Hi everyone, enjoy our show from this week when we discuss the NYSAIS Assistant Heads/Division Heads Conference that Alex and arvind attended. The conference was on time, space, and curriculum, and arvind presented on a panel about scheduling. We also reviewed Edith Ackerman's powerful presentation at the conference.
In two weeks, 12/4/13 at 1:30p EST we are having a guest, Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect. Don't miss it. We'll have a Google Hangout with a Q&A space. Mark your calendar!
21st Century Learning is back with a new season! We've even got a new numbering convention, because we've lost track of our show #. We're starting with 201 this season. We are trying to use Google Hangouts on Air as our streaming mechanism. Today's show was a test run, and a pretty good one. We haven't figured out how to connect the Q&A so that people can be in the chatroom or asking questions, but we'll get there.
In the mean time, hear us discussing the starts of our years, Chromebooks, Gary Stager, schedules, and more. Oh my!
This is the first of three shows (#292 April 11, #294 April 25, #295 May 2) in which we are talking about Howard Rheingold's new book, Net Smart, How to Thrive Online. Howard joins us on Wednesday, May 2.
Joining Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers are Alice Barr, Nancy Sharoff, Vinnie Vrotny, Valerie Burton, Sarah Rolle, Scott Lockman, and Andrea Zellner.
On this episode we mainly talk about the introduction to Howard's book and a syllabus for a social media literacies course on the high school level that he has compiled from his college-level syllabus.
Syllabus: Social Media Literacies, High School Level, Seed Version Compiled By Howard Rheingold
This syllabus is based on my 2012 book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, as a textbook. I set out to write the book as an educational instrument. As I explain in the introductory chapter, (which is downloadable free of charge), I have concluded, after thirty years as an online participant, observer, and teacher, that social media literacies are a critical uncertainty in the issue of whether digital media improve or erode human individual capacities and collective culture. Just as in the eras following the invention of the alphabet and printing press, literate populations become the driving force that shape new media. What we know now matters in shaping the ways people will use and misuse social media for decades to come.
The 21st century depends on a critical mass of people who understand basic scientific literacy, media literacy, information literacy, in addition to the literacies I cover in my book and in this syllabus. I use “literacy” in the sense of a skill that includes not only the individual ability to decode and encode in a medium, but also the social ability to use the medium effectively in concert with others. I didn’t write the book as a syllabus, but as a logical ordering of the five social media literacies of attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network awareness: attention is the starting place for all media use; crap detection is necessary for effective participation; knowledge of individual participation is by its nature enmeshed with collaborative communications that take place through networked publics. When composing the syllabus, I duplicated much of this progression, but chose texts that can offer analytic tools, explanatory frameworks, and competing perspectives -- the basic building blocks for teachers to use. For high school communities, “Critical consumption online” or “critical consumption of social media” could substitute for “crap detection” as a label. The methods are identical, although many resources most appropriate for high school students must exist to replace texts in the original, college-level version.
Here are a couple of moments from Teachers Teaching Teachers #294
where we think about Crap Detection in light of KONY 2012. The entire show is there as well.
ETT21 #143: Brad Ovenell-Carter: Head of Think Global School
November 3, 2011
Brad Ovenell-Carter, Head of the Think Global School joins Alex and arvind to discuss this exciting new school. Think Global is a radical new concept, a high school that lives in 12 countries over 12 trimesters. Brad talks about the school, the amazing opportunities, the challenges, and lessons learned.
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