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Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros

Understanding and Using Social Networks & Social Media

(Discussion notes for ASI 2010)

1) Introductory Activities:

  • Open discussion (introductions, backgrounds & experiences, goals, needs of learners).
  • Overview of social networks & networked learning.

What does it mean to be a connected educator?

  • The Typical Teacher Network - This diagram attempts to visualize the typical network of teachers.
  • The Networked Teacher - Increasingly more teachers are developing rich personal learning networks (PLNs) through the use of social media (sometimes called Web 2.0 tools).
  • PLE Diagrams - Scott Leslie has compiled comprehensive list of individuals who have visualized their personal learning environments.
  • What Does the Network Mean to You? - I asked the question of my network, "what does the network mean to you?". As a result, dozens of people responded via Voicethread (through text, audio, video) to explain their thoughts on networked learning and professional development.
  • 2010 Horizon Report - The Horizon Report (through the work of the New Media Consortium) is a qualitative research report that identifies and describes "emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations." This report focused on the next five years and included mobile computing, open content, electronic books, simple augmented reality, gesture-based computing, and visual data analysis.
  • Future of Online Learning: 10 Years On (2008) - Stephen Downes has done an excellent job describing the next 10 years of online learning in this essay.
  • RiP: A Remix Manifesto - A good open source film available through the National Film Board of Canada. It details the relevance and intricacies of remix/mashup culture. This is an important film to watch.

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2) Discussion of Tools Available (Setting Up Accounts):

3) Visual & Media Literacy and Digital Story Telling

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4) Video Sharing & Podcasting:

  • Discussion of podcasting, tools, and recommended podcasts.
  • Discussion of Video Sharing: Perception & Reality
  • Overview of Youtube, TeacherTube, Blip, Vimeo, Myna, etc.

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5) Next Steps:

  • Developing a Personal Learning Network
  • Become a connected learner.

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