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 Why aren’t we there with them? What are they learning? What aren’t they learning?
Barriers             InfrastructureResistance                       FearBlocking                      Uncertainty         ...
Where do I begin?      W
   Reputation   Safety   Predators   Privacy   Identity Theft   Cyberbullying
   UNPREDICTABLE                                RISK                                FAILURE                            ...
How to …BehaveProtectRecognizeContribute in online communitieswww.safekids.com
www.aml.ca
   1. All media are constructions.   Media present carefully crafted constructions that reflect many    decisions and re...
http://creativecommons.org/
www.collaborizeclassroom.com/
   Don’t use the tools to do what you’ve always    done.   Don’t use social media to direct and control    learning.   ...
   http://www.heidisiwak.com/p/wiki-for-app.html
   http://www.heidisiwak.com/2011_11_01_arc    hive.html
First Nations Inquiry:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-yvrQng5Cu-uEl7fE9Wdene2DEVIsTVLU2KpvSBdauw/edit
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
Breaking down the barriers through social media
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  • Welcome and thanks.Audience survey – primary? Junior? Middle? High School? Other?About two years ago I came to the realization that everything I thought I knew about teaching and learning was about to undergo radically transformation and that this change was being driven by technology. While I used some technology in my program, I could in no way be called a technological innovator. My students were masters of word processing. As I looked at my own children and how they were using technology and at what my husband was doing at the college level, and what some of my colleagues were doing, I realized that while I thought I was providing good programming for my students, I was actually the producer of this …
  • I was not preparing my students for the world they would be entering. While no one at that time really seemed to know what the new model of teaching and learning might look like, there was a vast, global network of researchers, technology specialists, educators and most importantly -students, who were in the process of finding out. They were asking the same questions, conducting similar explorations and sharing what they were discovering along the way and they were doing this through social media. What I discovered isthat social media presents an unprecedented opportunity to radically alter how we work in our classrooms and that when we use social media everything about teaching and learning changes. The changes are powerful. But to get there some barriers must be broken down and for me the first one that had go is the one I’d constructed in my minds of what it meant to be a teacher. Once I became willing to do that the journey became quite remarkable and I’m here to share some of my discoveries along the way.
  • … text, create, remix, share, post, comment, tweet,view, game, upload, download, create accounts, seek information, chat …If that is their world … if social media is their currency,
  • We need to be in those spaces with them. The tools of social media are the forms of communication today and it is our responsibility to help our students learn how to negotiate virtual spaces effectively and we can’t do that unless we are in those spaces with our students. Do we even know? We’re educators. We’re interested in learning, yet most of us are not participating in the most radical upheaval in education since the industrial revolution, one that’s being driven by social media. And so our students are left to watch amusing cat videos and incredible fails on You Tube.They’re not learning that these tools are powerful.That these tools allow them to connect with anyone from whom they wish to learn.That with these tools they can create independent pathways to learning that lead to rich and meaningful lives.That with social media they have a voice that can influence and change the world.
  • The solution to barriers is quite simple: share, share publicly. Be visible. Participate in the global conversation about education. Use social media to share good practice because when others can see models and examples of how these tools work then the barriers come down and it becomes easier for everyone.
  • The solution to barriers is quite simple: share, share publicly. Be visible. Participate in the global conversation about education. Use social media to share good practice because when others can see models and examples of how these tools work then the barriers come down and it becomes easier for everyone.
  • Whether you like it or not education is changing. Get comfortable with change. Allow your role to be redefined. Get rid of? I am a teacher and this is what a teacher does. Teachers have a tendency to invest emotionally in their practices which is a good thing, but can cause problems, because we become very attached to our ways of doing things and when we are asked to change, we tend to take things personally. Don’t. Be open. These new tools offer endless opportunity but you can’t take advantage of these if you are not willing to adapt. Then your students lose but so do you.
  • Many teachers feel overwhelmed. My best advice is to start with something simple.
