Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Connected Learning Explained Are we really taking advantage of this digital information age to enhance the quality of today's education? Are we keeping pace with the fast-changing learning styles of our students? Do we know when, how, and what technology to use in our classrooms ? We are preparing students for jobs that do not exist yet but unfortunately some of us are still using old fashioned techniques. Connected Learning: 'ESSENCE' from DML Research Hub on Vimeo. Mimi Ito - Weblog Cross posted from the Connected Learning Research Network Leveling Up project blog It’s the start of a new year and time to take stock. It’s been three years since the launch of the Connected Learning Research Network and the Leveling Up project, and a year and a half since the launch of this blog. Along the way, we’ve delved into stories of knitters, boy band and wrestling fans, fashionistas, eSports enthusiasts, and game makers, as well as how the online world is supporting their learning, sharing, and civic engagement. Following from the digital youth project, we’ve found that the online world, even as it has expanded into more diverse areas of interests, platforms, and mobile devices, continues to be a rich source of not only social connection, but of peer learning. The cases have given us glimpses into how to answer that question in ways that deserve further investigation, and are the focus of a new round of research that we will be kicking off this year.
¿Por qué es tan importante la #colaboración? ¿Qué es y cómo funciona? Allá por 2008 escribíamos en ergonomic sobre una charla que Andrew Keen daba en el Oxford Internet Institute. En esos días, Keen ironizaba lo que entonces llamaba: “… las tres “C” que promueve el evangelio de Silicon Valley: colaboración, comunidad y conversación…”. Desde entonces hasta ahora muchos bits han pasado bajo nuestros teclados. Sin embargo, aunque mucho ha ocurrido entre el ’08 y ’13 aún queda bastante por explorar y precisar en cuanto a qué entendemos por colaboración, comunidad y conversación. En conversación con un alumni de Outliers School surgió la idea de pensar en un simple pero inclusivo diagrama cartesiano que interrelacionara las dimensiones de aprendizaje individual, colectivo, formal e informal. Un claro ejemplo de su importancia se observa en la prueba escolar parametrizada de la OCDE (conocida como PISA) que a partir del 2015 comenzará a evaluar: “Collaborative problem solving (computer based)“. 1. 2. 3. 4. [Referencias abajo] * W. ****Himanen, P. (2010).
Telling Stories, Forging Links, and Researching Lives This chapter maps the issues and tensions, theoretical and methodological, to which this book responds. The author describes her own experiences as a visual art pedagogue in a notoriously violent and impoverished South Bronx Junior High School. Through this ethnographic tale, she begins to contextualise the need for educational research in the area of youth identities and visual material culture (VMC). In particular, Eglinton underlines a disconnection between youth cultural experiences, theory, pedagogy, and empirical studies that examine young people’s use of VMC.
Learning 2.0 is Dumb: Use ‘Connected Learning’ Instead Going forward, and as best I can, I’ll use the term ‘Connected Learning’ to describe a knowledge ecosystem made up of formal, informal and social learning behaviours and modalities. It’s about time I (and perhaps you as well) retire the term Learning 2.0. There are a few reasons for this: Therefore, I present to you ‘Connected Learning’ … at least from a modality perspective: If ‘Connected Learning’ is part formal, part informal and part social, there will always be the act of ‘connecting’ one’s self to people, content, systems, networks, etc. during the learning process itself … and it may occur through several mediums. Formal: a self-contained & scheduled learning event, typically but not always tracked, providing a comprehensive and at times logical or sequential approach to a topic. Informal: an opportunity without conventionalism, atypical to formal learning, providing guidance, expertise or acumen on the go. ‘Connected Learning’ leans heavily on Socratic Learning as well:
From E-Learning to We-Learning The corporate training industry is undergoing some major changes. Over last few months we have been involved in many discussions with organizations about the tremendous needs to build, manage, and formalize their social and collaborative learning programs. This is being driven by many factors: the slowing economy, the "always-connected" nature of the workforce, and the explosion of social software tools and platforms now available. In many ways, this transition is very similar to the last "big thing" to hit corporate training - the "e-learning" era. I think today's transformation is very similar and we have much we can learn from that history. The History of E-Learning and What We Learned E-learning radically changed the training industry. Today of course as e-learning has matured, there are many forms of online training and education. In addition, the original "concepts" of e-learning have changed. Enter "We-Learning" Now here we are again, in the middle of a whole new era. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models DML (a “Digital Media and Learning” project), believes in the “the power of participation.” And they’ve created a learning model overview to prove it. We recently published our Inside-Out Learning model, an attempt to return the learning to the families, organizations, and communities authentic to the learner. DML’s model is similar in philosophy, underscoring the role of interdependence. Called Connected Learning, the model is a response to changing face of culture as it relates to social and digital media. Connected Learning “is an answer to three key shifts as society evolves from the industrial age of the 20th century and its one-size-fits-all factory approach to educating youth to a 21st century networked society.” 1) A shift from education to learning. 2) A shift from consumption of information to participatory learning. 3) A shift from institutions to networks.
