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Transcript of Education 2.0
“No longer are children and young people only or even mainly divided by those with or without access, though ‘access’ is a moving target in terms of speed, location, quality and support, and inequalities in access do persist. Increasingly, children and young people are divided into those for whom the Internet is an increasingly rich, diverse, engaging and stimulating resource of growing importance in their lives and those for whom it remains a narrow, unengaging, if occasionally useful, resource of rather less significance ".
“Schools can draw a line in the sand, with zero tolerance rules written into school handbooks, or they can shift with the changing sands of social networking and utilize social networking and Facebook to enhance teaching and learning.” (Levinson, 2009)
We must develop a participative pedagogy, assisted by digital media and networked publics, that focuses on catalyzing, inspiring, nourishing, facilitating, and guiding literacies essential to individual and collective life in the 21st century. (Howard Rheingold, 2009)
Michael Wesch (2009) warns that we use social media in the classroom not because our students use it, but because we are afraid that social media might be using them - that they are using social media blindly, without recognition of the new challenges and opportunities they might create.
Social communication skills
Learning outside of the classroom
Learning Theory and Pedagogy
There are strong links between web 2.0 and socio-cultural theories of learning, which see active and authentic learning taking place best where knowledge can be constructed actively by learners who are supported in communal social settings. It follows that web 2.0 tools may offer learners a more participatory experience of learning in which individuals have increased opportunities to interact with more learners and with more learning resources. (Neil Selwyn, 2008)
Dale’s Learning Pyramid
Multiple Intelligence Theory
Zone of Proximal Development
1 to 1 / 1 to many
Massive knowledge to create
Many to many
Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0
* Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing
* Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about communities
* Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer
* Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML
* Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs
* Web 1.0 was about portals, Web 2.0 is about RSS
* Web 1.0 was about taxonomy, Web 2.0 is about tags
* Web 1.0 was about wires, Web 2.0 is about wireless
* Web 1.0 was about owning, Web 2.0 is about sharing
* Web 1.0 was about IPOs, Web 2.0 is about trade sales
* Web 1.0 was about Netscape, Web 2.0 is about Google
* Web 1.0 was about web forms, Web 2.0 is about web applications
* Web 1.0 was about screen scraping, Web 2.0 is about APIs
* Web 1.0 was about dialup, Web 2.0 is about broadband
* Web 1.0 was about hardware costs, Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs
“In principle, Web 2.0 technologies fit well with current policy agenda and educational theory. Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts and messaging applications could potentially make a valuable contribution to furthering the personalised learning agenda, and could support autonomous learning, peer assessment and the development of critical internet literacy.” (Becta 2008)
Marc Prensky in his book entitled Teaching Digital Natives, "Today's students are no longer the people our education system was designed to teach".
disseminate some of the findings of my research
share with you my learning journey
discuss the issues within education that I have been drawn to
explain some possible solutions I have been experimenting with
Many of the areas of this new mode of education are based on the technological advances surrounding Web 2.0, however the call for this change comes not as a result of the technology, but as a result of the change in the social fabric of society, particularly with our youth.
Simultaneous streams of information can be absorbed, used and interacted with in new interesting and exciting ways
ever ready to communicate, participate and interact with the constantly changing world
Is it any wonder that these 'Digital Natives' are so easily bored by the traditional learning environments within our schools?
As the name suggests, Education 2.0 is intrinsicly linked with Web 2.0
These are no longer issues outside of the classroom
our students are incredibly creative and collaborative,
they are able to access and share knowledge
they engage in online activity for hours every single night
if only this could all happen in school
How could this be harnassed in education
How could we get this level of participation in school work
How could we bring creativity back into schools
Anywhere, anytime, with anyone
Our current educational systems, theories and practices are not yet conducive to this ideal. We need to reconsider the values of education in order to embrace the diverse, ever changing social world that we and our students live in today. We need to change the education of our children from as David Gauntlett put it a “sit back and listen culture” to a “making and doing culture”.
Embedding new media literacy education through existing mobile and Web 2.0 technologies into whole school policies will result in greater engagement, communication and collaboration between teachers, students and parents. It will increase attainment but more importantly it will create independent critical thinkers, ready to become active participants in modern society.
So what does this actually mean for us as a school?
There is not a one size fits all solution to the issues I have raised. I see the solution as total engagement with the social web
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
I would like to finish this section of my exhibition in the same way that Sir Ken Robinson did in his wonderful TED lecture entitled ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution’ (2010), with a poem by W.B. Yeats: