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Connected pedagogy: Shared minds

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From the telegraph, through the telephone and radio and television, to 21st Century satellites, smartphones, the Internet and social media, all were designed to communicate. The entirety of the global social network we all inhabit is predominantly about sharing our minds. I call this connected pedagogy. When people connect using technology, they seek out commonalities and look for shared experiences. One essential element of connected pedagogy is communication.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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My thoughts on this are still emerging, so please feel free to contribute your own thoughts in the comments box below. The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. A variety of new approaches to pedagogy have been introduced as a result of our hyperconnected society (of which more in a future blog post).

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New spaces, new pedagogies

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Here's the abstract for my keynote: New Spaces, New Pedagogies: Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Education A rapid emergence of social media – the so called ‘Web 2.0’ – has opened up new opportunities for participatory learning in all sectors of education. They can easily connect into and maintain contact with multiple communities of interest, gaining access to experts using social networking tools such as Myspace and Facebook.

Inspire to learn

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The conference is themed around excellence in teaching of the social sciences, which reflects my own professional and academic background. During my undergraduate degree I specialised in psychology, but also studied a number of other social sciences, including politics, economics, sociology and human geography. I plan to explore several of the older social science theories, and compare and contrast these with some of the newer, emerging theories to determine what they offer.

Top ten UK education blogs

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So it was very gratifying to see that Vuelio (a company that specialises 'in software for public relations, public affairs and stakeholder communications professionals seeking to identify, understand and engage with the right influencers for them – whether they’re part of mainstream or emerging media, or influential within more niche, real-world networks' ) had published its latest research into which education blogs in the UK are the biggest influencers, and rated mine so highly.

Corporate learning in the digital age

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Some are ditching their training rooms in favour of digital delivery of content, and bosses that are forward thinking are investing in social learning, social media and mobile devices to support the learning of their employees. When I was invited to speak at a Human Resources and Corporate Learning conference in Cologne, Germany I did an interview about how organisations are remodelling their learning strategies around new and emerging technology.

What has been and what is yet to come

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In this presentation I will explore the use of MOOCs, AI, social media, smart mobiles, virtual worlds, augmented and virtual reality, as well as some of the emerging associated theories, to evaluate their effectiveness on pedagogy. What has been and what is yet to come by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Selfie number 4

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I first met Graham at an event in the UK around 2006, just when I was becoming aware of the potential of social media such as wikis, blogs and social networking platforms as a learning tools. I made my mind up around about this time that I needed to do a lot more research into this emerging field of openness, and decided that social media were the ideal tools to promote this concept.

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I blog and I understand

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Some of my posts have dealt with emerging or exotic new technologies that I believe will have an impact on education. blog and I understand by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 blogging dialogue education learning sharing social media I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I blog and I understand.

Being there

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It's a common psychological phenomenon to feel that although you are separated by distance, the technology actually mediates your connection with someone else. Feelings of intimacy, or warmth, or common understanding through technology all fall under the category of social presence.

Shifting sands

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Such approaches to pedagogy were rooted in the behaviourist model of psychology that privileged expert knowledge and formalised its transmission to novices. Education premised on this philosophy has been commonly referred to as the ''factory model'' because of its parallels to industrialised working, which included batchprocessing, rationalisation of resources, synchronised behaviour and homogenisation of product.

Manufactured education

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Describing the disruptive and transformational impact of this technological wave, Toffler wrote: "The emergent civilisation writes a new code of behaviour for us and carries us beyond standardisation, synchronisation and centralisation, beyond the concentration of energy, money and power. The use of mobile telephones and social media has also promulgated democratic change and political upheaval in recent years.

BETTing on the future

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I also chair the Faculty’s Digital Learning Futures group which is there to think about and develop new responses to the needs of education, including the integration of new and emerging technologies, and the development of new learning spaces. The currently oil rich countries now need to look to new and emerging industries that will replace fossil fuel economies, and that are more sustainable. By good pedagogy.

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Generation next

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It's safe to claim that much of higher education is firmly rooted in the past , reflecting colonial history, traditional values and 20th (or even 19th) Century pedagogies. This might be seen as a generalisation, because there are some pockets of innovative pedagogy to be found in every large education institution. Yet innovative pedagogy in higher education is not prevalent, and academics are generally reluctant to change their methods.

BETTing on the future

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I also chair the Faculty’s Digital Learning Futures group which is there to think about and develop new responses to the needs of education, including the integration of new and emerging technologies, and the development of new learning spaces. The currently oil rich countries now need to look to new and emerging industries that will replace fossil fuel economies, and that are more sustainable. By good pedagogy.

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Passing of the year

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Social media channels may have glowed red hot with the seemingly relentless demise of a procession of celebrities - entertainers, astronauts, authors - occasionally entire bands, and other well known individuals from the public sphere. Less reported in the mainstream media was the passing of a number of important individuals that have impacted significantly on the world of education. 2016 was arguably an unprecedented year for celebrity deaths.

Power sharing

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In my last post I discussed Daniel S Christian''s three trends of an emerging pedagogy. I speculated on whether a new social divide might also emerge as a result of the new pedagogy he outlines. On the student side, this can mean an emphasis on learners supporting each other through new social media, peer assessment, discussion groups, even online study groups but with guidance, support and feedback from content experts."

