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. One essential element of connected pedagogy is communication. Unported License.

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? Unported License.


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Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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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). The fact that any of us can access knowledge, expertise and resources so we can learn at any time and in virtually any place, means that the way we see pedagogy must change. Unported License.

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Photo by Steve Wheeler In a previous post I outlined some of the metrics around the use of digital media, technologies and social networks. I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Most of us are connected to each other through numerous social media platforms. 2002) Smartmobs: The Next Social Revolution. Unported License.

Bear pit pedagogy

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One final point: We also give students the license to challenge us, and sometimes, if we feel it necessary, tutors may even debate each other in front of the students. Image source Bear pit pedagogy by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. education social media learning

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. Unported License.

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.

Schools and online education

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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. Tomorrow: 3 key questions for the future of online education Schools and online education by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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.

Digital age learning

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In my Learning is learning post yesterday, I started a debate about andragogy and pedagogy. In some ways, I argued, andragogy theory seems outmoded in the light of recent rapid developments in new teaching methods, learning resources and digital media. Both are highly applicable when we consider the advance of learning technologies and the deep pervasion of social media into many learning spaces, formal and informal. Unported License.

How to Make Online Learning Easy for First-Time eLearners


Although creating a How-to guide for each course may seem time-consuming at first, once this media has been created, it can be re-used as often as necessary across multiple courses. To help bridge these gaps — especially for older learners — you should balance the delivery of your material across multiple media types. YouTube caption example by Jil Wright via Flickr’s Creative Commons License.

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 Unported License.

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. Unported License.

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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. During the discussion we touched on several key issues that influence this, including digital pedagogy, personal devices, games based learning , interaction and immediacy in online environments, augmented reality, and the use of e-portfolios. Unported License.

Learning, storytelling and technology

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In particular, I built upon my recent blog series on narrative pedagogies, including a discussion around the use of literary devices in the classroom. There were discussions around blogging, animations and social media tools and their use in education. Unported License. ds106 digital narratives digital storytelling education Jerome Bruner learning pedagogy Technology

I blog and I understand

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Across the years, my top five posts so far have been: Fire and Brimstone (>92,000 views, went viral when linked to a certain web image), Teaching with Twitter (>56,000 views and featured twice on the BBC News website), 7 reasons teachers should blog (>39,000 views and retweeted almost 1000 times), The Meaning of Pedagogy (>33,000 views) and A Convenient Untruth (one of my most controversial posts with more than 30,000 views). Unported License. I hear and I forget.

Being there

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Feelings of intimacy, or warmth, or common understanding through technology all fall under the category of social presence. Short, Williams and Christie (1976) argued that there is a spectrum of social presence inherent in the affordances of available technologies. Unported License.

#EDENchat How effective is mobile learning?

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The advent of social media has further advanced this evolution at a pace. There will no doubt be several conversations, some around usability, others around technological or social trends, and of course, we will address the perennial questions about pedagogy and the impact of technology on learning. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Self organised learning spaces

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I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Clearly, the temptation is to perpetuate this kind of didactic pedagogy approach when one is expected to teach. Many however, are breaking out of this mould, and are launching into new kinds of pedagogy which enable learners to take control, and where teachers are another resource to be called upon when needed. Unported License.

The past and the future

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Clearly the binary is used as a rhetorical device, and in reality, each teacher is unique in the way they approach and practice their pedagogy. It's a discussion around far more important issues and rises above the petty and unproductive squabbling that currently rages on social media. Image by Wes Kieschnick The past and the future by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

It's a complicated business.

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Image from Pexels Two recent articles have prompted a flurry of commentary on social media around the quality of learning in higher education. A year long study found that younger academics held on to strong ideas about what they considered to be 'good pedagogy', often because they had inherited these ideas from their own professors while studying at university. Unported License. Change grade higher education learning lecturers pedagogy quality students

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. In the keynote delivered to the INTO Staff Conference at Newcastle University on midsummer day - 21 June, 2013 - I will explore new technologies and new pedagogies, and offer some evaluation of some of the new digital age learning theories. Unported License.

