Pedagogy defines School 2.0 (revisited)

I was reading Will’s post today It’s Not Just the “Read/Write” Web and then thanks to twitter John Pederson’s post on Networks (I think that’s what it’s on anyway). As I read I started thinking about a post I did back in January on defining School 2.0. Not sure if it’s OK to quote yourself but back then I wrote: School 2.0 although driven to change by the advancement of technology is not about technology, it’s about the advancement of society, of our culture as a world. Technology played a large part, but it is society that has changed. Everything from out-sourcing work to Asia, to the built in GPS in your car, to the phone/pda/web/music/video/picture iphone. Society has changed that’s why a new school is needed. If you think schools need to change because of technology…I’d argue you have it wrong. Schools need to change because our society has changed. And I still believe this is true. What is School 2.0? It’s the new network world we live in. In the past couple of year I have started looking at everything differently. Is it just me or do you go around noticing all the ways our society relays on networks? Today I went to the dentist where they took my picture because they are going  “Chartless.” Why? Because if all the information is in the computer they can easily access it from any room in the office. I go to room one and by the time I sit in the chair my chart is on the computer screen. The hygienist has a complete history of my visits, with pictures of my teeth and all the information she needs to do her job. The dentists in our area are also all forming a network to easily transfer and share files of patients. So now if I needed braces they would send the complete file electronically. Or what about last week when my wife was looking for a new pair of shoes. The store didn’t have them in her size but the lady helping us scanned the shoe and then looked at the inventory of 5 other stores within our area to see if they had the right size. With a couple clicks the nice lady tells my wife that the shoes will be in the store in two days. Will writes: But here’s the thing that’s been sticking with...

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Back from Digital Darkness

I’m returning this morning from my week of digital darkness. Although not complete darkness, enough so that the time away allowed me to refocus on what is important in life. My wife and I played Gin Rummy last night. The first time we’ve played in a really long time…it was nice. I’ve been disconnected before. Usually when on vacation and traveling both of which are usually not voluntary. This was the first time that it was truly voluntary for me to give up being connected outside of the school day. After 3:00 I didn’t touch a computer….difficult indeed. I even managed to post my techlearning article this past week during my online time at school so not to break the week streak. I did not go complete screen free as doing so would mean sleeping the whole week. The one concession that both my wife and I made was our cell phone and text messaging. It has become so much a part of the way we communicate that just because we were trying to give it up for a week, friends of ours would still text us. Making it a necessity to communicate. Is a screen a communication tool? I guess so, it’s a visual tool that we use to communicate in different forms. I didn’t complete all my offline tasks this week, but did enjoy getting through Knowing Knowledge by George Siemens. I’ve been carrying the pdf around with me for some time and started awhile back posting my highlights here. I’ll be doing that again in the coming weeks, and this book really gets to the heart of knowledge today and how these networks are changing the way we think, learn, teach, and interact. I have a lot of thinking to do on what I read and plan on posting much of it here.  Good stuff. I will be buying the book when I get back to the states this summer. I’m also thinking of using this as the text for the class I’ll be teaching this summer. So much good stuff that really pushes and pulls at your thinking. Enough for now….I’m back online, refreshed, refocused, and ready for some new deep thinking. Thanks for stickin’ around. 🙂 [tags]knowing knowldge, George Siemens, TVturnoff[/tags] Technorati Tags: knowing knowldge, George Siemens,...

