Getting Connected With Purpose

Whether you know me personally, are a reader of this blog or have connected online or F2F,  you know that I am passionate about connected learners needing connected leaders, and this fuels much of the work I do.

Today’s post features a video prepared in collaboration with  Donna Miller Fry  for the  K12 Online Conference  as part of the OSAPAC sponsored  OSSEMOOC  project.  Special thanks to  Silvana Hoxha, Brenda Sherry,  Wayne Toms  and  Ken Whytock  for their willingness to share their getting connected journeys.

 

Related Resource: Fostering Connectivity TEDx Talk

~Mark

Scaling factors at ON21cLearn

Today I am attending the Ontario 21C Learning Journey event hosted by the Ministry of Education.  As we consider the path forward with professional growth, change of practice and technology enabled learning, and scaling, important points to are:

adoption vs adaption

 

and

context&culture

Happy reflecting.

Follow the twitter discussion at #ON21cLearn

~Mark

BIT14 Interview with George Couros

I appreciated the opportunity to team up with Michelle Cordy and Doug Sadler to  have a pre  Bring It Together 2014 conference  interview with keynote George Couros  yesterday.

Watch the interview:

 

Additional ECOO video podcasts are online  [here].

~Mark

WBE workshop session resources

Thank you to those participants who attended my workshop presentations today. As promised, I am sharing the resources:

Conference Twitter feed  #wbecon14

Enjoy a free,  connected, self directed, professional learning experience through  OSSEMOOC  (blog) and/or connect to the OSSEMOOC  Twitter feed.

Additional resources are listed at the end of the slide deck.  Stay connected and continue to  share your learning.

~Mark

Social Media as a Writing Tool

The other day I happened to catch a segment of The Current CBC broadcast as I was driving between school appointments. The topic was big data based the book Dataclysm, which certainly captivated my interest for a variety of reasons.

Dataclysm book cover

              Image from Amazon.com

I happened to tune in just at the moment the discussion was focused on analyzing data written in social media, Twitter in this case.   While many view social media communications as somewhat inane,  an in depth analysis reveals some interesting facts.

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  • writing tends to be more sophisticated
  • word length is 20% longer
  • lexical density ,  the proportion  of meaning carrying words, is  higher than in many other forms of writing (email, magazines etc.  – perhaps opposite to what you would think)
  • with a limitation on the number of characters per message or post, 140 in this case,  people learn to improve word choices
  • in turn,  this improves editing skills

In the interview,  Christian commented that this type of analysis can and has been repeated.   This is not an isolated ‘one time’ look at this area.

When one considers the writing benefits summarized here,  I believe there is a strong case to incorporate  the social media writing medium in the school system.   Of course there are natural connections to digital citizenship, engagement, real world audiences etc.

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As a classroom educator,  if you are already doing this, keep going!  If not,  consider giving it a try with an age appropriate system, a collaborative document with simulated limits  or even  offline.

Related Resources

Listen to the  CBC Podcast  with Christian Rudder on Dataclysm

Book:  Dataclysm  by Christian Rudder

Have a comment?   Please share.

~Mark

Ottawa GAFE presentation resources

Well,  it is Saturday morning, up early after a long drive  and feeling honoured to attend and present at the Ottawa GAFE  (Google Apps For Educators)  Summit  with  Andrew Bieronski.  This summit is the first ever bilingual #gafesummit and has over 1200  educators participating.  I am certainly looking forward to a great weekend of learning and sharing.

Today’s post shares the presentation resource for  our  Ottawa GAFE presentation.

Check out the video of our presentation:

~Mark

ECOO interviews OSSEMOOC

Check out this  Google Hangout interview with  ECOO  project manager  Michelle Cordy  and  OSSEMOOC  project co-leads  Donna Miller Fry  and  Mark W. Carbone.

Take a moment to learn more about  OSSEMOOC  and find out about some of the  plans for 14/15.

~Mark

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