Welcome to the blogging exercise ICCT class of 2011. Please leave the link to your new blog in the comments.
A couple of small things: I’ve created an open public Diigo group for Connectivism and Connected Knowledge 2011 which you can use to share useful bookmarks (http://groups.diigo.com/group/cck_2011) and a team Pearltree (http://pear.ly/JgB5). I won’t have much time to contribute to CCK11, but I’m hoping that my network will help me by curating the must see resources that I might not have time to do for myself.
As Karen Stephenson (cited in Siemens 2005) says:
“Experience has long been considered the best teacher of knowledge. Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people (undated).”
- Siemens, G. “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age“, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, January 2005.
- Stephenson K (Internal Communication, no. 36) What Knowledge Tears Apart, Networks Make Whole. Retrieved January 19, 2010 from http://www.netform.com/html/icf.pdf.
This is my new blog. Created as part of Assignment 1 of week 1 of Digital Storytelling 2010. It is hosted on Cast Iron Code and the domain cpjobling.me is registered with godaddy.com.
As part of the first week’s assignment we’ve been asked to set up our own webhost and domain. I’ve registered a new domain cpjobling.me with Godaddy.com and a signed up for the minimum hosting package from cast iron coding (CIC). I’m waiting for my confirmations to come through, then I’ll be setting up my name servers using the instructions provided here and WordPress blog using the instructions given here. Everything went fine and now I have a new Word Press blog which may one-day replace this one: blog.cpjobling.me.
I could (and have) done this manually on my own server, but the experience of using a hosting service and domain registration provides some good experience.
Jim Groom is getting ready to launch another massive open online course (MOOC). Tony Hirst, who drew my attention to Jim’s course Digital Storytelling (ds106.us) with this post: Massive Open Online Courses all you need to know, has curated a few videos from PLENK2010 facilitator Dave Cormier on the philosophy of a MOOC.
I’ve signed up for Digital Storytelling, but I expect my role to be more as a lurker than turned out to be the case on PLENK. One reason for this is that my workload is likely to be crazy in early 2011. But we’ll see. The course is due to start on January 10th, 2011.
Of technical interest is that Jim’s MOOC is going to be facilitated via a course platform based on WordPress. There may be some lessons to be transferred to my institution which is looking to create a new community of practice around that platform.
There’s an interesting debate forming around this post from George Siemens (My Personal Learning Network is the most awesomest thing ever!!) and a response from Jenny Mackness (In defence of lurking).
George’s stance is that you can’t really learn in a community unless you are contributing something, Jenny’s that it’s OK to observe and not contribute. There are lot’s of other interesting points of view expressed in the comments.
To me, I feel I got more out of PLENK2010 by being an active contributor, although in the end I wasn’t sure if I’d learned that much. I think there’s a parallel to be made with large group teaching as a whole: in a lecture of 250, it’s going to be a brave soul who contributes. Perhaps the same is true of a MOOC. Maybe, PLENK2010 was just too big, and the people who “lurked” will be active participants next time. Maybe, it needs to be M for “medium-sized” rather than “massive.”
On Sunday, I finally found the time to listen to the recording of guest Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, from Wednesday’s #PLENK2010 live Elluminate session. In this session, Will gave a short presentation Using PLE’s Successfully and a couple of things came up.
First was a summary of the recommendations on 21st Century Literacies from the US National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) :
- Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
- Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
- Design and share information for global communities to use for a variety of purposes
- Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
- Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
- Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.
- Pursue your passion.
- Read widely.
- Add value.
- Be personal … sometimes.
In the discussion, will mentioned the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) animation Changing Education Paradigms which is based on a speech given to the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson . An idea, and its presentation, well worth sharing.
- Definition of 21st Century Literacies, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), February 15, 2008. URL: http://www.ncte.org/governance/literacies.
- Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier and Suzanne L. Flannigan, “Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century”, Educause Quarterly, Volume 29, Number 2, 2006. URL: http://bit.ly/dabAsD.
- Sir Ken Robinson, Changing Paradigms, RSA Edge Lecture, 16 June 2008. URL: http://bit.ly/bMz8FM. video: http://youtu.be/mCbdS4hSa0s.
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