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Using online social networking to engage trade students


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Building a learning network among geographically-spread trade skills students and their mentors

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Using online social networking to engage trade students

  1. 1. Using online social networking to engage trade students Building online learning networks Simon Brown Stonemasonry teacher, SkillsTech Australia
  2. 2. The craft of stonemasonry <ul><li>Heavy physical work </li></ul><ul><li>Decorative finishes </li></ul>
  3. 3. Stonemasonry around the world <ul><li>Stone monuments </li></ul><ul><li>Building with stone </li></ul><ul><li>Sculpting in stone </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr photo sharing </li></ul>
  4. 4. TAFE training <ul><li>Block-release sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Social learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Traditional training delivery Traditional classroom delivery places the teacher at the centre of the students’ learning experience, pushing information out Student Student Student Teacher
  6. 6. Challenging the perspective I am challenging the perspective, pulling information in to a common space Student Student Student Teacher
  7. 7. Drawing information in Drawing information from students creates an environment in which they share with other students Student Student Student Teacher
  8. 8. Encouraging dialogue Employers provide feedback about training activities and apprentices’ performance, continuing a dialogue between learners and experts in the work place Student Student Employer Student Teacher
  9. 9. Building links I am building strong links between students and employers in the learning environment Employer Student Student Employer Student Teacher
  10. 10. Strengthening links The desired outcome is a strongly-supported learning network of masters and novices Employer Employer Student Student Employer Student Teacher
  11. 11. Linking Slideshare to Youtube videos
  12. 12. Slidesharing my Youtube <ul><li>Image-based learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Sharable content </li></ul>
  13. 13. Preparing for concreting You may either view this movie at http:// =Y1KkoDJ2h1Y or click the object below
  14. 14. Good concrete guide <ul><li>Select a suitable mix </li></ul><ul><li>Batch by volume </li></ul><ul><li>Mix well </li></ul><ul><li>Use as little water as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that sand and gravel stay well mixed during placing </li></ul><ul><li>Compact well </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t overwork surfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Cure by keeping moist for at least 7 days </li></ul>
  15. 15. Blogging my Flickr <ul><li>Image-focused updates </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing research in educational technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development reporting </li></ul>
  16. 16. The stonemasonry Ning <ul><li>Image-based </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Limited access from within a network </li></ul>
  17. 17. Ning management tools
  18. 18. Flickr feed <ul><li>“Stonemasonry” tagged images </li></ul><ul><li>Making contact with stonemasons around the world </li></ul>
  19. 19. Clustr map <ul><li>Where do our visitors come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Our work is being viewed around the world </li></ul>
  20. 20. Google analytics <ul><li>A more detailed analysis of site users </li></ul>
  21. 21. Stonemasonry Ning members <ul><li>Apprentices </li></ul><ul><li>Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Tradesmen </li></ul><ul><li>Elearning people </li></ul>
  22. 22. Shannon’s page
  23. 23. The stonemasonry Wikispace <ul><li>Less cluttered appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Videolinq media streaming </li></ul>
  24. 24. Videolinq media streaming
  25. 25. Plurking my Plurkpix <ul><li>Uploading photos to Plurkpix </li></ul><ul><li>Posting to Plurk </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a digital story </li></ul>
  26. 26. Tweeting my Twiddeo <ul><li>Uploading video to Twiddeo from the workshop floor </li></ul><ul><li>Tweeting Twiddeo </li></ul>
  27. 27. Flashmeeting is a webconferencing tool useful for distant training delivery. Developed by the Knowledge Media Institute at BBC Open University, it is a free application. This view is a screen capture of the meeting booking form.
  28. 28. The meeting booking request immediately triggers an email with URL and other details
  29. 29. The meeting details are published in the stonemasonry wiki to alert students.
  30. 30. The meeting is conducted using text chat, audio and webcam.
  31. 31. Immediately after the meeting, an archived version is available at the same link originally used to access it.
  32. 32. The meeting replay is a downloadable video clip, useful for recording interaction during the session.
  33. 33. The “meeting minutes” link archives the chat line, recording participants’ engagement during the session.
  34. 34. The “meeting analysis” link analyses participants’ activities as a time line. Votes on issues during the session are also recorded here.
  35. 35. The “meeting analysis” link provides graphic representation of participants’ webcam/audio broadcast activity.
  36. 36. The “meeting analysis” link also provides graphic representation of participants’ text interaction.
  37. 37. Multimedia applications <ul><li>Second Life for role playing, 3D walk throughs, client meeting space, collaborative learning </li></ul>
  38. 38. Yammer <ul><li>“Twitter at work” </li></ul>
  39. 39. ResourceBank <ul><li>Database repository </li></ul>
  40. 40. My.TAFE <ul><li>Learning management system </li></ul>