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Thinking SMALL: Realizing Ongoing Professional Development through Grassroots Social Networking in the UAE

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The presenters will discuss how to realize an online community for EFL instructors in the UAE and its integration with professional or personal learning networks (PLN). They propose a social network structure that will address the need for ongoing PD in the UAE that is driven bottom up, not top down, according to the perceived interests of practitioners involved in language education and other a of learning in the UAE. The session will suggest means by which practitioners can share knowledge and skills and contribute to each others’ PDs by practicing within a PD network dedicated to the needs of knowledge workers in the UAE as well as connecting with similarly motivated networks and communities worldwide. NB: SMALL stands for Social Media assisted Language Learning.

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Thinking SMALL: Realizing Ongoing Professional Development through Grassroots Social Networking in the UAE

  1. 1. Thinking SMALLRealizing Ongoing Professional Development through Grassroots Social Networking in the UAE Vance Stevens and Phil Cozens Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi Jim Buckingham Zayad University, Abu Dhabi Prepared for the Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaima ELT Conferences Aprll 10, 2010 Zayad University, Abu Dhabi and HCT Men’s College RAK
  2. 2. Guiding PremiseFrom Stephen Downes, Learning the Web 2.0 Way And … to TEACH is to LEARN - Vance http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/personal-learning-the-web-20-way Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  3. 3. Paradigm Shifts in Educationhttp://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/papers/2007alexandria/web20arabia.htm Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  4. 4. 10 Aspects of Paradigm Shift• Pedagogy: • Heuristics: Didactic --> constructivist Client server -->• Modeling: peer to peer Do as I say --> AND as I do • Sharing:• Transfer: Copyrighted --> Technology enjoyed at creative commons leisure is F.U.N. --> also, • Classification: applied to professional Taxonomies --> practice folksonomies• Trepidation: • Directionality: Will they find out? --> Push --> pull ok to say “I don’t know!” • Ownership:• Literacy: Proprietary --> Print literacy --> open source multiliteracies Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010 4
  5. 5. What is TESOL Arabia?• A group?• A community?• A network? Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  6. 6. Configurations• Groups Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  7. 7. Configurations• Groups• Communities Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  8. 8. Configurations• Groups• Communities• Communities of practice – Domain – Practice – Community Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  9. 9. Configurations• Groups• Communities• Communities of practice• Networks can include overlapping communities Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  10. 10. Configurations• Groups• Communities• Communities of practice• Networks and sample Connections Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  11. 11. What is a conference?• What is an appropriate metaphor for conference attendance? – Group? Community? Network?• Should teachers / students be cut off from their networks? – At school? Meetings? Conferences? Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  12. 12. Alternative models for professional and student skills development• Use Nings / Moodles / wikis / Google Wave / Jing / uTiPu / or other LMS/CMS to replace outmoded email attachment systems• Hold un-conferences and other grass roots events such as • Bar camps • LAN parties • Speed-geeking • Speed Lifing http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2009/06/speedlifing.html Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  13. 13. Keep current, participate with peers around the world in:• Social networks: Ning, TappedIn, EVO, WiAOC• Social bookmarking: Delicious, Diigo• Groups: YahooGroups and GoogleGroups• Microblogging: Twitter, Plurk• Instant messaging: Yahoo Messenger, Skype Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  14. 14. Keep current, participate with peers around the world in:• Blogging and podcasting: keeping current via RSS• Wikis: PBWiki, Wikispaces• Aggregation: Technorati, Pageflakes, Netvibes, Protopages, iGoogle, http://addictomatic.com, http://spezify.com Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  15. 15. Personal Learning NetworksScott Leslies PLE (above) and more PLE diagrams: http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/PLE+Diagrams
  16. 16. Nings http://cck2009.ning.com/http://multiliteracies.ning.com/video Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  17. 17. Webcasts, Podcasts http://ed te chtalk.co com/ m /live evens.podomatic.http://vance_st Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  18. 18. Microblogging: TwitterOur daily network interactions; e.g.Morning Tweets Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  19. 19. Microblogging: EdmodoModeled and demonstrated by Nicky Hockley, #Socialnet09 Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  20. 20. The not-yet future: Waves Who are the early pouncers?http://wave.google.com Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  21. 21. Organizing through Wikis http://webheadswave.wikispaces.com/ Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  22. 22. Future of Learningin a Networked World http://flnw.wikispaces.com/Brazil Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  23. 23. PD models for Networked Interaction• Growing numbers of teaching practitioners no longer focus professional development activities on annual conferences• Professional development is done – daily (weekly, etc.) – for free – at individuals pace and convenience• Via Twitter, Ning, Skype, YouTube, Facebook, YahooGroups, TappedIn, WiZiQ ... Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  24. 24. PD models for Networked Interaction• Electronic Village Online (EVO, since 2001)• Webheads (1998, WiA since 2002)• Steve Hargadon Classroom 2.0• Free online conferences – George Siemens’s many conferences – WiAOC (Webheads in Action Online Convergences) – K12 Online Conference – 2010 #iatefl conference in Harrogate Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  25. 25. How EVO models social Networking• Almost all start with an email list, usually Yahoo Groups – http://yahoogroups.com• Many have Nings – http://ning.com• Most use wikis; e.g. http://pbworks.com or http://docs.google.com• Many use microblogging; e.g. http://twitter.com• Many socially bookmark URLs using http://delicious.com or http://diigo.com• Most encourage reflective blogs; e.g. http://blogger.com Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  26. 26. Key to success in keeping currentExpanding productive contacts within a networkAttribute: darcy norman touchgraph: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnorman/436670816/ Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  27. 27. TESOL Arabia Conferences and Chapter Events• In future, successful conferences and professional organizations will combine • opportunities for interpersonal connection • with connectivity and • seamless interaction with distributed personal learning networks – Those that do not will be decreasingly relevant• If conferences are networked? – Who benefits? Who loses? Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  28. 28. Model Conferences• Ongoing PD requires connection to a network• Conferences are good for face to face interaction and interpersonal networking – But inefficient for sustained professional development – Many conferences / schools etc require participants to leave their networks at the door Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  29. 29. Model Conferences• F2F conferences with rich networking potential – Learning 2.0 (Jeff Utecht, set up in Ning, Podcast) – IATEFL right now, getting better – NECC – Educon 2.0 THINK SMALL Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010
  30. 30. CALL? Think SMALL …• Social networking via social media is the new CALL• Now that the C in CALL is almost seamless, almost taken for granted, – Social networking is the new front-line – SMALL? (Social media assisted LL?) (… enhanced … won’t work)For an online explanation of this presentationhttp://tinyurl.com/ta10april2010 Vance Stevens - TESOL Arabia 2010

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