Look what happened in 25 years!
  6. Voices of the people
  7. productive chaos The Web at 25 Overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users
  8. what does it really mean for leadership in a connected age?
  9. not just a discussion about selfies digital footprint Robert Cornelius in 1839, believed to be the world's first selfie. Photograph: Library of Congress
  10. not just about what we want to buy
  11. drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after three day search chirp! a plant watering alarm not just a about our technology man accused of murder asked Siri where to hide the body
  12. It’s about what we grow! 12
  13. Douglas Adams! ! “I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:! ! 1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.! ! 2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.! ! 3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by JR_Paris:
  14. Steve Jobs ! ! ! ! ! ! Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
  15. ! Leadership in a connected age embrace change welcome innovation meet the challenges of our global connected future creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by AlicePopkorn: 5
  16. John Seely Brown
  17. We have a digital information ecology which demands a new knowledge flow between content and connections.
  18. “Information absorption is a cultural and social process of engaging with the constantly changing world around us”. p47 Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change (Vol. 219). Lexington, KY: CreateSpace.
  19. “The current learning landscape is constantly changing in terms of what is learned, the context in which learning takes place, and who is learning.”(Paas, 2011, p. 2) ! The following aspects impact on the learner or his/her learning: ! oEvolving needs of learners! oDeveloping knowledge building environments! oFocusing on personalisation! oEvolving spaces for learning oEvolving learning devices or hardware! oEvolving pedagogy Paas, F Van Merrienboer, J and Van Gog, T 2011, ‘Designing instruction for the contemporary learning landscape’, in K R Harris, S Graham & T Urdan (eds.), APA Educational Psychology Handbook: Vol. 3. Application to Learning and Teaching, Washington: American Psychological Association, pp. 335-357, viewed 14 May 2012,
  20. Assessment and teaching of 21C skills ! o Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning o Ways of working. Communication and collaboration o Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy o Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility (ATC21s 2012). ATC21s (Assessment and Teaching of 21st C skills – Melbourne University) 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide.
  21. What more do we really 21 need to know?
  22. The urgent dimensions of learning The mechanisms for engaging with information and processes of learning in the acquisition of new knowledge has become a deeper process of individual and collaborative learning activities, problem solving and artefact development, occurring through an integration of face-to-face and online interactions within a community, involving absorption, integration and systemisation of the information received by the receiver in their own pre-existing cognitive structure, which are the result of personal experience, and earlier knowledge transactions. Trentin, G., (2011). Technology and knowledge flows : the power of networks. Chandos Pub, Oxford.
  23. The urgent dimensions of learning find, fold, bend, shape, make…
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  25. The Fab Lab Network covers more than 40 countries in more than 200 labs in the world. Every Fab Lab is a potential classroom for the Fab Academy.
  26. Makerspace or Fab Lab in your school! Think smarter. Be new. Be creative cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by Pete Prodoehl:
  27. untethered, empowered learning
  28. The great challenge of a digital learning is meeting the connected creative needs of students who have grown up in the digital era, while at the same time meeting the expectations of teachers and parents who haven’t!
  29. information access and sharing creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Ed Yourdon:
  30. learning today requires that teachers understand reading and information seeking in a connected world....
  31. Our students, voracious social media users, may be hiding some of their story, faking perfection through their perfect-only final product. But, there is no “faking out” innovative educators – their teachers. Teachers know that the process of getting there is less than a perfect road and where the learning happens. The imperfect road becomes the strength of the lesson. Edudemic
  32. Measure a 21st century leader?
  33. c. 1970
  34. Pocket-sized moleskin notebook Evernote integrates with FastPencil so you can publish your notes as a Evernote c. 2010 everywhere! book!
  35. “We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past. Longhand multiplication of numbers using paper and pencil is considered a worthy intellectual achievement. Using a mobile phone to multiply is not. ! But to the people who invented it, longhand multiplication was just a convenient technology.” Sugata Mitra is professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, and the winner of the $1m TED Prize 2013. He devised the Hole in the Wall experiment, where a computer was embedded in a wall in a slum in Delhi for children to use freely.
