These are my notes from Carl Anderson‘s (@anderscj on Twitter) presentation “Utilizing Social Media” at the “Co-teaching and Collaboration Conference” in St Paul, Minnesota on 12 Nov 2010, at the School Community of Excellence. MY THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

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All session resources (this is designed as a six hour workshop): technoconstructivist.wikispaces.com/Utilizing+Social+Media

Story of the plane landing / crash in the Hudson river, related by Will RichardsonImportant to think about what it means to prepare ourselves and our students for this new media landscape where every one of us who engages with this medium can become a journalist
– we are the editors of the information we find

Now for a local example on YouTube: Search for “the uptake”
http://theuptake.org
– a citizen news organization located in Minnesota
– run out of a guy’s basement in Egan
– they collect newsworthy stories from regular citizens in Minnesota, and nationally
– they publish and post!

They were the only news network to cover the Al Franken situation a few years ago
– also the Republican convention here
– most videos you saw of the riots / protests we had were taken by UpTake citizen videographers

Citizen journalism is just one element of this broader topic of social media
– now to change gears and bring it to the classroom

Video of recording lectures, teachers using social media to reverse the way things happen in the classroom (teachers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams)FOR MORE ON THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM, SEE MY POST, “The Fisch Flip in Michigan: Dale Eizenga on flipping traditional lecture and homework routines

YouTube is only five years old today

Now telling story of using a wiki in class, where artists contacted students about their work and critiques
– artist in Australia ended up asking Carl’s students to send him some questions on YouTube, and he would respond
– since the artist has taken his content off YouTube
– this was transformative for learning in our classroom

Now watching The Ultimate Rube Goldberg Machine

Watching this led to weeks of physics experiments and learning in Carl’s basement for his five year old – so inspirational!

Discussing a paper called “The Production Gap” by a student of Henry Jenkins, who addressed content filtering issues
– issue is that our more affluent kids are being taught how to responsibly produce media, but kids in poorer schools are only taught how to be media consumers

The Digital Divide And Web 2.0 Collide: The Digital Production Gap

The Digital Divide And Web 2.0 Collide: The Digital Production Gap

I SHOWED BALANCEDFILTERING.ORG AND DISCUSSED THE IDEA OF THE “GRADE MY FILTER” APP I WANT TO DEVELOP SOON…

Social Media & the Production Gap (Carl’s post)

Now discussing “Project Copernicus” in Tim Wilson‘s district here in the twin cities area
– students bring their own devices to school from home
– the network is setup “smart” to permit this and keep things secure
ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools

I MENTIONED TIM ALSO HAS THEIR NETWORK CONFIGURED AS A “SMART NETWORK” WHICH THROTTLES BANDWIDTH FOR VIDEO STREAMING AND OTHER APPS, SO OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACADEMIC COMPUTING NEEDS AREN’T CHOKED OFF BY BANDWIDTH HOGS. I MENTIONED OUR K-12 SCHOOL NETWORKS NEED TO GET ‘SMARTER’ LIKE THIS AND LOOK MORE LIKE COLLEGE CAMPUS NETWORKS. SEPARATE PUBLIC AND STAFF WIFI NETWORKS. INTRUSION PROTECTION TO STOP MALWARE. IT WOULD ALSO BE GREAT TO RUN COMPUTERS THAT DON’T HAVE MALWARE, LIKE MACS. :-)

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Be careful what you Tweet (video by Carl)

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Be careful what you Tweet from Carl Anderson on Vimeo.

GREAT SESSION BY CARL!!! REMEMBER EVERYTHING IS LINKED FROM CARL’S WIKI!

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