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  • [twitter]Just started my presentation at ICT in Classroom conference, looking for some participation shortly [/twitter]
  • It is becoming apparent that we are at the beginning of a fundamental shift in the way that both learning and working is happening. This should not be seen as a threat to educators, but as an opportunity  to take on the new challenges it offers. The first step will be to understand the changes that are taking place, and then become immersed in the new social media tools that are underpinning this change in order to work smarter as well as help your students learn smarter
  • What are they doing – how are they acting – what can we learn from them
  • Challenging old models of teaching - Classroom needs to become a more engaging and relevant place – for learners of todayBuild on this social and collaborative approach to learning into the classroom – the desire for individuals to work togetherNo longer about the broadcast model of teaching – “sage on the stage” which is often ineffective – filling heads with INFORMATION is no longer necessary – 21st century skills are more about critical analysis of that information and applying that information. And becoming the “guide on the side”It#s about using the technologies where appropriate It’s moving from “I teach” model of learning “we learning” What are these
  • Using the tools to be able to do this more POWERFULLY than we have done before.Devices like iPads or social media tools
  • Not usual suspectsMostly Free – online – and social
  • 1- Consumerization of IT- using their own social media tools and personal devices (like iPods, iPhones and iPads) – often enterprise systems not functional enough personal devices like iPods, iPhones and iPads are also on the increase as “learning devices”, as it is also much easier to access the online tools on these devices rather than on enterprise PCs, which are often configured not to allow users to install their own software or else because access to certain online tools is actually banned in the organisation.2 – Merging of personal, learning and working toolsnot “dedicated” learning tools ; and this would be fair comment again this year. However, this should be seen as a strength rather than a weakness. Learning professionals also exploiting the tools that they and their learners are using on a daily basis (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) as they often feel it is more appropriate to take the learning to the learners, rather than force the learners to come to the learning – all too often hosted on unpopular, and as I have stated earlier, not very user-friendly enterprise systems3- Individuals are doing their own thingBoth for designing and/or delivering r education for formal learners, but also by many for their own personal learning. Where do you go to find answers to their questions or solve problems, they are using tools like Google, Wikipedia or YouTube, or simply posting questions to their networks on Twitter or Facebook in order to get immediate, up-to-date and relevant answers.
  • How many of you are on Twitter?How many of you use Twitter in the classroom?Let me know what you do in the backchannel – we’ll come back to that later
  • LivecamLive conversation around a live feedThis is an example of an imprompu live feed one afternoon a couple of years ago
  • WORKING SMARTERUse for professionaldeve
  • The key to Twitter is who you follow - Building a PLN (Naomi)Too much irrelevance – unfollowToo much information – filters – curation servicesPKM skills
  • It’s now used as a way in conferences to provide a backchannel – so that the audience can keep involvedWhat has Twitter done for you?
  • [twitter] How has Twitter helped you with your own professional development? [/twitter]I’ve even used it in a workshop – where we used it as a way of recording our thoughts – that’s Amanda on the left – she’s using her mobile phone.I wanted to show you how to use it in action, so yesterday I put out this tweetBut what about it’s use in the classroom …
  • Pictures shared by participants
  • I produced Tweetdoc as record
  • I reflectedParticipating – sharing – reflecting – in different ways Using the tools - videos /audiobooRich resourceIn a much wider space – inside and outside the event
  • Thinking differently about profdeve – will feed back into classroom practice
  • No heres another one that I’ve set up This is a focused discussion in a private enterprise tool – called Yammer – over 100,000 organisations are using Yammer internally – a Yammer network can be set up by anybody in the organisation I have one running for my own company, But this is an external community that means others can joinOver 700 people now in the few months – social media for organizations – some very deep conversationsBut I really liked what one person had to say about it ..
