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 Richardson
Important 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”
- 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
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
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.
GREAT SESSION BY CARL!!! REMEMBER EVERYTHING IS LINKED FROM CARL’S WIKI!
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On this day..
- Tough Creative Love: The Why and How of Creative Action - 2012
- Breakthrough Thinking by Peter Diamandis - 2012
- Encouraging Creativity in Education through Community & Technology - 2012
- Leading a Culture of Innovation by Sir Ken Robinson - 2012
- Creating Oral History Interview Videos on an iPod Touch - 2011
- iPad Doorprizes, Clearly Announced Conference Recording Permissions, & Ustreaming #micon - 2010
- Carl Anderson on Learning and the Purpose of School (video) - 2010
- Controversial Anti-Abortion Education Campaign at UNT - 2010
- Google Profiles, Online Reputation Management, and Digital Footprints - 2009
- Our next U.S. Secretary of Education - 2008