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Links for Will Richardson's Keynote
Links for Will Richardson's Keynote
A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything
Powerful Learning Practice Network
Solution Tree Summit Keynote
List of links
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
( Corwin Press, 2nd Ed, July 2008)
"Footprints in a Digital Age"
(Educational Leadership, November, 2008)
"World Without Walls: Learning Well With Others"
(Edutopia, December 2008)
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Some Quotes to Think About:
"It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change" –
"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." --
"Sometimes traveling to a new place leads to great transformation" --
Fortune Cookie from PF Chang's, Austin, TX
“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” —
"The kind of questioning, collaborative, active, lateral rather than hierarchical pedagogy that participatory media both forces and enables is not the kind of change that takes place quickly or at all in public schools." --
"For any given organization, the important questions are 'When will the change happen?" and "What will change?" The only two answers we can rule out are never, and nothing." --
"This isn't the time to use technology to refine the model we had before; this is a time to harness technology to let children go as far and as fast as they want."
To start conversations
To ask questions
To challenge your thinking about teaching and learning
The Big Premise:
This is a very challenging moment for educators. Our children are headed for a much more networked existence, one that allows for learning to occur 24, 7, 365, one that renders physical space much less important for learning, one that will challenge the relevance of classrooms as currently envisioned, and one that challenges our roles as teachers and adult learners.
The World is Changing
“This is a period of prolonged and profound transition in the ways we relate to communication and information.”
Toyota overtakes GM in world auto sales
In just a decade’s time, we’ll have gone from half the world never having made a telephone call to half the world owning a phone. (
UNESCO says there will be more "educated people" in the next 30 years than in the sum of human history to date. (Cited in the TED Talks video with
Sir Ken Robinson
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that most American workers will change jobs between 10 and 14 times by age 38.
"Hypertransparent and hyperconnected world." Dov Seidman,
The Change: The Read/Write Web
It's as easy to create and publish content as it is to consume it.
The Web is Changing Politics
--500,000 members, 8,000 affinity groups
Texas Precinct Wiki
The Machinery of Hope
Obama YouTube site
Find Groups on Obama site
Kansas Senate candidate
changes fund raising models
. (Ira Socol,
The Web is Changing Government
US Intelligence Agencies are using wikis
to communicate and collect information more effectively. ("Open Source Spying")
The United Nations is using wikis
to help decision making processes. (MSNBC)
Australian Government Caught Editing Wikipedia
The Web is Changing Journalism/Media
"My readers know more than I do." --Dan Gillmor
example (Gray Googler's article)
contribute our own reporting
all a Twitter
Newspaper Death Watch site
We all make editorial decisions
for the group. (Digg.com)
Traditional models for music and movies are quickly becoming obsolete
Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog
from the New York Times Magazine
Nine Inch Nails gave away it's
new collection of mp3s for free with a Creative Commons license
, and it was still the
top selling collection on Amazon in 2008
Any movie or TV show streamed to your computer.
, where you can access any magazine you like.
This is a
REMIX culture which pushes creativity
. (Kutiman Thru-You)
We can even have
The Web is Changing Business
Markets are conversations AND relationships, not transactions or products. Advertising is not a relationship. (
Allstate and Sara
Look at the conversations about
Amazon's Kindle e-book reader
Or look at what
happened to Spore
The fastest growing companies
are adopting social media
Take a look at how Cisco sees the new "
" where "you subscribe to people, not magazines."
(Canadian Mining Company)
"This generation will transform the workplace and the way business is conducted to an extent not witnessed since the "organization man" of the 1950s." Don Tapscott, Wikinomics, pg. 54
Accenture, which spent $700 million on education last year, says its 38,000 consultants and most of its service workers take course on collaborating with offshore colleagues. (
Challenging Times for Educators:
Our students are leading us.
71% of students with online access use social networking tools on a weekly basis (
75% of college students have a Facebook site
More statistics on the
social networking divide
notion of privacy is shifting
Our kids use social networks
to grieve publicly
as well. (
Local story about teen's substance abuse issues
culled from social networking pages. (Hunterdon County Democrat)
Being "Googleable" can be a good or a
. (Virginia teachers on Facebook)
We are entering a time of
deeply personalized, passion based learning
. (John Seeley Brown)
"Youth using new media often learn from their peers, not teachers or adults, and notions of expertise and authority have been turned on their heads." (
Living and Learning with Digital Media (.pdf)
That makes our current curricula less and less relevant to our students.
More and more, the expectation is to create, not consume, yet we're not creators.
The amount of information is infinite and overwhelming.
Pace of change is lightspeed
as the "Ultimate Study Guide"
Wiis as SmartBoards
Over 5,000 Web 2.0 apps
Differing levels of access
21 percent of households with an annual income of $30,000 or less had a broadband connection at home in 2006.
And what happens when municipal wifi gives kids unfiltered access in schools?
Yet we are becoming
. (Nortel study .
From "anywhere, anytime" to "everywhere, all the time."
Standardized tests still emphasize content
Our idea of
is changing as well . (
Legal liabilities are unclear.
We block instead of teach
Filtering does not work
A Melbourne student disabled the Australian governments $84 million porn filter in minutes. (
Restricting use of technologies will not work
As wireless becomes ubiquitous, students will use their devices in schools. (
Local Schools Battling High Tech Distractions
Fewer than 25 percent of educators feel comfortable teaching students how to protect themselves from online predators and cyberbullies. (
District Administration Magazine
In the next 10 years, over
18 million teachers will be needed worldwide
, over 2 million of them in the US (roughly half the education workforce.)
