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A Tweet and a Poke
 How Educators Harness the
  Power of Social Networks




    Walls Optional
       Camosun College
         May 1, 2009
        Dr. Alec Couros
#wallsoptional
who is this guy?
Shifts in Edtech                 Group growth
    Individual growth




  Objectivism
                       Cognitivism
                                     Constructivism
                                           Social Learning
(Leinonen) (Schwier)
journey
knowledge
    what is k?
•

    how is k acquired?
•

    how do we know what
•

    we know?
    why do we know what
•

    we know?
    what do humans know?
•

    who controls k?
•

    how is k controlled?
•
assumptions re: school
    knowledge is scarce
•

    access can be controlled
•

    boundaries make sense
•

    expertise rests only in individuals
•

    learning can be managed
•

    change is slow
•

    institutions can rest on reputation
•

    we can predict the future
•

    is the best way to learn
•
reactions: forms of openness
     open education
                               free software
       open source software
                    open educational resources
   open content
                         open access publication
open access courses           open teaching
                  open accreditation
how are creative works
                           produced and shared?




cathedral vs. the bazaar
how we view knowledge
                             and creative works
copyright/copyleft/commons
open content, access,
publication, accreditation




                             how we view learning -
                             institutional & informal
access we have to free
or inexpensive tools
Rocky Mountain News
1859 - 2009
social networks

    redefine communities,
•
    friends, citizenship,
    identity, presence, privacy,
    publics, geography.
    enable learning,
•
    communication, sharing,
    connections, collaboration,
    community.
    networks formed around
•
    shared interests & objects.
lightbulb
    vs.
   ipod
human networks
netbooks & 1:1
microblogging
Google/Twitter
Greasemonkey script
geotagging
streaming video
Each technology
    creates a new
    environment.

 The old environment
 becomes content for
the new environment.

 The effects of media
come from their form
  not their content.
cornflakes or cadillacs
media literacy
  Accessing, analyzing,
•
  evaluating, and creating
  messages in a variety of
  forms.
• Enable skillful creators,
  consumers, and
  disseminators of media.
• Facilitate an
  understanding of
  strengths, weaknesses,
  and influences of media
  forms.
how ideas spread
cautions




Soulja Boy
cautions




new challenges
affordances




new motivations
new forms
re/think:


              toward open &
            networked learning
content
privacy
toward open educational experiences
interaction
social
architecture
transparency
professional
  learning
I can haz pln
                adapt
connecting
    become a learner (again)
•

    experiment with the tools
•

    learn to read new media
•

    explore online communities
•

    participate in web and f2f events
•

    be critical, but open-minded
•

    it begins with a single
•

    connection, but you will be
    embraced by the network
advantages
    greater access
•

    currency & adaptability
•

    improved economics
•

    adaptive pedagogy
•

    preserved knowledge
•

    greater diversity of voice
•

    sustainable communities
•

    transparency for critique
•

    long-term connections
•
Don’t limit a child to your
own learning, for he was born
  in another time. ~Tagore




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A Tweet and a Poke: How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks

  • 1. A Tweet and a Poke How Educators Harness the Power of Social Networks Walls Optional Camosun College May 1, 2009 Dr. Alec Couros
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  • 16. Shifts in Edtech Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism Social Learning (Leinonen) (Schwier)
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  • 25. knowledge what is k? • how is k acquired? • how do we know what • we know? why do we know what • we know? what do humans know? • who controls k? • how is k controlled? •
  • 26. assumptions re: school knowledge is scarce • access can be controlled • boundaries make sense • expertise rests only in individuals • learning can be managed • change is slow • institutions can rest on reputation • we can predict the future • is the best way to learn •
  • 27. reactions: forms of openness open education free software open source software open educational resources open content open access publication open access courses open teaching open accreditation
  • 28. how are creative works produced and shared? cathedral vs. the bazaar
  • 29. how we view knowledge and creative works copyright/copyleft/commons
  • 30. open content, access, publication, accreditation how we view learning - institutional & informal
  • 31. access we have to free or inexpensive tools
  • 33. social networks redefine communities, • friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. enable learning, • communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. networks formed around • shared interests & objects.
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  • 35. lightbulb vs. ipod
  • 42. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content for the new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content.
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  • 46. media literacy Accessing, analyzing, • evaluating, and creating messages in a variety of forms. • Enable skillful creators, consumers, and disseminators of media. • Facilitate an understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and influences of media forms.
  • 52. re/think: toward open & networked learning
  • 55. toward open educational experiences
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  • 61. I can haz pln adapt
  • 62. connecting become a learner (again) • experiment with the tools • learn to read new media • explore online communities • participate in web and f2f events • be critical, but open-minded • it begins with a single • connection, but you will be embraced by the network
  • 63. advantages greater access • currency & adaptability • improved economics • adaptive pedagogy • preserved knowledge • greater diversity of voice • sustainable communities • transparency for critique • long-term connections •
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  • 65. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Tagore web: couros.ca twitter: courosa google: couros alec.couros@uregina.ca
  • 66. Videos: Barcelona 1908 Open Doctrine Cisco Telepresence Anthro Intro to Youtube Mother of All Funk Chords EC&I 831 Course Trailer Tweenbots Related Flickr Set Available This presentation is released under a CC-AT/ NC/SA license. Contact me if you’d like the original slide deck in Keynote format.