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Digital Native Debate, #pelc10

Notes taken on my netbook – a bit rubbish, didn’t really seem to note who was saying what, but it was a great debate!

  • Digital Native Debate… (Prensky)
  • Visitor – does what they need to do, log in, log off and they vanish…
  • Resident – lives out a portion of their life online, an aspect of their persona will remain online… a place to be with other human beings…
  • To many – see the web as a social space, like a park on a sunny afternoon…
  • Could be brilliant visitor, but ineffective as a learner… visitor – sees the web as a toolbox, come in, use tool, then go away…
  • Context is really important…
  • “It’s not about academic or technical skills it’s about culture and motivation.”
  • [Use of Ustream camera – need to stay in shot?]
  • Come from technology or educational side? Similar – what are we trying to do with theories, paradigms, etc… Use technology to train social workers the best… Visitors/residents, “has a great beat, but I can’t dance to it”… Don’t know who that learner is until we walk into the classroom… but Prensky helps the students understand themselves… Doesn’t add up – dad uses iPhone with everything… he’s 60ish… [Tara]
  • Steve Wheeler[labelling = a restraint] … Let them use the tools without labelling – 2 unlabelled tins, if starving will eat it… Ageist, doesn’t mean not adept at technology! Everyone works to own skill & speed, why categorise them?
  • Cultural Difference… the Hole in the Wall project
  • Is it about the theories, or about the interpretations?
  • Debate masks digital literacy, digital divide (2001, v different world – Prensky partially refuted own theory)
  • If bring tech into the classroom, has to be for learning? Whiteboard not just for presentation tool, use it as an interactive tool…
  • Students wanting more technology not necessarily a driver for pedagogic change?
  • Use term ‘digital spectrum’?
  • Labelling, bad idea, self fulfilling prophecy – labelled as high achievers, they get more attention, so they become high achievers…
  • Students label selves? No, wouldn’t [dave] wouldn’t even let students know, but can be helpful for learning technologists who need to think about how learners MAY learn… Continuum = helpful…
  • Like Dr – want a label – feel helpful…
  • What IS a digital native – is it to do with using it for your vocation, or for learning?
  • Are we talking for digital or for learning – many are not technophobes, they’re just not interested… , they can’t see the point of it, so are we not describing the advantages well enough…
  • Too much technology isn’t transparent, requires time to adapt – so needs to be a reason for so..
  • Digital Wisdom – Prensky’s paper which refutes his own ideas, but it’s too confusing – so can’t be picked up and be used so well…
  • Are we failing the students if we don’t teach them how the new knowledge economy works?  Now they need so much more than …
  • Meeting local community centre – rich participation, don’t need to be literate…
  • Peer reviewed doesn’t necessarily mean better?! Has to be done properly, as does your own use – if you think it will work, try it out and see…
  • Those not reflecting visibly on social networking, probably have their own techniques that are useful – respect those, don’t take the technologically deterministic approach…  e.g. Second Life may work for small seminars, but not for large classes?!
  • May be a digital native outside, but not in the classroom, may have multiple attention streams… that’s how they behave but have their brains changed, so does it work for them – evidence seems to be that they shouldn’t…
  • Using technologies as artefacts, or just as tools…
  • My reality isn’t the same as your reality, and my favourite tools aren’t yours… etc  Reality has to be negotiated within the group, and each will have a different reality…
  • Pedagogical need – use the appropriate tool to reach the learning objectives….
  • Dave WhiteMost of the debates are about larger social issues – tend to be framed by technology…
  • Is Facebook for rich kids – it’s based on an advertising model!! It’s part of the capitalist system…
  • Steve – name it, you tame it.. like learning styles, not helpful theories of categorisation, and look at people’s needs..
  • Dave – as presented by Prensky – dangerous. Digital Native debate is old hat… Digital Resident/visitor more helpful…  Don’t get caught up discussing these things – use it if it’s useful, use something else if you need it…
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TxtTools, #pelc10

