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Presentation on what broadband-enabled education would look like in South Africa, given at the National Broadband Forum, Johannesburg, 24 March, 2009. For more on the broadband for South Africa campaign see:

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  1. 1. Presented at the National Broadband Forum Johannesburg, 24 March 2009 bb4edu <ul><ul><li>Steve Vosloo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fellow, 21 st century learning </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>In South Africa we want ... </li></ul><ul><li>an information society </li></ul><ul><li>made up by knowledge workers </li></ul><ul><li>participating in a knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>competing on a global level </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>my point: </li></ul><ul><li>access to ICT </li></ul><ul><li>access to information </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>my point: </li></ul><ul><li>access to ICT </li></ul><ul><li>access to information </li></ul><ul><li>access to participation </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Participatory culture: </li></ul><ul><li>creating and sharing one's creation </li></ul><ul><li>low barriers to artistic expression </li></ul><ul><li>blogs, podcasts, games, videos, fan fiction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Jenkins et al., 2006)‏ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Participation is about: </li></ul><ul><li>creation </li></ul><ul><li>communication </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>critical reading </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 ... an “architecture of participation ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(O'Reilly, 2005)‏ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Participatory gap: </li></ul><ul><li>the unequal access to the opportunities, experiences, skills, and knowledge that will prepare youth for full participation in the world of tomorrow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Jenkins et al., 2006)‏ </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>What does participation in a broadband-enabled world mean for education? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Then ... <ul><li>Learning = acquiring information </li></ul><ul><li>Information is scarce and hard to find </li></ul><ul><li>Trust authority for good information </li></ul><ul><li>Good information is not up for discussion (Wesch, 2009)‏ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Now ... <ul><li>Learning = making meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Information is plentiful and easy to find </li></ul><ul><li>Trust multiple sources for good information </li></ul><ul><li>Information is definitely up for discussion </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Participation is about: </li></ul><ul><li>creation </li></ul><ul><li>communication </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>critical reading </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Broadband takes homework and turns it into UGC </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Broadband widens communication – no longer writing just for the teacher </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Broadband enables wider collaboration – group work no longer just within classroom </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Broadband enables peer-to-peer learning across time and space </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Broadband enables enables local and global problem solving </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Broadband blurs the lines between formal and informal learning </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Broadband requires critical reading </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Broadband changes the role of the teacher ... and of the learner </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>All aligned with outcomes-based education (OBE)‏ </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Broadband makes assignments fun </li></ul>
  23. 25. dr.math: What grade are you in? what are you covering in math? Spark plug: 7 dr.math: grade 7? Spark plug: yes dr.math: are u doing &quot;pre algebra&quot; stuff like What is the value of X if x + 3 = 10? Spark plug: yes dr.math: ok, so what is the value of x if x + 3 = 10? Spark plug: 7 dr.math: ok. how about (15 x 2 ) + x = 35 Spark plug: 5 dr.math: (I am going to use * for multiply so not to confuse it with x, ok?)‏ Spark plug: ok dr.math: (2 * x) + 8 = 18 Spark plug: 5 dr.math: very good. can you explain to me how you figured that out? Spark plug: 18 - 8 is 10 so 2* what is 10 and the answer is 5 dr.math: Excellent.
  24. 26. <ul><li>Caveat: broadband ... </li></ul><ul><li>is not only hi-tech </li></ul><ul><li>doesn't make good educators </li></ul><ul><li>effects change at different speeds </li></ul><ul><li>is not an end in itself </li></ul>
  25. 27. <ul><li>In South Africa we want ... </li></ul><ul><li>an information society </li></ul><ul><li>made up by knowledge workers </li></ul><ul><li>participating in a knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>competing on a global level </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>In South Africa we want ... </li></ul><ul><li>an information society </li></ul><ul><li>made up by knowledge workers </li></ul><ul><li>participating in a knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>competing on a global level </li></ul><ul><li>a broadband-enabled participatory learning environment </li></ul>Then we need ...
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  28. 30. License <ul><li>Unless otherwise noted all content in this presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License. </li></ul><ul><li>For more see: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>