Friday, April 19, 2013

Connectivism, Social Media and Participatory Learning 3/17/2013

March 17,2013

This week we focused on the role of connectivism, social media in participatory culture.
I read Opening Plenary at NMC 2010 by Mimi Ito. She is a cultural anthropoligist who studies new media use in Japan and the US. She talks about the three principles: Knowledge of power, originality and appropriation, and assessment vs. reputation. Mimi made some very good points-  google isn’t making us stupid; we are just not using it the way we should. She talks about us expecting students to do original work after giving them the same and standardized assignments. This is such a great point, but with all of the standardized testing it’s so hard for teachers to do anything different. We are seeing an evolution of video ecology and we have to learn how to incorporate this creativity into our classrooms. Students can still do what is expected of them, but with some creativity. I think that the creativity depends on the teacher. It will probably be hard for older teachers who are used to teaching a certain way to incorporate any kind of technology into their classes.  After reading the article, Investigating Instructional Strategies for Using Social Media and Informal Learning by Baiyun Chen and Thomas Bryer, I was surprised to read that despite popular use of online social media, a low percentage of students and teachers use them for educational purposes. Social media has been defined in different ways. For this study, we use the definition advanced by Bryer and Zavatarro (2011, p. 327): “Social media are technologies that facilitate social interaction, make possible collaboration, and enable deliberation across stakeholders. These technologies include blogs, wikis, media (audio, photo, video, text) sharing tools, networking platforms (including Facebook), and virtual worlds.” The technologies of particular interest in this study are those that are web-mediated, thus falling within the realm of read/write collaborative Web 2.0 tools (Bryer & Zavatarro, 2011). These contrast with media tools that have social features, but which may not connect individuals or groups through the Internet (e.g., response system technology, Rishel 2011). I think that social media is our future. As older teachers retire and young, creative teachers take over, we will see more and more social media being used in classrooms.

 This week my group and I used Xtranormal to create our webquest movie. We have never used Xtranormal before. We had a lot of fun putting this together. I would definitely use this in my classroom.


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