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February 15, 2012

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Digital Identity vs Digital Self
Dean Groom, Weblog, February 15, 2012.

Jim Groom writes, "This is a beautiful video which outlines how your identity is formed on the web." And I agree with his assessmewnt that the online world is far safer than the offline world. "Her avatar lives. She lives in Steam, Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, OpenSim, Massively Minecraft and more … and that is where she’s learning how to manage user-accounts, profiles and participation. Rather than be freaked out by this, I think it’s a far better place, given the enormous amounts of data-mining that occurs."

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The “Shift to Networks”
Will Richardson, Weblogg-Ed, February 15, 2012.

A key point I made in my recent talk is that what connectivism and MOOCs bring that's new to the table is the idea of distributed networks, and correspondingly, distributed cognition. People talk a lot about the content and the collaboration and the environments - but these were all around. The key idea here is that all this is distributed. That's what comes through as well in this post, where Will Richardson quotes both George Siemens and Joi Ito in this regard. "How do we help our students establish themselves as a “node” in a broad, global network of creativity and learning? Shouldn’t that be one of the fundamental questions that drives our work in schools right now?"

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A New MOOC for May/June – First Steps into Teaching in FE/HE
Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, February 15, 2012.

It's always a good day to welcome another MOOC into the world, "a short MOOC," writes Jenny Mackness, "for Educational Developers and all those interested in teaching and learning in Further and Higher Education. I will be working with Marion Waite and George Roberts, who has already started blogging about it here – http://ocsld.brookesblogs.net/."

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The Most Audacious 'Class' I've Ever Seen
Steve Collis, HappySteve, February 15, 2012.

Somthing to watch: "Look, before you do anything, just watch this footage. Then, optionally, read my waffle. But watch this footage. As jaw-dropping to me as any TED talk. Try to spot the teacher. OHHHH there aren't any. Yet the kids are working in synchronicity. WHY? HOW? Answer this, and you've cracked the paradigm-change nut we're smack-bang in the middle of."

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Young Canadians in a Wired World
Valerie Steeves, Media Awareness Network, February 15, 2012.

files/images/ycww3_en.jpg, size: 39007 bytes, type:  image/jpeg The media Awareness network has released a new report on Teachers Perspectives of young Canadians in a wired world (the advertising says it's part three of a series, but part 1 was 2001 and part 2 was 2006 so I think it's safer to view this as a stand-alone report, as data about web use in 2001 are simply not relevant today). According to the report, teachers agree that "simple access to networked technologies has not made their students better learners." On the other hand, being networked changes the way students learn - the "drill and kill" method, for example, does not work with networked students. And there are ways networked learning can improve learning - through access to learning resources, communicating with others outside the classroom, collaborative learning, and working with individualized learning styles.

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