Stuck in the past?

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In 1970, sociologist Alvin Toffler predicted: ' Within thirty years, the educational systems of the United States, and several Western European countries as well, will have broken decisively with the mass production pedagogy of the past, and will have advanced into an era of educational diversity based on the liberating power of the new machines.' By mass pedagogy, he referred to the factory production model of education that schools have been caught in for over a century.

The EDEN interviews: Manjula Srinivas

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Sitting down with her after her keynote at the summer EDEN conference in Jonkoping, Sweden, we discussed a number of issues around diversity and inclusion, the use of technology in education, games based learning, peer learning and emerging learner-led pedagogies. Manjula's personal views on the use of social media, smart mobile phones and youth engagement are particularly thought provoking.

Who's driving?

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Ireland's Youth Media Team were in great evidence throughout the day, resplendent in their bright red t-shirts, busy documenting the proceedings using a variety of media and technologies. I talk a lot about the emerging theory of paragogy and how it can be applied. Their questions were astute, touching on subjects such as the issues and challenges social media brings to conservative environments such as schools.

New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

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The last two decades alone have seen a rapid rise in popularity of the World Wide Web, smartphones, social media, social networks, augmented reality, wearable technologies and user generated content sites. New trends have emerged including blended learning , personalised learning environments ( PLEs ) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), mobile learning and the flipped classroom.

What is digital learning?

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We''re also in the age of the learner as their own node of production – it''s exciting to see students working with their teachers to create, organise, repurpose and share content on a global scale through social media and personal devices. At the social end of the spectrum, these tools can offer infrastructures to benefit the entire community, whilst at a personal level, each students will be potentially able to benefit.

Learning theories for the digital age

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I pointed out recently that many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age. Do we need them to describe and frame what is currently happening in an age where everyone is as connected as they wish to be, where social media are the new meeting places, and where mobile telephones are pervading every aspect of our lives. I blogged about some of the new theories that seem appropriate as explanatory frameworks for learning in a digital age.

#40years of educational technology: Games

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From cinema, through to television, the experience of media was defined by an amalgamation of sound and vision. It was developed into an art form, and obviously survives today in many new and emerging forms. Toward the end of the last century, the Web began to emerge as the convergent point for media. Sadly, much of education has been slow to exploit the potential of social technologies, and in particular has not grasped the huge potential of social games.

#40years of educational technology: Games

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From cinema, through to television, the experience of media was defined by an amalgamation of sound and vision. It was developed into an art form, and obviously survives today in many new and emerging forms. Toward the end of the last century, the Web began to emerge as the convergent point for media. Sadly, much of education has been slow to exploit the potential of social technologies, and in particular has not grasped the huge potential of social games.

A day in the life: The quantified self

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The emergence of wearable devices. The use of life-logging technologies is one emerging aspect of the quantified self. What if the data fell into the wrong hands, or more likely - what if people indiscriminately share their intimate, personal data on social media sites, as they already do with images and other personal information? Clearly there are several concerns that have yet to be addressed around this emerging concept.

Good morning Barcelona!! Jim Groom at #EDEN15

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Groom is also responsible for coining the term ' EDUPUNK ', a nod to the remixing and do-it-yourself culture that has emerged in recent years in education as a refection of the 1970s punk music scene. He has set up a number of alternative learning experiences, but most notably, his MOOC on digital storytelling, more commonly known as ds106, has had tremendous impact on what we now consider to be possible with global, networked learning.

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Help yourself

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In this post, we take a look at an emerging theory of learning proposed by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon, known as Heutagogy. It is not difficult to see that such sharing of knowledge can be easily achieved through social media and the use of personal digital technologies. This is number 15 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

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Learning pathways

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Hase and Kenyon contextualise heutagogy with reference to complexity theory, and suggest a number of characteristics including 'recognition of the emergent nature of learning' and 'the need for a living curriculum'. The advent of social media, mobile communications and digital media facilitate large, unbounded personal learning networks that mimic the characteristics of rhizomes. I recently heard a story about the building of a new university campus.

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Blogging with Freire

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Paulo Freire, that great Brazilian educational thinker died in 1997, just as the World Wide Web was emerging in the Western world. So Freire didn't actually live to see the power and potential of social media, or the impact blogging would have on education. Here is my interpretation of some of his ideas, drawn from his most celebrated book 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed', and presented in six key points as they might apply to the art of educational blogging. not exactly.

Who will survive?

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In the age of social media, content is no longer scarce. Citizen journalism is now a regular feature in much of mainstream media news coverage. Fortunately, new models of education are now emerging, many of which avoid content and instruction, and instead focus on expertise, tutoring, mentoring, guidance and specialism. What we will see is a drastic pruning of the dead wood, to make way for new shoots of growth to emerge.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Brent Schlenker: Marketers and Game Developers Know More About Learning Than We Do!

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news – using media to tell stories. How do we use new and emerging technologies in the learning space? We bow to the will of the SME… Little room for creativity New technology gives us new tools. That’s where most creative talent in organizations go. Different media involved in an ad campaign. Don’t just read learning design and pedagogy books. Common Craft Videos Great at explaining. But creativity !=

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