  • TxtTools – for more than admin – using for learning & teaching
  • Send/receive texts directly from computer…
  • Audience Participation
  • Voting & Auto Responses
  • RSS to SMS
  • Personalised learning using Podcasts via sms
  • Text comments/code, students remain anonymous and can ask for more information…  chair/speaker can use which questions they wish…
  • Add value for students:
  • Simple participation by text message
  • Comments or questions in real time
  • Feel empowered to have their say
  • Remain anonymous
  • Inexpensive – standard network rates
  • Inclusion – works with any mobile phone
  • Interaction with real time voting
  • [Few unis have issue with cost… and yes, Twitter can do all this too… although students need a smartphone]
  • Voting – how does that work?
  • Ask a question with multiple choices
  • Delegates text answer
  • Converts inbound msgs to a piechart
  • Text in – affiliate labels to them, so piechart can give quick snapshot – takes a little while for responses to come in… maybe 30-60 seconds…
  • Configure poll through VLE (demo = blackboard, does it work with Moodle?) Give a bit of info and a polls option…
  • Inbox rules, filter on keyword, forwards to inbox, mobile, group, email… add to address book and groups, set up auto responses, inc web links to download podcasts or view web pages.
  • Can publish RSS feed to SMS
  • URL, how often to check, start/stop time…  can set up multiple feeds… Deliver MP3 & MP4 podcasts to students phones. Yorkshire College – lots of practical courses.. [Get hold of info…]
  • Diagram – photo -sending indiv texts to students reminding them of deadlines, etc…  word clouds, aggregating responses… using the texts for this…  see regular student responses…
  • Download presentations from txttools.co.uk… (event at Bath 19th May) – existing customers about how they’re using the tools (generically!)
  • Moodle for 3.5 years, done by courses. What protocol is in place? Speaker just taken over Hampshire…
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Dave White, Keynote, #pelc10

David has worked in the overlapping space between education, technology and media for over 16 years. He co-manages Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), an elearning research and development group at theUniversity of Oxford.

At TALL he is responsible for the production and delivery of a wide range of online distance courses. The courses include philosophy, art, literature, economics, history and even nanotechnology. Over 1000 students based around the globe enrol on these each term.

David released some of the first data on ‘web 2.0’platforms which contained the type of diagrams that have ‘social’, ‘studying’ and ‘professional’ nestling alongside each other to highlight out how these boundaries are blurring. He has also researched the wild frontiers of Virtual Worlds and Massively Multiplayer Online games in the context of teaching and learning.

He is keen to see beyond the technology to the larger underlying trends that are emerging as society moves online, exploring the motivations and aspirations of students as they engage with the web and with each other. His musing on these subjects can be found on the TALL blog.

Recently David has been closely involved in the work of the HEFCE Online Learning Task Force, which has been set-up with the aims of maintaining and developing the position of UK higher education as a world leader in online learning.

