March 10, 2014

Summary of Digital Citizenship and Identity by Alec Couros

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Digital citizenship 2014

Summary of Digital Citizenship and Identity by Alec Couros

Introductory Comments

Cybersafety Digital citizenship 1.0

Who are you chatting to online

I saw your online pictures

Posting personal information online by itself does not appear to be risky behaviours.

Social networking sites do not appear to have increased the risk of victimization by online molesters.

Sexual predation is a concern and existed before the internet, but is over blown by the media

Bullying and harassment are the most frequent by minors both online and offline

Big 4 control, fear, predictability and vulnerability.

Key Approach

  1. Content
  2. Remix
  3. Identity
  4. Netiquette
  5. Activism


How do approach educating children and adults in a world where the world’s most offensive behavior) what ever that means) is ubiquitous and at most a few strokes away?

How do we ensure that learners are critical creators and consumer of information in all contexts, online and offline?


Re Mix


Not all sharing is illegal and unethical

Creative Commons

Madeon pop culture live mash up

How do we develop a culture that respects and understands both creators and consumers and increasingly limit the distinction between these two groups?


In the past the way we mediated our identities was selective, closed and controlled. The average digital birth of children happens at 6 months

“ In Canada, US, UK, France, Italy Germany and Spain….81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”

All this is


Private by default and public with effort?

Law suits – Chad after the dentist? 2003 the Starwars Kid

Danah Boyd – pay attention to

Cameras are everywhere – the world is watching

Everything you do now  ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to act  as if you are on Candid Camera – because you are.


How do we help students develop positive digital identities?

“Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, nevermind the obscenity and naked hatred “ Lev Grossman @leverus

How do we develop kind and caring citizens, those with integrity in both offline and online spaces?


Facebook Causes

Actions speak louder than like buttons.

Indiegogo – a funding platform

Kiva change a life for $25

Better Project

Respect Point ( my addition)


Free Hugs

What is the role of teachers and schools  in terms of developing student activism


What is your schools approach to social media?

Imagine if we taught our teenagers to drive a car in the same manner we attempt to teach them about social media?

Driving lessons would never take place in an actual car. Driving lessons would only focus on what NOT to do. Driving lessons would be taught by adults with little or no experience of driving.   Dan Haesler

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Digital Identity

Digital Identity

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time” Tagore

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December 3, 2013

Macdonald Holmes Medal Award

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“You wander through life and work trying to be useful and happy and sometimes you get humbled with acknowledgement.”


Program Page 1Program Page 2

The Award

The Medal A The medal citation


cheers Martin

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October 16, 2013

Is there an end to school? Bruce Dixon

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Is there an  end to school?  Bruce Dixon

I have heard of Bruce Dixon for a number of years now and finally met him at the ELH Conference at Lorne.  He was MC and facilitated a critical conversation as a workshop after the keynote with each of the four Keynote presenters.  I went to every one of them.  I learnt a lot from his knowledge but also how to run group discussion to get the key ideas out and people’s involvement.

Bruce did not let us down.

I really loved the summary by decades: 1980s computers for few, 1990s secretarial phase (Office), 2000s social web and now ubiquity. Bruce next explored whether these shifts were fundamental or incremental.

Bruce examined three overlapping notions of emerging web technologies, contemporary pedagogical insight and universal access. I think there are plenty of “emerged” learning technologies which are not understood, known about nor used. My working definition of emerging learning technologies is dependent on people’s awareness.  If someone has not heard about a technology  it is emerging for them.  For some of us Twitter was emerging in 2007 though for others it is really only now emerging into their consciousness to the extent that are considering or be forced to consider its use.

Contemporary pedagogical insight comes from a better understanding of the realities of the modern learners’ world and how they learn and how much do we know.  Yes the modern learning world.  Twenty one years ago I completed my MEd in non-formal education in the third world.  Increasingly I see non- formal education as being the keystone for the modern learners’ world.

The notion of universal  access  for me bubbles to the surface related issues such as speed of knowledge acquisition at the expenses of understanding, access for some  though not all,  perhaps due to awareness, choice or socio- economic consideration and access to what by what? In the past there has been universal access though now the difference is the ease and speed of access.

So far he has made me think and reflect and he took us one step further to make us engage in the process of reimagining.
We are being blindsided by talk of a mining boom/building book- locked in old paradigms.

