GAFE Illinois Summit
Design Spaces for Learning: Exploring Physical and Virtual Learning Areas with Chris Johnson and Christian Long
Developing the Design Mind: An Introduction to Design Thinking w/Christian Long and Laura Deisley
IDEA EXCHANGE: BYO and One-to-One Panel (moderator)
Leaders and Learning Spaces (Workshop)
Learning at the Speed of Technology (workshop)
Life on the Screen (Workshop)
Life on the Screen (Presentation)
What If The Story Changed? (K12 Online Conference)
What If? (Educon Workshop)
What If? (Presentation)
Today (with a nod to the Conference Theme: Building a Connected Learning Community).
Part of being a part of a learning community is to project our work, our understanding, our learning, and literally ourselves.
Our first goal today: examine methodologies for managing information, how to project ideas and presence, and do it with emergent tools, including online tools and mobile technologies, with the caveat that this is critical for students, and a part of their future.
Our second goal today: understand the growing impact of mobile technologies, and their potential for altering and contributing to where learning occurs (the concept of learning spaces). I'll also be interested in seeing how you think several of the technologies today serve student learning.
This presentation is based on a blog post I wrote in December called Life on the Screen (http://strengthofweakties.org/?p=313). Show post in screenshot.
Do you believe that establishing a digital presence is something an educator in 2010 must do?
How are you currently represented online? How do you contribute online? Do you, or have you, established the links necessary to manage learning online? Do you understand the infrastructure necessary to do this? Is understanding how to do this essential for your students?
How do you use mobile devices to create, manage, and project content and ideas? Do you believe that access to information, content, ideas, and conversation, perhaps the raw elements of learning, will mostly be accessed by mobile, handheld technologies?
"If I can't find you on Google, do you exist?" http://jobs.change.org/view_article/if_google_cant_find_you_you_dont_exist
Let's take a brief look at the current mediascape.
Statistics and Trends: Facebook, YouTube, Teens, and cell phones.
Global average of time spent on social networking sites (Feb 2010): 5.5 hours. Up 2 hours from last year. Source: Nielson.com
Average user logs in 19 times per month (Mashable)
2.5 Billion photos uploaded to Facebook per month, at current rate, 30 billion per year (Pingdom)
The mobile application market will reach $17.5 billion by 2012. By then, the number of mobile application downloads will have also grown to nearly 50 billion from just over 7 billion in 2009. (Read Write Web)
"This is anything but a phone."
Who are the students who we work with?
Students: How do people find out about us? Facebook and Google. This is data from Project Tomorrow's Speak Up survey. See press release here. (http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/Speak_Up_09_March_Release_FINAL.pdf)
- Social-based learning: utilize communication and collaboration tools to establish and utilize networks of support
- Un-tethered Learning: not limited by geography, brick and mortar, and localized expertise
- Digitally-rich learning: both the traditional and non-traditional applications of digital tools are applied to learning
Four principle technologies today that I will use today: Posterous, Pixelpipe, Evernote and my Motorola Droid. Along the way, what can these tools mean for you?
We'll focus on Posterous as a media creation and distribution platform. I'll link this account with my cell phone.
If you have an email and a smartphone, you can have a 21st Century media distribution system (Darren Kuropatwa).
On one end, Twitter with its 140 character conversations, to my blog, The Strength of Weak Ties, for in-depth portrayal of my thinking.
Posterous, with its ability to be a blog, but also a media distribution platform that interacts with my smartphone, givea me anytime, anywhere access into my digital persona.
Lets take a look at the Posterous platform: (if you are looking to blog, get your kids blogging, or are interested in exploring the connection between mobility and the Web, and being able to manage multiple digital streams. I'm counting on you here to look into the tool and see the possibilities for you and for your students.
Posting to the site is done in two ways: through email or from the site itself. To post via email, simply type in email@example.com, the subject line becomes the title of the post, and the body of the email becomes the post... the site itself also has an simple editing interface.
Posting from email opens up simple posting potential from handhelds.
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You can also do a group blog, as well as make it private through a password protect system.
Posterous as a media platform:
Using another screen (this time the computer) and the bookmarklet in the browser, capture anything on your screen and comment to create a post. (show all the bookmarklet files) http://posterous.com/help/bookmarklet
You can post really anything, photos, audio files, links documents and video (doc, ppt, pdf, jpg, gif, png, mp3 avi mpg). Posting a video link actually embeds the link.
Posterous as a media distribution platform
Autopost feature: you can post to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, vimeo, del.iciou.s, tumblr, Xanga and a Wordpress blog.
Tool for the iPhone and Android phone, it can also be used with a desktop.
PixelPipe turns your smartphone into a media distribution platform.
With PixelPipe you can publish to over 100 media sites from your phone or desktop.
My Pixelpipe account publishes to box.net, flickr, Google Docs, posterous, Scribd, TwitPic, Twitter, and YouTube.
An example: I take a picture with my Droid. I can upload that photo to any of those sites with a click of
The smartphone as a media distribution platform that serves to project content. Content is presence.
This is a Web clipping system for managing online content and content you create.
Capture everything. Organize it. Find it.
Content is available online, locally on your desktop, and on your mobile phone.
Get an account and download the software.
Install the clipping bookmarklet.
You can clip directly into your online account, or you can clip into your desktop account. Syncing the account puts the webclip into the account you didnt originally clip to. Synchronization your notes means you have your content the same on your local desktop, your online account and your phone.
What happens when you have all your data in your hand?
Email --------- Content ------------- Posterous ------------ Network
Smartphone -- Content ------------- Pixelpipe ------------- Network
There's lots to learn. The key to this is networking. And you have things to contribute as well.
If you have an email and a smartphone you can participate.
Be proactive of how you are represented online. What do you want people to know about you? Remember your digital footprint, its timeless.
How you are portrayed online is important. How they are portrayed is absolutely critical.
Help students understand how to extend their network activities for learning. Life-long learning, life-wide learning, and life-deep learning.
What happens when all your critical data is accessible in your hand?
Resources are at the trainu conference site as well as jakesonline.org