Notes taken on my netbook

  • Technology and education, why we’re in the room… digital technology – just a fancy tool – is this a good enough framing for the discussion… or should we think about learning/pedagogy first?
  • Students in Second Life – philosophy discussion – moved from 3rd person to 1st person… – how many layers away is that from ‘real’? Early 1980s, computing started to appear in schools… his Dad moved from teaching RE, to teaching computing, because he was interested… asked him how teaching computing would happen.. his Dad said in future would just be part of everyday life… BBC ‘The Computer Programme’… (1982)
  • Culturally what has happened – we can now get computers in every colour… in many ways more important than what’s inside it…  The iPad – same to 1982 – just the latest technology for this year… the difference, in 1982 – was ‘a geek’ with authority, whereas iPad = a model in jeans… – mostly because of visibility of the web – who’s in space…
  • The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions.. to many, this is what technology actually is…  So many things are under the banned of ‘technology’…  if we’re not clear how we think, then others will tell us how to think!
  • Role of technology?
  • Disappearing into use; disrupting the status quo – can do both…
  • Desire: ‘Disappear (Want), Disrupt (Need) – most of us want the tech to disappear, don’t want to have to think about it, but maybe they need it to be a bit disruptive… We need to challenge students, why have we talked about ‘the student as consumer’ – when have we ever given them what they want…
  • Pedagogy – want to pass assessment, need to do group work/collaboration [difficult/messy]
  • Technology – to pass assessment – use VLE, Email, Content; Group work – blogging, social media, content – multiple points of feedback/need to be human beings… If being innovative, going to be disruptive and not necessarily easy to embed, otherwise wouldn’t be labelled as innovation…
  • Motivation – http://bit.ly.pi2qv – visitors, residents – most students/tutors, choose to engage/not engage for particular reasons and have their own strategies for getting through…
  • Bickering. Between those who want to stick with what they have, versus new tech – we argue too much – we need both & need to talk to each other constructively… it’s like talking about the internal combustion engine, rather than stepping back about where we’re trying to head… e.g. the phone – post-technical, culturally normalised (as has email) – the phone is the conversations we have on it, rather than the phone…
  • http://bit.ly/5mh790 – we should be involved early so we can influence the development so it’s useful for us… too often a tool-specific solution.. all moves to post-digital as they are culturally normalised…how many of you are players/innovators, how many pragmatists? Difficult.. Don’t get tied up with specific platforms, but recognise are somewhere in this flow… Need to talk to each other, not geeks being gatekeepers…
  • [Images, should put the origins in the base left corner…]
  • Think about where you sit on these issues…. Much of what we’re doing is mainstream – we need a good grasp on strategy, maybe even politics… maybe able to influence how education is moving forward as a whole…
  • Henry Ford, if he’d asked, people would have said they wanted faster horses… so do we give people what they want or pay lip service?
  • All tutors/teachers are also learners – should be less clear cut distinctions. Govt saying we should just listen to the student voice… IS our job to challenge…
  • Good to create some anxiety to make them think, but not anxiety re what room they are in – how much technology just causes anxiety?
  • Web contact/communication not content… online learning, find if more than 20-30 they start dropping out as want the contact.. get a better deal than f2f. Blurred boundaries as many are presented in both formats…
  • What’s the difference between education and training? Discussion not just eating content…
  • Don’t be afraid of the banal… we spend 80% of our lives … if it contributes to learning!
  • Twitter – content – merely a bridge to relationship building..
  • If you’re not teaching, you’re talking…
  • How do you recreate those conversations that you can best have down the pub? Best places – have someone centrally focused, dragging them out of their faculties, talking to each other – but innovations generally come from grass roots – if you can’t draw that out, the individual leaves, and the institution loses, we keep re innovating the same thing… really skilled thing to make that work as people are talking different languages – don’t sit in own silos assuming that we know what the others think…
  • Is it beginning to appear in strategies – started to realise that e-learning strategy shouldn’t be around the technology but about the communications strategies… may be difficult/delicate job, but will find there tends to be a technical solution for things… We need the cakes… v. important..
  • Any large institution has problem of separate kingdoms – in role – understand politics, look good at big meetings, but talk on a human level…
  • Lots of places thinking that we can solve by offering with ‘online learning’ – UK education still hugely recognised as leading – we are in a global environment…  Think reassured that education not about to be industrialised, and can maintain our essence…
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Josie Fraser, Keynote, #pelc10

Josie Fraser is well known in the field of social media and learning, and writes regularly about her research on her blog SocialTech. Josie spreads her time and energy across a wide variety of social media/networking spaces, where she can be found experimenting with all manner of emerging technologies. At the ALT-C 2008 Conference, she received the prestigious Learning Technologist of the Year award and continues to be at the forefront of learning technology development. At this year’s conference Josie will talk about how social media can be used to liberate learners and how we might attain learning without limits in a truly anytime, anyplace context.

