My first day at NECC started with a SIGTelForum: Connectivism, Curriculum, and the Virtual Classroom in 21st-Century Telecollaboration with Manorama Talaiver, Judi Harris, Allison Powell and David Thornburg. Some notes below.
How is the read-write Web appropriated for connectivist learning and teaching? What are the implications for teacher knowledge-building, professional development, and assessment? This forum will connect theory with practice to address these questions.
· iEARN –International Education and Resource Network
o From the About us Page http://www.iearn.org/about/index.html
o iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 20,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 115 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 1,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
o Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world.
o iEARN is:
§ an inclusive and culturally diverse community
§ a safe and structured environment in which young people can communicate
§ an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects
§ a community of educators and learners making a difference as part of the educational process
o Brief description for linking: iEARN(International Education and Resource Network) is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Established in 1988 as a pioneering online program among schools in the the Soviet Union and the United States, iEARN is now active in more than 25,000 schools and youth organizations in 125 countries.
o About GSN http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm?section=AboutUs
§ Kidlink is a non-commercial, user-owned organization that helps children understand their possibilities, set goals for life, and develop life-skills.
§ Its free educational programs motivate learning by helping teachers relate local curriculum guidelines to students’ personal interests and goals. Kidlink is open for all children and youth in any country through the age of 15, and students at school through secondary school. Most users are between 10 – 15 years of age. Since the start in 1990, used by children from 176 countries.
§ The Kidlink knowledge network is run by 500 volunteers in over 50 countries. Hundreds of public and private virtual “rooms” are used for discussion and collaboration. Information is available in over 30 languages. Statistics.
Assessment and Supervision of Online Teachers
-Allison Powell, Vice President NACOL
Education in the Post-Digital Age
· OR Going Back to Tomorrow: Leaping Past the Future http://www.tcpd.org/ http://www.tcse-k12.org/ http://www.tcpdpodcast.org/
· In the beginning
o Dumb Terminals
o Smart Terminals
o Truly Personal Computers
· Where are we headed
o From Personal Computers to Networked Personal Computers
o Online Applications
§ Smart Terminals
o Dumb Terminals
§ With built in web client connected to distributed servers
o Will we leap past the future?
· Entering the world of Cloud Computing
o The network is the computer
o What happens when bandwidth approaches processor speed?
· Thinking Influenced by
o Lev Vygotsky
o Henry Jenkins
o George Siemens
o Pierre Levy
· Technology as a pedagogy amplifier
o Stand-alone computers support Piaget’s cognitive constructivism
o Networked – Vygotsky
o Seymour Papert
· Reality of the Cloud
o Beyond hardware
o Knowledge lies outside ourselves
o Thoughts exist in space and time
o Learning is a network forming process
o Our view comes from node
· Pierre Levy
o Everyone knows something; nobody knows anything; what anyone knows can be tapped by the group
· Networked Learning is about
o Connections, not just content
o Connections between nodes builds understanding
o Moves beyond content and concepts to causes
· Groups and Networks
· Rhizomes vs Trees
o Deleuse and Guattari
o Hierarchical vs Non-hierarchical
o Hierarchical impose structures
o Non-Hierarchical reveal structures
· Henry Jenkins Participatory Culture
§ Second Life
§ Blogging –Introduces concept of beta reader
o Collaborative Problem Solving
§ Cmap http://cmap.ihmc.us/
· Can put inside own firewall
§ Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
§ Moodle http://moodle.org/
§ Fan Fiction http://www.fanfiction.net/
§ Flickr http://flickr.com/
§ Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/
§ YouTube http://www.youtube.com/
· Today’s Learning Space is all the above
· Small World
o Six degrees of separation
o The power of the network increases as the square of the number of users
o Powerful jumps when every student has networked computer
· Are Schools Ready? [No]
o Bandwidth limited
o Many ban blogging
o Many ban social spaces
o Filters are mandated
Connectivism, Curriculum & Telecollaboration: Shifting Knowledge
Judi Harris, School of Education, College of William and Mary
· Her site http://virtual-architecture.wm.edu/
o Happens via networks
· Telecooperative VS Telecollaborative
I got to this tag cloud site, Wordle, from Chris Lehmann’s blog. It’s a Java-based site that allows you to customize the layout, font, and color of the word cloud you create. I have to warn you, though, it can evaporate your time as you constantly rework the layout and font. I had an idea of how I hoped some of the words would arrange themselves. I got pretty much what I wanted with Clayton Christensen’s article from the Hoover Institution, How Do We Transform Our Schools?, I’ve also started reading his book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. More on that later this summer.
You can view the larger cloud at the Wordle site also. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.