Thursday, 5 November 2009

Social Networking Congress 2009

Yesterday Social Networking Congress started with enthusiasm and a very good response from the audience. Around 40 people per session attended the 4 videoconferences the very first day. The speakers were Nicky Hockly, Riza Zinstejer, Paula Ledesma, George Simens and Carla Arena.

I would like to point out the energy moderators have and excellent work they did. Evelyn Izquierdo (Venezuela) moderated all sessions!!!!

Today, Friday 6th November at 18.30 GMT , Vance Stevens' presentation  will take place. It is titled "Modeling Social Media in Groups, Communities and Networks". I will have the pleasure to introduce him. Vance is Webhead's creator and inspiration of many teachers around the world. Thanks to his dedication and support ARCALL was created. Don´t  miss it!!!

Abstract of the Session: Modelling Social Media in Groups, Communities and Networks
This presentation intertwines two threads:
(1) an examination of social networking as practiced distinctly in groups, communities, and networks.

Drawing from experience coordinating a teachers' community of practice for the past decade, I will illustrate the evolution of what was initially a group into a community of practice, and how social media enables one CoP to interact with others to become part of a distributed learning network.
(2) the notion that teachers must be trained not only IN the use of social media, but THROUGH its use.

Recidivism is a problem in technology training for education; teachers can be shown how to use social media, but unless they use it themselves they unlikely to change their practices. There is evidence that teachers trained in programs where their instructors used social media (modelled it) are more comfortable with technology than when their instructors did not themselves use these tools. This presentation suggests how teachers can interact with numerous communities of practice and distributed learning networks where other participants are modelling to and learning from one another optimal ways of using social media in teaching.

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