  36. Once the usefulness of simulation models became clear, the Asian Development Bank dropped its opposition to a centuries-old water management practice when Lansing’s computer model of the complex Balinese irrigation system showed the functional role of traditional water temples bore a “close resemblance to computer simulations of optimal solutions” ! Juarrero, A. (2010). Complex dynamical systems theory. Cognitive Edge Network. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by Paul D'Ambra - Australia:
  37. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by colemama:
  38. "Gutenberg Parenthesis”
  39. Eisenstadt (a Gutenberg scholar): the book did not take on its own form until 50 years after it was invented by Gutenberg. Printing was originally called "automatic handwriting." [horseless carriage]
  40. Blueprint for successful leadership! Knowing the trends in knowledge construction and participatory culture.! ! Knowing how to leverage social media.! ! Is the “Gutenberg Parenthesis” a way of understanding the introduction of the flipped classroom and its epistemological conundrums? creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by Atos International:
  41. It’s Monday morning, and as I sit down for my morning cup of tea and toast, I open my iPhone to see what’s in my email, and what items in my calendar will need my attention.
  42. It’s Monday morning, and as I sit down for my morning cup of tea and toast, I open my iPhone to see what’s in my email, and what items in my calendar will need my attention.
  43. In just a couple of minutes of my twitter feed (never mind all the hours I was asleep) I found: • Founders Online – a new online History resources from the US • Information about the new Dr Who episodes I must review! • Google’s efforts to build a system to help eradicate Child Porn on the web • A good post about the new learning organisation • A commentary article from the ABC that asks if Big Data is all that it’s cracked up to be • A post speculating on MOOCs as slowly deflating bubbles • A little piece of historical memorabilia about to happen – last telegram in the world • A new Project Tomorrow research report which confirms that teachers’ unsophisticated use of tech is creating the second level digital divide
  44. Microlearning: hungry for knowledge nuggets Microlearning ticks all the teaching boxes: bite-sized nuggets of content are easy to digest, understand and remember. Often mobile-friendly, visual and sharable, the short bursts of information leave you sufficiently satisfied and likely to come back for more. At the BI Norwegian School of Business, through a number of pilot programmes, they have been adapting fragmented content to mobile devices, finding that the right mix of mobile learning makes courses more engaging and also helps part-time students stay up-to- date.
  45. Project Tomorrow: Empowering opportunities Project Tomorrow
  46. 2014 K-12 Horizon Project Significant challenges in technology adoption:! ! Creating authentic learning opportunities Integrating personalised learning Complex thinking and communication Safety of student data competition from new models of education keeping formal education relevant !
  47. Leadership in a connected age
  48. You could try ..... creative commons licensed (BY-ND) flickr photo by CaparolSverige:
  49. 52 You could try .....
  50. SearchReSearch blog What’s the story with the yellow blotch? You could try .....
  51. What if all Pixar Movies were part of the same the-source/#_ timeline? Or you could try ..... The step-by-step building of the Pixar map is basically show-how-much-you-know fun, the overall effort is perfect training in the research process.
  52. You could try ..... Collection: INF530 Concept & Practices in a Digital Age
  53. Knowledge as a Thing and a Flow read in all contexts and differentiate ! understand creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr photo by hjl:
  54. More content, streams of data, topic structures, (theoretically) better quality - all of these in online environments require an equivalent shift in our online capabilities.
  55. Seek Follow cc licensed flickr photo by assbach: Gather Explore
  56. The way you use a search engine, stream video from your phone, update your Facebook status, edit a wikipedia page, matters to you, to me, and to everyone, because the way people use a new medium in its early years can influence the way that medium is used and misused for centuries to come.
  57. cc licensed flickr photo by Howard▼Gees: rapidly navigate information pathways to construct knowledge
  58. How does search impact the way students think and the way we organise information access? Google creates the illusion of accessibility
  59. Being personalised may be snake oil. ! ..... because your knowledge and my knowledge, based on what search results we are served, may be very different from each other. Siva Vaidhyanathan in The Googlization of Everything, Filter bubble! creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by Je.T.:
  60. How much does Google really know about us, in practical terms, and — more importantly — how much should we care? One interesting place this comes up is at Netflix — the basic math behind the Netflix code tends to be conservative.
