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.

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              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

Jump Start Your 14-15 Professional Learning

As your school year schedule settles in and your thoughts drift to incorporating professional learning, there are many great opportunities happening in Ontario.

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OSSEMOOC  launches a mini course series (“mini-moocs”) this week featuring a presentation by Brenda Sherry and Peter LeBlanc on Wednesday Sept. 24th. Details are [here].

Perhaps attending an Ed Camp is on your list to experience.  Never been to an Ed Camp?   Check out these Ed Camp related  blog posts by  Donna Miller Fry  to get a good sense of what to expect.

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Ed Camp Barrie, one of several Ed Camps in Ontario this year,  is running on Saturday September 27th.  Registration and other details are available at the  EdCamp Barrie web site.  If you can’t attend in person and are interested in participating as a virtual learner follow the  #edcampbarrie  Twitter stream and watch for details about  live-streaming of select sessions.

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A little farther down the road, plan to attend  Bring It Together 2014, the jointly offered Ed Tech conference offered by ECOO and OASBO ICT.  The conference is running November 5th-7th.

Enjoy your professional learning journey.

~Mark

 

Just in time I.T. Support

One of the highlights of last week for me  was kicking off  our Tuesday ITS teams meetings.  The room was filled with great people, energy, enthusiasm and anticipation.   We kicked off our meeting with a “state of the universe” with our Google Apps (GAFE) environment.

ONgafesummitIn the big picture – all good:  things are working well,  great adoption during our first year,  synergy for change,  excitement about Google Classroom … and the list goes on.

We started to talk about goals for this year  which led to discussion about the need to further develop our support model.  Sounds easy.   Seems traditional.   We want users to feel well supported and offer timely assistance as needed.

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Then it happened, THE  disruptive question:  Where is this all going?  Then more questions:  On what timeline?  What can we stop doing?   How do we improve ‘this’?  How do we solve ‘that’?

The  broad strokes answer is we are going to the cloud where we have anytime  anywhere access,  device agnostic functionality and no dependancy on any particular  OS.  At what rate?  With what feature set?  With what issues?  — the bottom line is no one  really  knows.  Things are changing more rapidly than ever before  — and certainly faster than traditional support mechanisms can be designed, learned,  documented,  workshopped and  people can be ready to answer help desk tickets with tiered support levels can be put in place.  In my view,  this journey is much more like building the plane while you are  flying it.   Support in this rapidly changing state might mean best effort or we are researching — a far cry from the comfort of a more traditional and methodical approach.

Finally someone stated “but we haven’t functioned or learned in this ‘just in time’ mode before.”  BINGO! – it is new and and feels uncomfortable,  really uncomfortable.  IT staff are supposed to know all the answers.   Yet, I believe  being in this is the new fluid “technology existence”  is the new norm.

I emphasized a few key points to help the conversation end in a good place.  The bottom line:  the smartest person in the room IS the room.  This type of scenario is a great chance for an IT department to play, learn together, collaborate and share — ultimately put themselves and their learning out there to give students and staff the opportunity to use the latest tools to support learning.

The Smartest Person in the Room

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I hope that our user community appreciates the balance of risk taking and just in time learning to offer great technology enabled learning environments.

~Mark

 

 

 

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