June 24, 2010

Whipple Hill webinar, “Find Them, Keep Them! (By Using Facebook/Social Media)”

June 9, 2008

Howard Levin - Urban School San Fran

Blind grades - students don’t see their grades until senior year!

vision is seamless technology use - natural tool of the learning process

Teaching and Learning is the ultimate goal!  How can the tools of today help students become better learners?  Teachers become better teachers of students.

one-to-one laptops = computers available to all whenever and wherever…powerful toolbox similar to pen and paper.  Total lie!  You can do things with computers that you were not able to do with pen and paper. 

Learning = communication + organization + information + production

Disorganization limits their ability to demonstrate their learning.  Poor communicators have difficulty demonstrating their learning.  Are we measuring whether they have capability to learn information but the preliminary skills.

Book: presentation zen

Production = students producing their knowledge and giving to teachers for assessment. 

Everyone captures information now.  Cellphones record pictures, audio and video.

Anticipate the future.  Watch Born into Brothels!  very inspirational movie about woman who works with kids of prostitutes and teaches them photography.

BS1: Cultivating a PLN - David Warlick

Notes on Cultivating Personal Learning Networks at Kukulu Kaiaulu 2.0


handouts/davidwarlick.com - you can edit contents of wiki handouts. [teacher]

Don’t teach, generate a conversation.  Wiki enabled David to collaboratively formulate 6 essential questions about podcasting in education.  David was able to observe the session as groups of educators and take pictures, including with his cellphone.  (Podcasting equipment comes in all shapes and sizes.)  Many participants blog, sharing information gathered at the event, and distributed widely and in varied languages.

Shape of information has changed.  Traditional teaching and learning…layers of communication taking place.  Much invisible to the teacher.  Ripe for learning.

Blogging out of the heads of other bloggers.  Learned to pay attention to other people.  David Weinberger (sp?).  Learn from each other and share information. 

  • Mousing Around
  • Edublog Insights
  • The shifted Librarian

Don’t always agree, but other people can help extend learning.  Personal Digital newspaper - reading other blogs.  Eventually, I realized it is a Personal Learning network that connected to people and rewources to help me do my job.

Learning by connecting yourself. Websites as Graphs.  Type in webpage and see how many people are linking to that web page.

Examples of personal learning networks:

  • weblogg-ed “what do we know about our kids futures” - we don’t know what they need to know.  Someone took all of his comments and compiled them into a single document.  He doesn’t know everyone in the list. 
  • Wikispace: social networking for teachers - watch the edits in history.  David made an iMovie of changing communications between educators.
  • kids use cellphones to text message with their personal learning networks.  800 messages per month.  It is a major part of their personal learning network.
  • Slide show of pictures on Flickr of photos tagged with cellphone.  Flickr has more than 2.5 million photos everyday.  People around the world are recording their experience.  INFO RESOURCE!!!  Compare this to the textbook. 
  • Cellphedia - setup account.  categories of topics.  questions about something?  send text message and you get a response.  Text messaged copied to all “experts” and you get answers back.  doesn’t work well but is part of information landscape. 

Personal Learning Network - has a heart.  RSS.  Twitter. 

Twitter - “why in the world would I want to do that?”  Twitter is a chatroom without the walls.  Twitter message goes out into the twitter world and the only people that listen are the ones who have chosent to listen to me.  People tweet things that are useless…but somethings are really important!  Getting resources and information.  microblogging.  Rather than typing in whole blog article - 140 characters.  Use the website or use an applications - twirl, twitterific?  Application monitors account and pops up to alert you. 

love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish…goes into twitterverse and return posts from all over the world.  Map of where the twits are.

RSS Aggregator: brings information to you from blogs, sites, etc. that you want to pay attention to.  Core of David’s personal learning network. 

Train the information to find us.  Totally different way to look at information. 

Teachers: netvibes.com is an aggregator with widgets. 

Technorati - what people feel about a thing…searches blog articles. 

David shows us how to locate information and have it delivered to our doorsteps.


  1. Locate teacher passions and help them discover ways to use the Read/Write web in pursuit of learning that passion.
  2. Find examples to demonstrate web 2.0 and the read/write web for IPA teachers.

What is your Digital Footprint?

We need to address this with our kids!

"We need to catch up to our kids and their understanding of these social technologies." -Will Richardson
Kakulu Kaiaulu 2.0

Kukulu Kaiaulu 2.0 keynote 1: Will Richardson


Will attempts to inspire educators to make the shift toward technologies that are changing the way we communicate and learn.  Read/Write web enables us to connect around ideas and share passions to form powerful communities.  That is the shift.  We can connect and learn.

Summer Reading:

  • World is Flat
  • Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky -required reading for Educators. This is about easy group forming that the web enables.  Groups make change.  Groups are working outside managerial structures.  Kids are and can learn outside school walls.  Children are driving the bus.  They need guidance.  “We need to catch up to our kids and their understanding of these social technologies.”

USTREAM.TV live streaming television online.  Will invited to participate on a deconstruction of the NH Primary via Skype.  Chatbox with a global mix of people participating in a conversation about politics in real time.  Better than watching NBC or CBS because people were “real” and really passionate.  The person running this show was a 14-year-old kid in his basement in Vermont.  Kid taught Will to use Skype conversations in UStream. 