  61. Web browsing without prying eyes
  62. The world's first microchip, handmade in 1958 by Jack Kilby. This piece of history won Kilby a Nobel Prize and represents one of the first steps leading to the modern computing era. Come from…
  63. Come to… • Peer critiquing • User-generated content • Collective aggregation • Community formation • Digital personas • Digital Citizenship adding interactivity and connectivity to everyday things
  64. Beyond digital citizenship A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage Make use of ! 10: Verification Tools!
  66. What more do we need to know?
  67. The ‘back-story’ of the digital revolution – digitisation for information storage, retrieval, accessibility, and usage that has changed the face of the digital information ecology in the current era. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Tal Bright:
  68. Lost collection of Andy Warhol art recovered from floppy disks
  69. Doomsday Reloaded
  70. Big Shift in 25 years creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by 144ben:
  71. The Web is not the Internet creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by Ian Muttoo:!
  72. ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) The future
  73. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by dmje:
  74. The semantic web, or web 3.0, is all about data integration. it is an infrastructure technology and an organised approach to metadata cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by Jason A. Samfield:
  75. Web 3.0 really means… existing data reconnected for other and smarter uses
  76. you won’t see a “Web 3.0 inside’ label new functionality that requires web linking, flexible representation, and external access APIs.
  77. The semantic web allows a person or a computer to start off in one database, and then move through an unending set of databases which are connected, not by wires, but by being about the same thing. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by woodleywonderworks:
  78. Rather than just identifying keywords and expressions, the semantic web concentrates on identifying the meaning of content.
  79. It is about common formats and metadata which allow for integration and combination of data drawn from diverse sources.
  80. It is also about language, or ontology, for recording how the linked data relates to real world objects, allowing a ‘machine’ to ‘understand’ the semantic meaning of words.
  81. Whereas traditional library metadata has always been focused on helping humans find and make use of information, linked data ontologies are focused on helping machines find and make use of information. CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY
  82. This uri ‘ authorities/sh85042531’ has now become the globally available, machine and human readable, reliable source for the description for the subject heading of ‘Elephants’ containing links to its related terms (in a way that both machines and humans can navigate).
  83. The internet is the database Ask questions on the web rather than perform searches. The intelligence is in the connections. cc licensed flickr photo by Mykl Roventine:
  84. When you search, you’re not just looking for a webpage.! You’re looking to get answers, understand or explore. Google Knowledge Graph
  85. Google Public Data Explorer
  86. Google Flu Trends
  87. Semantic Search Engines
  88. Semantic Writing
  89. Gapminder fact-based world view ~ use the teacher tools in your classroom
  91. Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. Linked Open Data on the Web. The site currently contains metadata on 3.5 million texts, images, videos and sounds.
  92. MUCH Much more than just BIG DATA and cloud storage!
  93. virtual and physical spaces learning approaches knowledge creation processes
  94. Information Architecture
  95. Making it possible to federate,query, browse gather and recommend information from disparate sources.
  96. ! Think of the Web 3.0 environment as the portable, personal web, focused on the individual, on a life-stream, on consolidating content, and which is powered by widgets, drag & drop, and mashups of user engagement. ! This socially powered web is exploding, and is the new baseline for all our internet and technology empowered interactions.
  97. Your leadership context! .... old questions, new answers Metadata ~ what are the rules of engagement? Schema ~ what about controlled vocabularies? Users ~ what are their access needs Interface ~ how many access points? Data ~ what are the opportunities for user engagement? Media ~ what are the elements of interactivity? Access ~ what can we learn from the semantic web?
  98. Your leadership context! .... what is your discovery interface ! Context aware:! • Points on the curriculum and the interest continuum Access aware:! •Interfaces to support searching and discovery Search aware:! • Natural, predictive, responsive Results aware:! • Multimodal, multi-depository, relevant, filtered How do you stack up?
  99. Your leadership context! .... strategic directions for school libraries New skills New knowledge New metadata New open access New global connections New learning community ! Are you prepared?
  100. At last we have a departure from information, access and artefacts as the focus. In the lens of conversation, artefacts and access are only useful in that they are used to build knowledge through active learning. Lankes, D.R. (2011). The Atlas of New Librarianship. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by blprnt_van:
  101. At last we are connected together in leading and in learning! cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by ancawonka:
  102. …if we draw on expertise for ways of supporting learning in the newly emerging Web 3.0 information ecology
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