Notes taken from my iPhone

  • Benefits of being an Un-Googlable man – privacy, etc
  • Missing out on the benefits of being part of those and shaping what is now changing…
  • Knowledge capacity increases exponentially – using multiple brains…
  • Internet – an escape – a space outside real society… Nicer than our lives? Configured as a space for escape from our body/from dealing with other people/ coping with social difference…
  • E.g Facebook Dec 2009 – passed 300 million – Farmville 69 million users, Twitter 18 million active. Half time on phones – on Facebook. 1/4 under 13 have FB profiles.
  • Online – still recreating ourselves – not seperate from real worlds. ESP Second Life. Twitter – Twitpics – not seperate from physical bodies.
  • Previously had conversations with those in NZ etc – now with neighbours etc. Geolocation continuing..
  • Digital literacy – key – digital tool knowledge, critical thinking, collaborative skills, social awareness… [Becta]
  • 40% upading original content ESP photo & video – ESP their online identities. Not transparent ‘what we are really like’ – but constructed… (films, books etc I like) – even more popular than porn online. ID – fluid ..
  • Is it permissable to lie online?
  • Danah Boyd – persistent ID! Replicable searchable (Inc in job ints) scalable (not confined to those in tur room etc) delocatable…
  • Community – is thus the best word to use – more human connotations, user defined – feel a part ofthe community…
  • Scott Wilson taxonomy – communiies of practice – interest – less committed! cop – more committed…[5k Twitter browser]
  • Wenger – def cop – 2007 – collective learning
  • Forums for anorexics – we rarely talk about these communities – don’t shut down – wider social problem – belong to other communities etc.
  • Madeline Yomker – collab within network jot co-authoring.
  • J R Isidore  do androids dream of electric sheep? Don’t want to be the only person sat there as others have abandoned…
  • Can’t MaKe people join communities – but recognise the power of these.
  • Rethink sustainability – not there for all time – think what purpose it serves and how can we archive it so it’s still useful…
  • JISC – community mapping – place selves on the wall etc – thematic links round projects…
  • Elicit narratives – allows people to tell own story in their own … So old had Web 2.0 in the title…
  • Amplification – networks will benefit from bringing in the outside – formally/informally!
  • Make frameworks explicit – don’t enter online spaces in a vacuum! Jo freeman ‘the tyranny of structreness’ – otherwise same old people take over… Can see online – not all diversity – generally WAsps. Don’t assume everyone to join…
  • Humanise online spaces…
  • Invasion of men with beards… Conversations online can’t all ne serious – people can’t relax if doesn’t touch reality of who they are…
  • Play! Withing learning/games, etc… Alt reality games for student induction! Cheap & expensive -eg Evoke project – solve big social problems… See how comm dev in spaces
  • Free up data, massively important – eg how do we let our students use Twitter etc as a format for their work of they desire to do so…
  • Impact that having so many online have – edu insts not keen to embrace
  • QUESTIONS
  • We all have a dig footprint – all there – argue have diff groups and diff ids. Big issue – what we publish – then have much less say… Prof bs personal ids? Employment – if work for me you can’t have a social life – still working out these distinctions..
  • What about pictures put up by others. What do we do about those? James Clay – privacy is dead! Identity management online – need to be aware of – part of digital literacy – not having conversations about social understanding of what is approprate to put online! We don’t own our own identites – always need to negotiate that with others anyway – we need critical conversations that we’re not having at the moment… Not looking for permission to post everyone’s images but be mindful of how may be used – and if asked to take down, take down…
  • Simfin – be aware of prof – yes 🙂 digital divide – we’re comfortable with being online, etc – whereas others are uncomfortable with sharing info… Others don’t understand that we are rounded people … ?! And that’s ok. Dig div – about access – biggest harrier – don’t see the point… Beyond that tipping point… They’re not thinking about prof ids – more online for social purposes. Changing how much we do/how online – changing things… Positioning that it’s not real life – it is!!!
  • Uni Hudd – email, asking students not to friend/be offended. Schools dept for edu – personal space so not friend in schools – accusations of cyber bullying etc. Annoying when taken to a policy level… Look at ways to use but protect ourselves personally… Eg different profiles or other neutral spaces – eg groups/Twitter lists… Hard work of dig lit collapsed into edicts…
  • James Clay – say not friends as see pics – if illegal have to act on that – so use Ning instead… Hot word – safeguarding… If feel harassed, you feel it – you are – policy not enforced but in case someone makes a complaint. Professional boundaries! Available 24-7? Problematic when senior management decisions rather than community approches… Eg manage mobile phone situation…
  • ‘This is Me’ – digital ID… If staff & student – can not be friends? What about data protection act? If insist that students use particular social networks for courses – have institutional liability issues – eg terms & cones – age limits…
  • Steve – social inclusion – do you have a community anymore? J – if you have online comm does that mean no local comm – but are we now working towards restablishimg that?
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#Pelc 10

En route to The Plymouth 5th E-Learning Conference (#Pelc10,). The 5th Plymouth e-Learning Conference will examine the theme of e-learning in a time of change, and will challenge notions of traditional boundaries, learning spaces and roles. We will focus on new practices, new technologies, new environments and new learning.  There will be primary, secondary and tertiary education threads. We invite papers on the digital divide, e-learning methods and case studies, mobile and pervasive technologies, digital games, multi-user virtual environments, informal learning, new classroom technologies (PDAs interactive whiteboards, etc), personal learning environments, visual media (videoconference, digital photography), e-portfolios and social software (wikis, blogs, podcasting, etc).

I was quite busy tweeting at the conference (see all Tweets at TwapperKeeper):

Links to come here:

Read James Clay’s blog entries on #pelc10, and Steve Wheeler’s Links to #pelc10’s Digital Footprint