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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Will Richardson - New Internet Literacies for Teachers

I’m going to try and blog this live as I did with yesterday’s keynote. I’ll try and make today a bit more coherent!

“The most powerful learning experience in my life has been as a blogger”

Type the word ‘Will’ in Google, and you get will’s site – think about it! – how easy is it to find what Will has to say!

This is not a conversation about technology – rather it is a conversation about what can we do – it is about imagination. The software has become easier and easier to use.

Have you heard of ‘One red paperclip’. In a year he would trade a paperclip all the way until he got a house - staring with a paperclip on the 12th July 2005 he would trade this for anything – here is his trade list – trade to a fish-pin, then doorknob, coleman stove, generator, party tent, snow mobile, a week in Yahk Canada, cube truck, professional recording contract, one year in my house rent free in Phoenix Arizona, an afternoon with Alice Cooper – what will his next trade be?

Anime music videos – mash-ups of anime and music – how can we be creative?

There are now 1 billion people on the net – 10 billion pages. 1 trillion links – this is the most powerful bit. This is the old web…

…the new web is the read/write web. Web 2.0. Tim Berners-Lee when creating the web wanted it to be not just about reading, but about writing as well.

70,000 new blogs each day. 1.2 million new posts of content each day. 7 million new pages each day.

This is global, not just North America – check out www.globalvoices.com .

Not just linking pages, but linking ideas, conversations, and people

www.touchgraph.com visual reference of how your site links to others

‘Learning is in the network’ – Freeman (I hope I got that right – can someone tell me?)

We now have an active, participatory web.

Lawrence Lessig in his book ‘Free Culture’ talks about copyright law – why can’t authors assign their own copyright

Matthew Bischoff podcast clip – his sense of audience is great – he is not podcasting for mum and dad – listen to how animated he is – he is 13.

Tess – Will’s daughter now want to write more books – she wants to because she knows people are reading it.

It is highly motivating for the pupils when they get comments from others.

We need to be open to learning from our students – there is nothing wrong with that.

Will spoke about ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ – he liked the word ‘link’ in successful learners. If we take away nothing from this talk today, then take away this – our classroom is not bound by 4 walls – we can make connections all over the world.

To what extent does the read/write web change everything about our practice as educators?

- change of focus from ‘closed’ to ‘open’.
o MIT opencourseware – you can take a course at MIT for free – all the resources are there.
o The entire South African curriculum is being built on a wiki
- Rip, mix and learn society
o Teacher as a DJ – as teacher you can choose what your kids need at any given moment
o 43 things – on this site you put up a list and you are making immediate connections with other people
- From some time to any time learning
o ‘Pull’ vs ‘push’ – we can now gather knowledge from anywhere, instead of push information at our students
- ‘Working alone’ to ‘working together’
o We live in a collaborative world – the best example is wikipedia – think about what is happening here – we need to teach our kids how to collaborate
o I will collaborate with my peers around the world, while you collaborate with your peers in the classroom
- ‘Hand it in’ vs ‘publish it’ – think about the change this would make. We could move away from the ‘what did I get’ mentality.
- Students can teach
- From experts
o Read what others write - bloglines
o Read what others read – ‘furl’ or ‘del.icio.us’
- From ‘know what’ to ‘know where’
- How many of us did not do well in science, because we couldn’t remember formulas? It wasn’t because we couldn’t use the formula!
- From ‘information literacy’ to ‘network literacy’ – we need to know how to become self motivated, life long learners.

Big questions –
1. What do we have to adjust to this change in technology?
2. How does our role as teacher change when we bring primary soruces into the classroom?
3. How do we define literacy when kids not just read, but create?

We have to provide good models of use, be creators, be collaborators, and mentor critical thinking – we need to be change agents.

This is all about imagination.

What are you willing to trade from your old classroom, so that your students are 21st century thinkers/citizens?


Blogger marlyn moffat said...

My imagination hurts.

2:08 am  

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