  • There is no doubt that there are risks when you begin working in publicly visible spaces in real time where mistakes are immediately apparent. I would argue that Social Media allows students and teachers to work in spheres of risk and uncertainty and it is from these kinds of moments that real learning occurs. It’s so very, very different from EQAO focused teaching – where the learning outcomes have already been decided. Approaching risks sensibly is the better response. Students and teachers must become familiar with digital citizenship.
  • There are ways to mitigate risk. Digital Citizenship is the place to start – students AND teachers need to know more that this.
  • Start with conversation. What have your students seen, heard, done on the internet.Students have questions. They know there are risks. They’ve heard the disaster stories. Who do they turn to? Parents? Not likely. You – your responsibility. I found – trust – come with their questions. Teach them in real time as they encounter issues. The only way to effectively instruct digital media is to be working in virtual spaces with your students. Instruction comes in response to what studentsDo you and your students set privacy settings when opening accounts?Do you know how to remove cookies and clear your browsing history? Behave Protect Recognize Contribute
  • Is about learning how the tools work.The text features.Explore and discoverCreative possibilities.Find innovative ways to use the toolsSharing, Contributing, Seek feedback and engage with others.
  • Not enough to point your students to a tool. You must learn how to use them.They’re not just tools, they are ways of thinking expressed through the tools of social media.Who has better understanding.The one who sees the picture of a cake, whose eaten the cake, whose used the recipe to make the cake, or whose developed the recipe to make the cake?It ‘s not just a matter of we used to write now we blog.LogicText featuresThink in different ways.Blogging, powerpoint stories.
  • Provide opportunities for your students to think critically about the information they encounter.This year we used it to explore the idea of the constructed teen:
  • What will you do when one of your students finds his work on someone’s else’s site and that person is profiting from their creation? Do your students know their responsibilities when using other’s work when they are remixing?
  • Closed virtual space.Post. Comment. Reply. Contribute in ways that advance the discussion. Don’t take them into a publicly visible sphere until they’ve had practice in an onling discussion platiformShrinking budgets,Standardized testingLack of engagementDonminatorsShyTime to responseDifferentiationSuccess CriteriaMyth: digital native – students need to be taught how to engage and what the possiblilities are.
  • Breaking down the barriers through social media

    1. 1.  Than
    2. 2. I
    3. 3.  Why aren’t we there with them? What are they learning? What aren’t they learning?
    4. 4. Barriers InfrastructureResistance FearBlocking Uncertainty Lack of expertise
    5. 5. Where do I begin? W
    6. 6.  Reputation Safety Predators Privacy Identity Theft Cyberbullying
    7. 7.  UNPREDICTABLE  RISK  FAILURE  MEANINGFULLearning has been decided. Learning ?????????????????
    8. 8. How to …BehaveProtectRecognizeContribute in online communitieswww.safekids.com
    9. 9. www.aml.ca
    10. 10.  1. All media are constructions. Media present carefully crafted constructions that reflect many decisions and result from many determining factors. Much of our view of reality is based on media messages that have been pre- constructed and have attitudes, interpretations and conclusions already built in. The media, to a great extent, present us with versions of reality. When analysing a media text consider the following questions: How is this message constructed? How well does it represent reality? 2. Each person interprets messages differently. People who watch the same TV show or visit the same Web site often do not have the same experience or come away with the same impression. Each person(s) can interpret or negotiate a message differently based on age, culture, life experiences, values and beliefs. When analysing a media text consider: How might others understand this message differently?
    11. 11. http://creativecommons.org/
    12. 12. www.collaborizeclassroom.com/
    13. 13.  Don’t use the tools to do what you’ve always done. Don’t use social media to direct and control learning. Don’t turn this into “school”
    14. 14.  http://www.heidisiwak.com/p/wiki-for-app.html
    15. 15.  http://www.heidisiwak.com/2011_11_01_arc hive.html
    16. 16. First Nations Inquiry:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-yvrQng5Cu-uEl7fE9Wdene2DEVIsTVLU2KpvSBdauw/edit

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