Educators: Embrace Social Media What is up with teacher development and the fear of social media? So many educators are soaring into the next advent of learning, while others continue to lecture and talk at the kids, avoiding the digital tools that are so readily available. Yesterday, in a passing conversation discussing sharing of great resources, I asked a colleague if they knew what a PLN is? ”Huh?” she said. “A P L what?” My world has become immersed in Twitter; I find it to be one of the single most important tools in my own daily professional development. I’d like to mention some of my educationally revered friends and give them a little plug since they have helped me grow. Now, don’t get me wrong… my friends on Twitter are more like colleagues. 25 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Twitter by Jeff Dunn (just posted yesterday so we must have had some mental telepathy going on.) the founder of Edudemic, states that, Twitter may very well be the single most important tool for teachers right now. Here’s what I think:
Educators as Social Networked Learners This fall, I am getting the opportunity to design and teach a graduate course for Boise State University’s Education Technology Program entitled, Social Networked Learning. The majority of students in the program are K-12 in-service teachers who are seeking ways to enhance their teaching with integrated and emerging technologies. Course Description This course explores collaborative and emergent pedagogies, tools, and theory related to the use of social networks in learning environments. The ideas, content, and exercises presented in this course are driven by two basic tenets: We are living, learning, and educating in an information-rich (Shirky), connected (Siemens), creative (Florida), participatory (Jenkins) culture.This culture is seeing growth, development, and evolution of information and technology as never seen before in the history of humankind. Learning Goals Course Modules Course Assignments Assignment
Are We in an An Age of Collective Learning? | Rotana Ty This is a guest post by Rotana Ty from Paris, France, who curates on the subject of “exploring learning” on Permamarks. Are We in an Age of Collective Learning? Recently, after reading a great post from Gianpiero Petriglieri offering a different view on MOOCs, here is what I tweeted: Education is not just about skills, concepts, knowledge as commodity. Also about ties/citizenship. So, if education is also about relationships and citizenship, how do we harness new learning curves? How do we go with learning flows? Learning flows are already everywhere. We are moving away from the model in which learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that, for better and worse, have served as the main gateways to education and social mobility. If you want to go deeper you might be interested in diving into the research of the Institute For The Future: “From Educational Institutions to Learning Flow. [photo courtesy of Trisha Brink Design]
Communities of practice The term “community of practice” is of relatively recent coinage, even though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. The concept has turned out to provide a useful perspective on knowing and learning. A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are now focusing on communities of practice as a key to improving their performance.This brief and general introduction examines what communities of practice are and why researchers and practitioners in so many different contexts find them useful as an approach to knowing and learning. What are communities of practice? Note that this definition allows for, but does not assume, intentionality: learning can be the reason the community comes together or an incidental outcome of member’s interactions. The domain: A community of practice is not merely a club of friends or a network of connections between people. It is the combination of these three elements that constitutes a community of practice. Where does the concept come from?