A Web of Connection-Will Richardson
25+ million kids blogging online
We listened to Matthew Bischoff from www.matthewbischoff.com a 13 year old podcaster from 2004.
We looked at Tess Will’s daughter’s weather book on flickr where 1000 people have viewed her book.
building networks with these read/write tools is what students are already doing, why are we not using it in the classroom?
It’s about imagination. We need to have the imagination to use these new read/write tools in our classrooms to change the way we teach reading, writing, thinking, and listening.
The web changes classrooms
MIT Open Courseware 500 free classes online.
From ‘do your own work’ to ‘work with others’
The web changes texts
wikis change text to be collaborative. i.e. Wikipedia
Rip, Mix and Learn
The web changes teaching
teachers need to become connectors
teachers need to get out of the way and allow students to learn from teachers they choose on the web
The web changes learning
Learn from teachers around the world. Anyone can be a teacher on the web.
Learner decides what, when, where and how she learns.
More important to learn how to learn and find information than content
From just in case learning to just in time learning
“Nomadic Learning” site to site, place to place finding the information the learner needs.
People want to learn in social ways
The web changes curriculum
audience have changed from 20 students to 1 billion users
From “hand it in to” to “Publish it”
iTunes K-12 podcasts
The web changes literacy
Do we teach students to read hypertext?
“On the net, documents/pages get their value to a large degree not from what they contain but from wheat they point to.” David Weinger
Literacy is editing
Literacy is networks
working in distributed, collaborative environments
The web changes computing
web as app
What needs to change when our students can publish to audiences outside the classroom?
How does a teachers role change when we can bring primary sources into the classroom?
myspace would be the 12th most populist country in the world
We need to teach myspace
“Change is inconvenient” -Al Gore
We take the tools they use out of their hands
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