Teacher beliefs

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Teacher beliefs about pedagogy are central to the successful integration of new technologies into schools. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 22, 453-474. Journal of Personality and Social Behaviour , 63 (5), 754-765. Photo by Steve Wheeler Teacher beliefs by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Technology teachers education change management social media schools learning teacher beliefs

On Aer

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We sat outside in the early spring sunshine of Portlaiose and discussed blogging, social media, the state of education, ideal schools of the future, innovation and technology, and a whole host of related topics. I emphasised the importance of blogging as a means of teacher professional development and best uses of technology in education (social media, interactive whiteboards, VLEs, videoconferencing, iPads), and we discussed choice and adoption of new technologies in education.


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Here is an excerpt from the website nomination, with endorsements from a former student and a current student: This team has been developing a collaborative, open and meaningful social media presence in e-learning and primary pedagogy. The team have put Plymouth on the national and international map amongst the social media in education fraternity. Photo by Amy Parkin Inspired by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Conversation as curriculum

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When teachers wish to promote democratic learning, students are given license to challenge and encouraged to discuss, debate, argue. In the digital age, conversation as curriculum can be extended beyond the classroom through the use of social media and other communication technologies. 1970) Pedagogy of the oppressed London: Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative Young, C. by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Parabolic learning

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The incorporation of a number of social media tools into the mix proved to be an amazing platform from which the students and I could reflect on the process of learning, and amplify our ideas to each other and the world. Over the coming week, the two teams (with the curation team in attendance) will therefore explore the history, culture, technology and pedagogy of MOOCs, a topic they are not particularly familiar with. Unported License.

Teacher voices

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It's great to keep in touch with them via social media to see how they are doing. They achieve this through innovative pedagogies, creating great learning spaces and with a liberal dose of technology. Photo by Tom Wilkins Teacher voices by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Video: The power and the story

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As politely as I could, I explained to him that making his students sit through a full 90 minutes of video was not particularly good pedagogy. These are important design principles in all media, and are particularly important in educational video. Video today In the digital age, where social media and mobile devices abound, it has never been easier to access video on just about any subject. Unported License.

Manufactured education

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The use of mobile telephones and social media has also promulgated democratic change and political upheaval in recent years. Social media played a vital role in Barack Obama's election success, and was instrumental in overthrowing governments in a number of countries during the Arab Spring. Even the long lived postal delivery service has seen declining popularity as a result of the increased accessibility of e-mail and social networking services.

Curiosity, cognition and content

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There is much debate about this question, especially with the advent of social media and services such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons , where anyone can contribute toward a global understanding of what we 'know'. Curiosity, cognition and content by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Image from Wikimedia Commons Where does knowledge come from?

BETTing on the future

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Education, whether face to face, or technology mediated, can play an important role in improving intercultural relationships and raising awareness of social responsibilities. Involving students in the production as well as the consumption of knowledge is a radical shift in education and can be achieved through the use of the new social media and personal technologies. By good pedagogy. Unported License.

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The height of SAMR

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The first two levels, substitution and augmentation are often referred to as low levels of technology integration, in as much as they do not substantially impact upon or transform pedagogy. The capabilities of social media to give students their own publishing or broadcasting platform has prompted an exponential rise in user generated content. Unported License. affordances blogging educaton integration learning pedagogy SAMR Technology

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. Unported License.

Learning as dialogue

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And yet these theories paid scant attention to the social contexts within which learning occurs. It was not until social theories such as Vygotsky''s social constructivist model were introduced that education as a whole began to capitalise on the dialogic power of learning. Indeed, the Zone of Proximal Development and other social pedagogy models were largely unheard of in the West before the 1970s. Unported License.

Blogging: Five of the best

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It's important to realise that the posts listed below have been amplified through social media, reposted and shared on various platforms, and also translated into other languages. The Meaning Of Pedagogy (>62,000 views, 8 comments) This was a post I wrote in response to questions from my students while working at the Plymouth Institute of Education. Unported License. blog education learning pedagogy schools teachers Technology

The future is not here yet

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The biggest surprise for me so far has been social media: it is the biggest thing in the last ten years to hit the world of learning technology. You already mentioned social media as one of the most important technologies that have changed learning. Together with social media those two innovations are transforming the way we work and learn. You predict in your blog that the future of learning apart from being social and mobile will be open.