Our own time is limited.
The Web is Challenging Traditional Approaches to How We Learn
Learning is not about acquiring knowledge as much as it is about building networks. (Articulated by
My own learning has been transformed due primarily to the network I have become a part of.
is an example of network creation. It's where my most powerful learning has taken place. Here are a couple of examples: "
Dear Kids, You Don't Have to Go to College
" and "
Owning the Teaching...and the Learning
We build our
own learning networks
. (delicious network visualizer) And in
, (webpages as graphs) who we know is not as important as who they know.
Our goal for our kids must be to help them
create, navigate and grow their own personal learning networks
safe, effective and ethical ways
And our networks
can be with us wherever we are
. The live Web is replacing the static web. (Twitter)
And our networks connect our passion for
My good fortune is that I have potential teachers visiting from
around the world
Contrast that to most of our kids' classrooms which are still
defined by four walls
We are at times teachers and at times learners. Our roles shift with each interaction.
Our kids are already creating their own networks.
is one site where "affinity groups" meet.
They are using networks to
create change around the world
. (Taking IT Global)
They are creating their own learning environments using a variety of media. (
Bow Drill video
And they are using networks to
make a difference in their communities
And like it or not,
is another example of kids creating their own networks.
But so are
student role models
, (Meg Cabot)
Millions and millions of
people are participating
in the new social networking services. (Wikipedia)
Research is beginning to show that social networks have a
positive influence on learning
have their own as well
. (Classroom 2.0)
But we can help our kids to start creating their own networks as well and
work with people around the world
. (Nata Village)
We can also build networks in virtual worlds. In fact, over 70 colleges already have.
The Web is Challenging our Assumptions About Knowledge, Information and Literacy
It's not as much about content anymore as much as it is about context. Knowledge and information used to be scarce...that's what our education system was built upon.
But how much of that information do we really remember and use? "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" How many sides to a
But today, I can learn anything, anytime, anywhere providing I have access.
no longer scarce
. (MIT) (1.4 million visitors per month from every country, 2,000 courses, 440,000 course downloads per month.) And now there is a section of content
just for high schools
Or check out the
YouTube channel from Berkeley
Or check out the catalog of
podcasts from Stanford on iTunesU
free physics textbook
(being used by the state of Va.)
free college texts
via shared, open content. (Flat World Knowledge)
We can connect to information and build knowledge from it
collaboratively, and freely
And we tend to look at knowledge as hard or unchanging...but these days, knowledge is soft. It's
. (Wikipedia) To date, almost 6.5 million articles have been created in some 250 languages by almost 6 million people.
(By the way,
errors are everywhere
. What would you do with
And the collaborative construction of knowledge is effective...
just ask the CIA
. (Open Source Spying)
In this world, we cannot only seek information, but
information seeks us
But in a world where anyone can create and publish information,
how do we know what to trust
? (Dove Beauty)
How do we teach our students (and ourselves) to make sense of a much more complex literacy regarding
who to trust
as authoritative sources. When we
can be manipulated
be the manipulator
NCTE describes literacy as "malleable."
We can no longer be "just" readers...we must be editors as well. And we
(Diigo) and write together.
More and more we are living in an information world that is digitally linked together. ("
Scan This Book
And reading is no longer a passive, linear activity that deals simply with text. How do we read
multimedia and hypertext
In this world, we must read with an ear for writing and responding, engaging and interacting.
The Web is Challenging our Assumptions about Classrooms and Teaching
If teachers are no longer the arbiters of knowledge in the classroom, our roles need to change.
can be global and anywhere
. (Supplementing my kids education.) Teachers come in
all shapes and sizes
. (Andrew from Perth, Scotland.)
Take this teacher's Tweet: "In Gr.8 - using
, to learn about the protests in Burma .. world at their fingertips, AS IT HAPPENS!"
Now we have the opportunity to be connectors, to bring our classrooms to the world in a variety of ways. We can
find other teachers
who may know more than we do. (Secret Life of Bees)
of students learning from mentors. (Polar Science)
We can also connect our students to other students around the world
so they can learn together
. (Flat Classrooms Wiki)
And in a world where all of our students can be content producers as well as content consumers, we need to re-envision the work we ask them to do.
teach what they know
. (Radio Willow Web)
Our students can
teach in powerful ways
. (Pre Cal)
And they can share their experiences in meaningful ways, like
Sam Jackson's Education Blog
--12th Grade student blog about college application process
says, students' work "
should have wings
We Need a 2020 Vision for Education (Bud Hunt)
--"Capture Everything, Share Everything, Open Everything, Only Connect"
Those who don't understand these shifts will be "left behind." (
2009 Horizon Report
How do we learn to help our students leverage the technologies they are already using instead of have them check them at the door? (Especially when our students can
get around our efforts anyway
How do we change? How do we re-envision teaching for a vastly changed world?
What do we have to
unlearn about schooling and education
How do we the use of these technologies in our own practice?
"We use social media in the classroom not because our students use it, but because we are afraid that social media might be
- that they are using social media blindly, without recognition of the new challenges and opportunities they might create." --
Top challenges for 2009--
How do we begin to
change the culture of schools
How do we begin to
add nodes to our own network maps
? (Blank ClustrMap)
To make sure we're as prepared as we can be to
lead our kids into their futures
To take advantage of these opportunities, we all need to:
Find our passions
Connect to others who share those passion
Build learning networks with other teachers and learners
Model our learning for others
It starts with
one small step
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