Showing posts with label social media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label social media. Show all posts

Re-telling Stories and A Public Confession

Some stories require multiple tellings.

Following up on what remains one of this blog's more popular posts, I couldn't help snapping this picture the other day. I call it A Public Confession.

A Public Confession - Click to enlarge.

More teens have smartphones today than ever before. To me, this means that more teachers have powerful technology to use as a resource for furthering their instructional purposes. It also means that more teens need more help in learning how to best use that power in safe and productive ways.

If we don't teach students balance and appropriate cell phone use, who will?

In other related news, Dan Haesler provides a nice angle on the state of social media instruction.
Imagine for a second if we taught our teenagers to drive a car in the same manner we attempt to teach them about social media.

1. Driving lessons would be taught by adults (teachers or parents) with little or no experience of driving.

2. Driving lessons would only focus on what not to do.

3. Driving lessons would NEVER take place in an actual car.
Outstanding analogy for an important problem.

My (still) pie-in-the-sky wish is that in all schools:
  1. Policy would allow for teacher autonomy in using cell phones and social media as instructional tools.
  2. More teachers had the technological-pedagogical skills and philosophy required to effectively harness these technologies for in-class use.
  3. More curricula encouraged real-world experience instead of the artificial environments that adults seem to think serve children best.
Yes, some stories require multiple tellings.

Sometimes Silence Can Be Golden

Look Before Leaping #iste11

I took a picture this morning, of a guardrail strategically placed between buildings at the Philadelphia Conference Center. I think the whole guardrail idea is fascinating. Imagine what was happening before the rail was there...


Narrow enough to easily walk around, this safety feature prevents people from quickly but dangerously dashing out into traffic - because of their natural desire to quickly reach the other side. It's not that people want to walk right into traffic; but more that they may not realize the dangers present, especially when their focus on the end-goal might be so intense.

Pretty similar to the kinds of safeguards we need in place for kids while they're excitedly learning to use social media, isn't it.

Is there an expert in the house?

Wikipedia has an entire article dedicated to the term expert.

An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain...

There are broadly two academic approaches to the understanding and study of expertise. The first understands expertise as an emergent property of communities of practice. In this view expertise is socially constructed; tools for thinking and scripts for action are jointly constructed within social groups enabling that group jointly to define and acquire expertise in some domain.

In the second view expertise is a characteristic of individuals and is a consequence of the human capacity for extensive adaptation to physical and social environments. Many accounts of the development of expertise emphasize that it comes about through long periods of deliberate practice. In many domains of expertise estimates of 10 years experience or 10,000 hours deliberate practice are common. Recent research on expertise emphasizes the nurture side of the nature versus nurture argument.

Some factors not fitting the nature-nurture dichotomy are biological but not genetic, such as starting age, handedness, and season of birth.
I still find it interesting that a field as young as social media can legitimately have those who might be termed "experts" in the field. Notwithstanding, when experts might be crafted through only 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, is it any wonder how many of today's "social media experts" have traversed well beyond the 50,000 tweet mark?

Or have they?


What do you think makes an expert in today's landscape, and why?

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