4 reasons to use Creative Commons

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In the social media age, sharing and repurposing are common place. This raises a number of tensions around creativity, intellectual property and copyright. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright management system that goes a long way to addressing these issues. Creative Commons licences can enable teachers everywhere to access content and share their ideas freely.

Freinet and social media

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When I wrote Blogging with Freire , I was speculating on what that great Brazilian educator and theorist might have made of educational blogging - a concept he never knew, because he died before the Internet and social media came in to common use. If he had seen them, what might Freinet have made of digital technology, and what would he have said about social media in education?


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#40years of educational technology: Social media

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By 2006 several social networking sites were enjoying surges in popularity, including MySpace, Bebo and of course, Facebook. Social media lend themselves naturally to support learning through discussions, collaboration and sharing. They are vital components of the web, and social media are important for education - because learning is essentially social and personal.

Tools for conviviality? Illich and social media

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Ivan Illich hoped for a time when the transmission model of education, or ''funnels'', would be replaced by ''educational webs'' - his notion of what we now recognise as social networks. What would Illich have made of the social web? In so many ways, the social web mirrors Illich''s ideas for ''information exchanges'', and ''peer matching'' services, especially where facilitated through mobile, internet enabled personal devices.

Making a splash!

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As with any other social media platform, there are useful devices such as trending search notifications, API/developer sections and licensing advice, and there are special zones where you can find wallpaper or slide background images. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

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Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons , personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, sharing and repurposing content, knowledge and artefacts for education.

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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.

It’s Not Personal

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When interacting with social media, we really ought to take this into consideration, both sending messages and interpreting them. Several articles have been written about how to do this well, yet missed meaning is still common. Nonetheless, misunderstandings are common. Rock ‘em Sock ‘em photo courtesy Flikr user Garth Johnson. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Top ten UK education blogs

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Photo by Hence The Book on unsplash Today I was notified that this blog has been listed in the top ten of the UK's most influential education blogs by Vuelio for 2019. This blog comes in at number 4 for 2019, so I'm delighted that the metrics (visitor traffic, design, social media shares, post frequency, interactions, etc) support the many hours of effort I make each month to contribute to the knowledge of my learning community.

Schools and online education

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Photo by Sergey Zolkin on unsplash Many educators are now investigating how online technologies can improve, extend or enrich teaching and learning experiences. We see many creative uses of personal technologies, such as games consoles, smart phones and e-readers, and social media can be used in a variety of ways to promote deeper engagement and reach.

Two innovations that have changed learning forever

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In the 90s we saw the rapid evolution of the Internet and video conferencing , followed closely by the emergence of mobile phones and the social web. Social networks, blogging , podcasting, online repositories such as Wikipedia and YouTube, and the rapid convergence of older technologies began to shape the educational technology landscape and brought us to where we are right now.

Changing the learning landscape

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Changing the learning landscape is a one day workshop on social media and learning in higher education that will be held at the University of Warwick on April 24. It''s funded by the Higher Education Academy and the strap line for the event is interesting, intending to cover the ''realities of social media in learning and teaching: Making effective, safe, efficient and appropriate use of social media''.

'Just for me' learning

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Recently, there has been a shift to deeper forms of personalised learning, especially in the context of personal learning tools such as smart phones and social media. Photo by Japanexperterna.se on Flickr 'Just for me' learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 You've probably heard of 'just in time' learning.

What has been and what is yet to come

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Photo by Guillaume Speurt on Flickr Tallinn is one of my favourite European cities. 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. business connected corporate Distance Education EADL Estonia learning school Skype social media Technology university


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million search enquiries on Google, nearly 2 million photos created on Snapchat , over 4 million hours of video watched on the video sharing channel YouTube (and 400 hours uploaded), nearly half a million tweets sent on Twitter, and more than 16 million text messages sent. It resonated, with many people sharing and liking the update (itself a measure of interest in the social media age). This is where knowledge about social media and how it works is important.

Confessions of a teacher

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons During the life of the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCon), we tried to be innovative, introducing new features each of the ten years the event ran. Gerver, 2019, p 19) Gerver documents some of the issues around teachers trolling each other and being openly hostile if they see ideas that they cannot agree with on social media.

Cut and thrust

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Posted on the BERA blog , Peter Ford made the argument that unless academics and educationalists engage with classroom teachers on social media, they are in danger of being consigned to the periphery. Classroom teachers in their tens of thousands (this is no hyperbole) have a significant presence on social media sites, where pertinent discussion is published on a daily, or even hourly basis. edchat #edchatie #ukedchat BERA education learning social media Technology

Yeah, right

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Photo from Pixabay Or in other words. Newspapers and media channels in particular revel in pushing sensationalist headlines that attract people who seem to be starved of sensory input. It was always thus, but in the age of the web, smartphones, social media and connections at the speed of thought, the dumbing down of content and the spreading of lies seems to be accelerating. That's my response to a lot of news headlines these days.

Selfie number 4

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In this photo I'm with Jay Cross and Graham Attwell, at a conference in Salzburg, Austria. 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 then wrote and published a flurry of papers on social media and education, and around the same time I set up this blog.

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A little more conversation

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My Personal Learning Network (PLN) is the vehicle that carries me to this learning, and social media is the highway that enables me to get there. The dialogue I enjoy is accessed via my PLN, often through Twitter, but can also come from LinkedIn or Facebook, Google Hangouts or even YouTube and any number of other of the social media platforms I use.