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Offloading Knowledge

As I’ve been reading the book Knowing Knowledge the concept that George Siemens presents of offloading content and information into the network is finding a place with me. I’ve been thinking about this for days now and how my netvibes page has become my network of information. No longer do I have to learn something just in case, but instead the skill of being able to find information when I need it is what I need to learn how to do. Today was a great example. I’m getting a teacher all excited about creating digital stories. We were talking about me coming into the classroom to teach the students how to create the stories when I remembered that I really don’t know the ins and outs of Photostory3, the program we’ll be using. But I do know where to go to find that information. So a quick check of my PLN and my network of information and I found my del.icio.us bookmark to David Jakes Photostory 3 Tutorials. It’s this notion of offloading information into the network that makes, in my opinion, RSS feeds to be the #1 best web 2.0 tool for everyday users, and should be the #1 tool we start with when teaching teachers. Once you are connected to nods of information, and understanding how those nods create a personal network for you, do you take the next step and start becoming a nod for others. It would be interesting to see how many people started reading and collecting their nods of information before they became a nod themselves. I remember setting up a Bloglines account and adding feeds. Once I saw how amazingly cool this new tool was I was hooked and 3 weeks later I started this blog. I wanted to take this new network of information I was creating and add to it, remix thoughts, and add my voice to the conversation. Some people feel that way, others just read or read and comment using their network. Blogging isn’t for everyone (as much as I push everyone to do it) some people just don’t feel comfortable with it. (Fair enough, I don’t feel comfortable reading books) So as my first semester technology classes come to a close I’m starting to think about how I want second semester to run. I’m dropping Moodle all together in favor of the WordPress MU site I just...

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Knowing Knowledge Highlights 31-40

You can find the other posts here and here. From the book Knowing Knowledge by George Siemens the things I’ve highlighted. Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known. p. 31 Learning and knowing are constant, on going processes (not end states or products). p. 31 A constructivist view of learning, for example, suggests that we process, interpret, and derive personal meaning from different information formats. What happens, however, when knowledge is more of a deluge than a trickle? What happens when knowledge flows too fast for processing or interpreting? p. 33 A network model of learning (an attribute of connectivism) offloads some of the processing and interpreting functions of knowledge flow to nodes within a learning network. Instead of the individual having to evaluate and process every piece of information, she/he creates a personal network of trusted nodes: people and content, enhanced by technology. The learner aggregates relevant nodes…and relies on each individual node to provide needed knowledge. The act of knowing is offloaded onto the network itself. This view of learning scales well with continued complexity and pace of knowledge development. p. 33 The problem rests largely in the view that learning is a managed process, not a fostered process. p. 33 The content needs to be findable at the learner’s point of need, as compared to learning being provided just-in-case. p. 37 Course are fairly static. Knowledge is dynamic-changing hourly,daily. p. 37 [tags]Knowing Knowledge, George Siemens[/tags] Technorati Tags: Knowing Knowledge, George...

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Knowing Knowledge Highlights 21-30

OK, my second round of highlights from George Siemens’ new book Knowing Knowledge. You can find the first round here. What skills and processes do we need to work with soft knowledge? We have spent our history with hard/codified knowledge as a product. We now need to learn to work with soft knowledge as a process.-p 22 We can no longer rely on categorization to meet our needs in a rapidly evolving, global knowledge climate. We must rely on network-formation and development of knowledge ecologies. We must become different people with different habits. -p 23 Learning is more than knowledge acquisition. Often it is a process of several stages with several distinct components. -p 25 Knowledge today requires a shift from cognitive processing to pattern recognition. -p 26 Learning is the process of creating networks. Nodes are external entities which we can use to form a network. Or nodes may be people, organizations, libraries, web sites, books, journals, databases, or any other source of information. The act of learning (things become a bit tricky here) is one of creating an external network of nodes-where we connect and form information and knowledge sources. The learning that happens in our heads is an internal network (neural). learning networks can then be perceived as structures that we create in order to stay current and continually acquire, experience, create, and connect new knowledge (external). And learning networks can be perceived as structures that exist within our minds (internal) in connecting and creating patterns of understanding. -p 29 Not all nodes within a learning network continue to remain relevant. As an intelligent network, our mind continually reshapes and adjusts to reflect new environments and information. -p 30 A learner who continually encounters new information and knowledge, will dynamically update and rewrite his/her network of learning and belief. -p 30 Connectivism is a theory describing how learning happens in a digital age. Research in traditional learning theories comes from an era when networking technologies were not yet prominent. How does learning change when knowledge growth is overwhelming and technology replaces many basic tasks we have previously performed? -p 30 Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, complexity, and self-organization theories. -p 30 Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations. -p 30 I have been given time at tomorrow’s staff meeting to follow up on the...

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