The world is “really different!” 

The possibilities are huge and these shifts are already playing out. 

Obama - uses social Read/Write tools.  Personal blog on Barack Obama page.  Connect to other people in the campaign.  “Affinity Groups.”  Model of politics will never be the same.  Social technologies are the reason.  Cellphone journalists. 

Tools on BObama online:

  • My Dashboard
  • My Neighborhood
  • Friends
  • Events
  • Messages
  • Groups
  • Fundraising
  • My Blog

Gray Googlers strike gold?


Comments from people reading the story.  The guy comments on his story and tells the reporter that he didn’t get it right!  Participatory journalism.  Media is shifting…the model is changing. 

Our computer is a printing press.  Unemployed scribes!  Catholic church couldn’t control the information.  Major disruption.  Copying mp3’s is a possibility. 

Now you start a MySpace page and release your music for free and see your audience size…give a concert to make money.

SurfTheChannel - whether legal or not you can get every show for free.  Ethical?  Piracy!  Just an index to help you find illegal content. 

Copyright and Intellectual Property totally under stress.

Businesses have to change as well.  Some books only on kindle now.  eBook reader from Amazon.  All digital books?  Is paper going away?  We don’t have to listen to Amazon to hear about the quality of this product.  3 or 5 stars.  4 stars makes decision harder.  Literacy to this…user reviews empower consumers.

Book: Clue Train Manifesto - markets are not about products but the conversations around your product.  What is the user experience?  You own the product and this should be your focus!!!!!

IBM has 26000 wikis internally.  20000 using blogs.  what they are finding is that everyone gets smarter.  Transparency is important.  Business model needs to shift.  Less about competition and more about collaboration.

Book: Wikinomics.

Book: Future Shock?  75% of students have MySpace or Facebook.  Social networking sites are a big part of our kids lives.  Within two hours of a student’s tragic death, a facebook page was created by his two friends.  Kids connect around emotions and experiences online.  Connect and grieve online with others.

Privacy is very different for our kids.  They don’t see the big deal.  This is a difficult shift.

Microsoft Table Computer.  Guy who developed this (Ted Talks) says that the one thing that bothers him is that they won’t use keyboards and mice in the future.  Technologies are moving forward quickly.

We filter kids and block kids.  School in NYC.  They come all over to get to this school and need cellphones.  They get to school and go to the deli across the street and check their phones.  School doesn’t know how to deal with the fact that everyone has a cellphone.  They go home to an unblocked / unfiltered world and have no models. 

Will doesn’t like the natives/immigrants metaphor.  Natives are not great at using these tools.  They are fearless.  Not getting any instruction on how to use these technologies to learn.  Immigrants can learn!

The way we can learn is changing. 

Lawrence Lessig.  Book: Free Culture. 

"The Dumbest Generation" is terrible book.  Will’s post is "Not the Dumbest Generation"  He says we are the dumbest because we don’t know how to teach the kids how to effectively use these tools for learning.

Learning takes place when people come in and leave ideas, links, and thoughts.  Sometimes they disagree and this is a fertile place to learn and get deep about the ideas.

Blogging - 2nd most transformative experience of Will’s life. 

How to explain.  ClustrMaps to show how many people view his blog.  His audience is global.  They come to the blog because they are passionate about the same things.  Shared interest and passion.  Every audience member is potentially his teacher.  Cannot do this in physical space! 

Traditional classes are not about passionate learning.  Blog audience is passionate!

Network that we build around the things we want to learn about.  Kids are figuring it out on their own. 

FanFiction.net - Harry Potter has over 350,000 fan revisions/additions.  Half of the people who interact here are kids.  Reviews by people - maybe kids.  Feedback and support. 

Shared Passions!

25 Days to Make a Difference.  Collect money and give to charity.  Laura Stockman.  8 years old.  Still going today.  Philantropists.  Give her ideas about how to raise money.  This has nothing to do with school.  Potential.  She is invested.  Her digital footprint is something to be proud of!

MySpace pages that we think about are more dangerous and sexy.  Do we teach MySpace?  Are the parents teaching them?  Everyone looks for Digital footprint.  “What’s your digital footprint?”

Nata Village - His kids all blog.  The Nata Village Blog.  All these blogs are open for people to read.  Hillary posts.  She has a global voice!  People in Africa responded to her blog.  She is learning how to connect.  She is learning how to work safely and ethically. 

"It’s anytime, anywhere that we are connected." Learning is changing.

46645 googl and in 15 seconds it responds…”define trapezoid”

Why do they have to memorize the state capitals?  Memorization skills!  Horses are not on the test!  Real effort to go and find information.  The sum of human knowledge is in my pocket!  Why is there no where in the curriculum that teaches kids to get information. 

MIT OpenCourseWare - lectures, notes, videos…etc.

Our kids need to be able to find information, form groups and collaborate to learn.  Teach each other.  Write your own textbooks.

Literacy for the 21st century.  Create your own personal learning networks.

Content is not scarce anymore.  Content is not static.  How current is it? 