Selfie number 7

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She talked about how social media was making a huge impact on learning, and gave some great examples from her own professional practice. And of course, Shelly has a huge following on social media, and is a prolific speaker and presenter on the international circuit. Photo by Steve Wheeler Selfie number 7 by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Open or shut?

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Additionally, the potential of social media to amplify content and expand reach exponentially should also be acknowledged. Photo by Justinc on Wikimedia Commons Open or shut? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 blogging education knowledge learning peer-review publications research social media Technology

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5 survival tips for new university students

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Similarly, don't disrespect your lecturer online on social media sites, even if your account is protected/closed. Rude remarks on social media have a habit of getting back to those you have written about. You will need to chill out now and then, and there are plenty of great social activities and societies you can be involved in. cheating education learning lecturers plagiarism social media university

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. We started by discussing the rapid development of new technologies such as social media and mobile phones, and their implementation in work place learning. So don't turn your backs on social media in the workplace.

Why schools shouldn't ban smartphones

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I can take you to many schools in the Plymouth area where technology is being used responsibly and creatively to engage children, enhancing, extending and enriching their learning experiences. They use smartphones and tablets to solve maths problems, blog to develop their creative writing skills, build robots and learn how to code. blogging education learning ofsted robots smartphones social media Special Educational Needs Technology

Share trading

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The entire social web is founded on freely shared content. Prior to the social web, public sharing wasn''t that common a theme. Sharing content for free was amplified into popularity by the advent of the social networks. The arrival of Creative Commons licensing made free sharing a more attractive proposition for everyone. The educational implications of social media culture are clear. We teach our children that sharing is good.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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Photo by Steve Wheeler This is the first of a short series of posts, presenting my thoughts leading up to a keynote speech I will give at EDEN 2019, in Bruges. The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Connected pedagogy: Smart technology by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Our viral web

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But we all have access to the power of social media, and with appropriate use, and with enough of us involved, we are all watchers - and we can all make a difference. Reading a blog post by Jonathan MacDonald today got me thinking about the vast, untapped potential of the social web to inform, challenge, educate and motivate. He reported it online, sharing his outrage with his social network. Subsequently others loaded it up in several versions to Wikimedia Commons.

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Three things

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Secondly, learning needs to be social. Increasingly, such contact and communication is mediated through technology, and social media tools are ideal for this purpose. His Zone of Proximal Development theory has been central to our understanding of how we learn in social contexts. Now many learners are exploiting the power of social media to build and engage with equals in personal learning networks.

#EDENchat Up close and personal

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Personal devices and the free and widespread access to social media have amplified the concept of PLEs to the point that they have become ubiquitous, and therefore run of the mill. Photo by Jourixia on Deviant Art Up close and personal by Steve Wheeler was written in Preston, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 education learning personal devices PLE social media

Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning

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In a recently published article, my colleagues Maged Boulos, Dean Giustini and I write about how learning through social media is transforming medical practices, health care and education. Learning is essentially a social activity, where people scaffold and extend each other’s knowledge gain [ 54 ], but in recent years, new theories have emerged to explain distributed forms of learning that have been made possible through mobile technology and social media.

It's complicated

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We discussed the evolution of social media in higher education and also how institutional virtual learning environments (learning management systems) are being developed to cope with new demands of new learners. Here's the video: Photo by Steve Wheeler It's complicated by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Our mutual friends

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It fascinated social psychologist Stanley Milgram. So Milgram''s notion of six degrees is not so much a theory of learning, more a social contact theory, but it has significant implications for learning in the social media age. Milgram theorised that it could be established that no-one is separated from anyone else in the world by more than six social contacts. Who we know and who they know, he believed, define our social structure.

All our yesterdays

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Yet once he gained an understanding of the concept of social networks - that he could find and connect people he knew, and send them messages and photographs and share links, instantly, no matter where they were in the world - he was in like Flint. Those like him who venture into a potentially bewildering high tech world such as social networking, should be considered real treasures of our society. blogging education FaceBook history learning social media Technology

Who we are

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There always seems to be a discussion about questions around identity on popular social media channels. Guido Gautsch , a teacher in Melbourne agreed, but argued that it was probably not possible to separate them on open social media platforms such as Twitter. At Reading University, Pat Parslow thought that separation had to occur, and saw a social dimension, asking whether PLNs were ''built, uncovered, grown or nurtured?'' Who are you?

PLN or CoP?

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That''s quite an apt result because Google and many of the other large, supposedly ''free'' social media tools are very much focused on making money to sustain their operations. Nor is it about the morality of social media companies. But it is about making connections for learning through the ''free'' tools we have at our disposal - social media. Photo by Steve Wheeler PLN or CoP?

#LearningIs symbolic

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Some people display framed certificates on their walls, or photos of their degree ceremony. Many keep libraries of books, journals and other media on their shelves, used for reference to remind them of theories, principles or methods they wish to recall. Some represent their learning through their conversations , both face-to-face and virtually through social media, with their colleagues, scholarly friends and associates. How do you represent your learning?

Making sense of digital

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I learn a lot from discussions on social media channels such as Twitter. 3 things you should know about digital literacies Digital literacies in the age of remix Photo by Steve Wheeler Making sense of digital by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 edenchat competencies Digital e-safety EDEN education learning literacies online remix social media Technology university

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