Bruce then explored the Re-imagination of asset services and retail in music, video, textbooks, your wallet, employment storefronts, research and development and of course education. Bruce believes we are plagued by low expectations and we should do something about this. We tend to overestimate the effect of technology in the short run and underestimate the effect of technology in the long run.  What is my expectation?


Principles of contemporary learning

  1. Modern learners have the ability to access high quality content when ever and in whatever format we need it.
  2. Modern learners have the ability p for low or no  cost
  3. Modern learners have the ability to  form networks
  4. Modern learners have the ability to form highly interconnected groups around an object or interest.
  5. Modern learners have the ability save and retrieve information in a variety of formats
  6. Modern learners have the ability to work in teams to participate in open and distributed projects
  7. Modern learners have the ability reuse and build upon the work of others.
  8. Modern learners have the ability to quickly find feedback from multiple sources
  9. Modern learners have the ability generate large amounts of data about our technological based activities
  10. Modern learners have the ability to view the learning artefact of others
  11. Modern learners have the ability to amplify important and noteworthy content.
  12. Modern learners have the ability to operate in the same spaces  as experts and professionals

I my opinion there are a number of questions to his keynote question

  1. Is there an end of school? No
  2. Should there be an end of school? No
  3. Will there be an end of school? No
  4. Will school not change? No
  5. Will there be radical changes in school? Some
  6. Will there be an evolution of change in school? Yes?

Not surprising my answer to the last one – you need patience to run long.

cheers Martin

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October 15, 2013

AISITIC 2013 reflections on Keynote 1 Kate Birch aka John Hattie

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AISITIC 2013 reflection on Keynote 1 Kate Birch aka John Hattie


Unlike other conferences I had jobs to do at this one plus a presentation.  So I am going to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on the two keynotes and harvest other peoples online thoughts, mainly through twitter and shared online notes.
Kate Birch Visible learning - aka John Hattie.
This line caught my attention and it was my only tweet during the presentation.
“All you need is a beating heart and children will learn.”
Which  to me seems a paradox because we then launched  into the notion of not relying on hope but the evidence and the effect size. In essence in order to learn you needed more than a beating heart.
It is not the beating heart of the student that has the greatest effect on student learning it is the students expectations/self reported grades.  The others in order were:
Some conclusions
  • The use of computers is more effective when there is a diversity of teaching strategies
  • The use of computers is more effective when there are multiple opportunities for learning
  • The use of computers is more effective when the student not the teacher is in control of the learning
  • Missed this one?
  • The use of computers is more effective when peer learning is optimised
  • The use of computers is more effective when feedback is optimised
  • The use of computers is more effective when there is teacher pre-training in the use of computers as a teaching and learning tool
People a lot smarter than me have come to these conclusions through  all sorts of research and meta-analysis of other peoples’ research.  I am glad they did it rather than me.
I guess now for me there are two issues:
Is there anything missing?
  • the beating heart – the soul, the intuition or  the subjective reasons for enhanced learning.
  • the impact of teacher involvement in  TeachMeets and Social media which are not researched as much as yet but  shaping how teachers teach.
  • PLN

What do we do with this information?

  • Computer Assisted Instruction – what does it include or exclude? The word computer is such a limiting term.
  • Where do students get their expectations? Presumably from their experience guided by peers teachers and family
Plenty of ideas to mull over on my next run.
cheers Martin
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September 18, 2013

ELH Conference Presentations

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Keynote Presentations:

Sylvia Martinez:

George Siemens:

Brett Lee:

George Couros:


TIM Talks

Primary school iPad implementation – Learning’s and ongoing challenges,Klaris Phillipson:

Which LMS? Which Admin system? Which Software? How to successfully choose software for your school,Chris Marley:

Constructing Modern Knowledge, Steve Costa:

Opening the Source Bottle, Paul Connelly:

BYOD and DyKnow: Helping Students Tune into Learning, Michael Vasey

Investigation of Disconnects between Students, Educators and Administrators that limit use of Mobile Technologies,David Dawson:

Unleashing the Power of the Web in Education,Adam Naor:


Discovery Sessions:

The Pedagogy of 21st C Inquiry Learning – Moving beyond programs and apps,Bronwyn Stubbs, Mark Kent & Fiona Webster:

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