  • SchoolNetSA Opening Keynote

    1. Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social MediaJane HartKeynote PresentationSchoolNetConference,South Africa5 July 2011<br />
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    3. Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social Media<br />Thinking differently as a teacher<br />Thinking differently about professional development<br />AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION<br />
    4. 6<br />
    5. Thinking differently as a teacher<br />7<br />
    6. Source: Audrey Watters<br />
    7. Top 100Tools for Learning 2010<br />List compiled from the Top 10 Tools contributions of 545learning professionals worldwide<br />
    8. Consumerization of IT<br />Merging of personal, learning and working tools<br />Teachers are doing“their own thing”<br />Some teachers are already doing things differently<br />
    9. Jane’s Pick of Learning Tools10 Tools for the Classroom(for different ages and different purposes)<br />
    10. How do you use Twitter in the classroom?<br />
    11. #1 - Gather real-world data<br />___________________________________<br />Put a shout out to your Twitter network for them to tell you (and your students) something.<br />This could be:<br /><ul><li>Location (e.g. for Geography)
    12. Temperature (e.g. for Science)
    13. An interesting historical fact
    14. Their opinion about something
    15. Anything, really! </li></ul>This makes learning based on up-to-date information and real people (with a real story behind it!)<br />Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw)<br />
    16. #2 -Monitor / GeoTag the "Buzzwords"<br />___________________________<br /> First...Use<br /><ul><li>Type in a keyword ("communism", "appeasement", "poverty" - whatever)
    17. Then watch the results come pouring in using twitterfall!</li></ul>Then...use<br /><ul><li> allows you to GeoTag users and their posts
    18. You therefore get an idea of where certain topics are being discussed most...</li></ul> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Russel Tarr (@russeltarr)<br />
    19. Thinking differently ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT<br />23<br />
    20. IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY<br />FINDING & USING CONTENT<br />Finding content <br />Personal productivity<br />Teamproductivity<br />Keeping up to date with new content <br />30 ways to use social media to work and learn smarter<br />Sharing links, resources & ideas<br />Co-creating content <br />JOINING & BUILDING NETWORKS & COMMUNITIES<br />CREATING & SHARINGCONTENT<br />
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    22. 30<br />(c)<br />#schoolnetsa11<br />How has Twitter helped you with your own professional development?<br />
    23. Twitter in a Professional Development Workshop<br />
    24. 32<br />Twitter at a Networking Event<br />
    25. 36<br />“I learn something new several times a day and stay connected with people that form my most valuable network. This is the one tool I would choose if I could only keep one.”<br />“I use Twitter to share my thoughts, ideas, information with others and to learn or get inspired by others.”<br />"A performance support tool, learning platform and social network all rolled in one."<br />
    26. 37<br />Jamie Forrest<br />“The biggest change, I think, is in my confidence and my attitude.  Twitter has opened me up to a world (and I do mean WORLD) of teachers who are doing some of the same things as I am and are paving the roads to new teaching options.” <br />“I found a community of people who validated what I was doing in my classroom while challenging me to try new things.  So, not only have I started to consider myself a grade 3 teacher, but I have started to consider myself a really good one!  This change was obviously noticed by others as well, because I will be mentoring my new grade 3 teaching partner.  Upon finding out that she was teaching grade 3, she approached me for help.  Both my principal and vice-principal have mentioned that they were glad I could share my expertise with a new teacher.”<br />
    27. (c)<br />38<br />“I've learned more in the last few weeks by monitoring this community than I have in the past year in class..... It's an amazing group - I have seen discussions on questions I hadn't thought about and received pointers towards great articles...... Makes me wonder why I'm spending all that money on a formal education when I'm not learning as much....”<br />“I really "ummed and ahhed" before joining this community. Participating in social media is still a bit "scary" for me - don't laugh!!! But I'm glad I did - I've learnt more in a few days than in the previous 6 months of trying to figure it all out for myself. Another vote for social learning.”<br />
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    29. Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social Media<br />Participating<br />Sharing<br />Learning collaboratively<br />Reflecting <br />Feed into your teaching<br />
    30. Thinking differently as Learning Professionals:Trends in Social Media<br />Social media is not somethingyou talk about;<br />it’s something you do! <br />
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    32. John Seely Brown<br /> “Embrace change! Thrive on it. Have fun with it. Do not run away from it!”<br />Visiting Scholar,University of Southern California,<br />Co-founder, Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation (formerly XEROX Parc)<br />43<br />