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Only Connect


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My keynote from the AIS NSW ICT Integration Conference 2009: eConsumers or eProducers? (

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Only Connect

  1. Only connect Stephen “trib” Collins acidlabs
  2. “Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.” E.M. Forster, Howard’s End
  3. BIG
  4. Arguably bigger than this
  5. “Hyperconnectivity begets hypermimesis begets hyperempowerment.” Mark Pesce, Hyperpolitics American Style
  6. People power
  7. Shifting divide
  8. One weekend’s worth of ads
  9. Participate, engage, co-learn
  10. Hyperdisconnected
  11. Why is this still the model for the classroom?
  12. Why do we make them disconnect?
  13. Class is like this
  14. “The entire curriculum is currently geared to pens, paper, books, etc. The computer is bling.”
  15. A vision of students today
  16. Content = commodity
  17. Power shift
  18. Here’s where the power is
  19. Integrate technology vs. adding technology Connected pedagogy vs. teaching with the Internet
  20. Integrated
  21. We have no idea
  22. Knowing facts approaching irrelevancy as time to find approaches zero
  23. Wired to connect
  24. “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status… we're now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.” Sir Ken Robinson, TED 2006
  25. Engagement Relevancy Creativity Extension Mistakes
  26. Explore the "what else"
  27. Connected classroom
  28. 21st Century skills
  29. “The progression of today's college student is to jettison every interest except one. And within that one, to continually narrow the focus. Learning more and more about less and less. This, despite the evidence all around us of the interconnectedness of things.” Liz Coleman, TED 2009
  30. Contextualise
  31. I want school to be like this
  32. Why isn’t hyperconnectedness the heart of education?
  33. Universal digital literacy
  34. Wayfinding
  35. What else?
  36. Bigger picture
  37. Not just me. Not even just us.
  38. Hannah
  39. Step up
  40. Imagine
  41. Thank you
  42. Like the cool pictures?, Picasa and Flickr And the awesome videos? A Vision of Students Today from KSU Digital Ethnography Twitter in the classroom from University of Minnesota
  43. License Share/Remix/Spread... don’t forget to attribute
  44. Contact me Stephen “trib” Collins @trib +61 410 680722 Canberra, Australia