Wikipedia is an important site to get your brains around!  “This site is the writing and negotiation of truth at any given moment.”  Watch the wikipedia entry be developed around a tragedy.  Most comprehensive source of information.  Look at the history.  See every change that has been made.  Discussions are most interesting.  Discussions are where talking and negotiating what should go on the front page!  From article on Japan stabbing…”Is that worth mentioning in this article?”  “Content creation is a collaborative undertaking”  500 changes in 3 minutes.  “How many of you teach Wikipedia?”

Our kids are using Wikipedia without any context.  THey don’t really know what it is.  ididerod article - Tucker Richardson.

We can’t fix errors in a book.  Online we can!  Prepare kids for a world where they can “edit” because that is a huge part of literacy.

Martin Luther King.org - Pacific Northwest tree octopus -25 7th grade gifted and talented students and none could figure out it was a joke.

Anyone can publish anything they want.  —good thing and bad thing

"How many of you teach your kids to read and write in hypertext?"  Kids are reading more and more hypertext.  New magazine FLYPmedia.com is a prototype of future magazines.  Huge amounts of multimedia.  "Are we teaching are kids to read in those environments?"

Our job is to connect our kids to the smartest people we can find…we used to have to be the content experts.  That has changed.  There is content we should teach, but…

Low cost computing solutions to homeless shelters.  Steve ?  Will’s kids interviewed Steve via Skype.  Found Scratch.  Put out a message to his network to show his kids how to use Scratch from a guy in Scotland.  For an hour he trained them.  Andrew is 14.  “Teachers come in all shapes and sizes.”

Book: The Secret Life of Bees - blogged with the author!  He connected them to the author…it wasn’t about what Will knew about the book.  The teacher’s role is changing.

[aside: I love the way Will demonstrates first and then reaffirms with statements]

Connect kids in Bangladesh rather than learning about Bangladesh.  Writing in personal ways.  Writing in Scholarly ways.  They learn more about the world from each other than their teachers.  “They are learning how to do it on their own”

Friday Folders - inundated with paper.  They saved every paper.  They started a pile in the corner of their bedroom.  Two and a half feet of paper accumulated.  His kids never looked at it.  They didn’t even care about all that work they did.

Podcast. Radio WillowWeb  Willowcast#24 7 minutes 1st graders talking about ants.  “Awesome and Amazing Ants.”  How many people are listening.  Maps with flagpins.  Real work for real purposes for real audiences that can interact with their work.

It’s about teachers changing not classrooms.  “It’s what you take for yourselves as learners first.”  Don’t take what you did in a paper analog world and repurpose and publish.  It’s not about learning how to publish, it’s learning to connect around the things that you publish.  We need to do that first. Unicyclists - mountainbiking on a unicycle.  The pedagody is about “how do we help them, not publish, but connect.”  Finding people they can learn with in a safe and effective way.

YeahBut’s - the kids who understand this will be a step ahead.

Protection of our children? - model, narrate, sit next to, guide, council.  Teach it K-12 this way.  “I don’t know how we can go on without teaching it.”

Socialization in Physical space is different.

Opt out of state tests and homework.  “Dear kids you don’t have to go to college.”  Sir Ken Robinson - great video over inflation of degrees.”

We need to perpare kids for the future, not our past.
Kukulu Kaiaulu 2.0 conference
June 28, 2007

CSTA Computer Science Info Tech Symposium

SpelBots: Using Robotics to Inspire Computer Science and Information Technology Learning —Andrew Williams, Ph.D (Spelman).  Dr. Williams runs a program that uses student fascination with Robots to inspire Computer Science learning.  He wants students to be “creators” of technology, not just computer users.  Robots in the media are sometimes violent but often productive tools with the potential for improving society.  Equity is a major issue as women and minorities are underrepresented in the field.  As mentors, we must show young adults that Computer Science is an accessible and highly profitable field, financially but also personally.  Minority and female students may be interested in helping their communities; technology is often a vehicle that enables social change. 

Concurrent Session 1: Alice is a free object-oriented program authoring tool geared to teaching younger students (Middle & High School) to program.

Concurrent Session 2: Unplugged++ is a set of resources, online and in print, that helps teachers explain Computer Science concepts without the use of computers.

Concurrent Session 3: Computer Science as an academic discipline has become overloaded with complex languages and programming environments, higher level techniques, and teaching challenges.  Many students are non-majors and kids are dropping out of CS degree programs more frequently.  We need to boil programming down to its essence.  Python is a free, portable (.net, mac, win, linux, handheld), dynamically-typed, object-oriented (multi-paradigm), scripting language (glue language, higher level).  Scripting languages are increasingly used (Python, Perl, Tcl, Ruby).  Built on experimentation and incremental development!  The kids would love to manipulate HTML with Python; they can open a URL and find information by searching the web as a text file.

Concurrent Session 4: Students need to see a connection between what they learn and their real lives.  They love media and expect to study YouTube and iPods but when they show up to Intro to Computer Science they are bored.  They do not see the relevance because of the way we teach.  Media Computation explores the role of relevancy as a context for motivation.

June 27, 2007

Wikis in Plain English