NEIT2010 – Croudsourcing

One of the Ignite sessions last night at NEIT2010 was about Croudsourcing. I ultimately will link to the presentation resources, but they are not yet posted. The gentleman who presented on the topic mentioned how he croudsourced his purchase of his glasses and his Halloween costume  as well as many other educational-related things.

I thought back to my Keynote from earlier that day and how different it might have been had I crowdsourced. I have somewhat of an idea of the suggestions from the group here as we worked on a public Google Doc to flesh out the list of ten skills that every student should have when they leave you.

Here’s a sampling of what the group came up with:

1 – Knowledge of reference sources

  • It seems best to consider a first-stop reference source that is age and skill appropriate and google scholar is not necessarily the tool for K-12
  • Students need to learn how to evaluate their sources.
  • There can be legitimate but biased websites.

2 – Who is the authority?

  • teaching skills to question & evaluate authority

3 – Digital Citizenship and Ethical use of information

4 – Where you can go to stay current? (This is a lengthy list on the Google Doc)

5 – Personal Learning Networks

  • Message Boards (i.e. Apple Discussions)
  • Social Content Aggregators (Digg, reddit)
  • Podcasts (i.e. Ed-Tech weekly)
  • Magazines (i.e., Teacher-Librarian Magazine, WIRED)
  • Professional organizations

6 – Who are your teachers? Who are your mentors?

  • Members from professional organizations
  • Do our schools have formal mentoring programs? If so, do they work?

7 – Always contemplate responding and interacting with content

  • Many of the responses will be inappropriate and many will respond inappropriately.  Who is to decide?
  • What happens when they pretend to be someone else?
  • Classroom forum or are we now working with a broader audience?
  • Time and energy is wasted policing instead of concentrating on the real content.  Who is  in charge of going back through and giving approval?

8 – You are a content producer

  • More people can produce content – and this allows people to publish content without thought to accuracy.
  • The idea of thoughtful content producers.
  • Students need to contemplate whether their content is constructive, responsible, part of a larger conversation.
  • An understanding of intellectual property

9 – How to manage your sources, notes, creations in the Cloud

  • What do you put in the cloud? Issues of privacy.
  • Problem of ownership, such as e-mail.

10 – What’s in the pipeline? (This is a lengthy list on the Google Doc)

The general consensus was that I should have included what I’ve listed here as number 11
11. Internet Safety (Managing your digital footprint)

  • – friendly place for kids – kid-only content including games, videos, etc – a kid browser – commercial venture, but seems quite usable
  • How to surf the web filterless?
  • How to consider what to share – safe sharing
  • Digital footprints? Who teaches our kids what this is? Who provides the leadership on this?
  • Smart = Safe
  • Community effort – everyone has to be part of this educational process, including parents
  • Help our students create a digital footprint under our mentorship – this will provide them with a positive presence on the web, perhaps countering their Facebook presence

I’m in no way suggesting that I croudsource my next presentation, but it was a new learning experience for me to immediately hear what other educators thought and for them to discuss it from their perspective. Thanks to everyone who participated.

NEIT2010 – The NYSAIS Education & Information Technology Conference

I’m really looking forward to presenting  at the NYSAIS Education & Information Technology Conference on November 10. I put a lot of time and effort into the topic I am speaking on and I am anxious to have the conversation that is planned afterward. We’ll be using the World Cafe protocol to organize the conversation. I am confident that Alex Ragone, Arvind Grover and  Barbara Swanson are willing to help with such a large group.

The World Cafe Protocol

  1. Seat four or five people at small Café-style tables or in conversation clusters.
  2. Set up progressive (usually three) rounds of conversation of approximately 20-30 minutes each.
  3. Questions or issues that genuinely matter to your life, work or community are engaged while other small groups explore similar questions at nearby tables.
  4. Encourage both table hosts and members to write, doodle and draw key ideas on their tablecloths or to note key ideas on large index cards or placemats in the center of the group.
  5. Upon completing the initial round of conversation, ask one person to remain at the table as the “host” while the others serve as travelers or “ambassadors of meaning.” The travelers carry key ideas, themes and questions into their new conversations.
  6. Ask the table host to welcome the new guests and briefly share the main ideas, themes and questions of the initial conversation. Encourage guests to link and connect ideas coming from their previous table conversations—listening carefully and building on each other’s contributions.
  7. By providing opportunities for people to move in several rounds of conversation, ideas, questions, and themes begin to link and connect. At the end of the second round, all of the tables or conversation clusters in the room will be cross-pollinated with insights from prior conversations.
  8. In the third round of conversation, people can return to their home (original) tables to synthesize their discoveries, or they may continue traveling to new tables, leaving the same or a new host at the table. Sometimes a new question that helps deepen the exploration is posed for the third round of conversation.
  9. After several rounds of conversation, initiate a period of sharing discoveries and insights in a whole group conversation. It is in these town meeting-style conversations.It is in these town meeting-style conversations that patterns can be identified,
    collective knowledge grows, and possibilities for action emerge.

I will be missing Liz Davis, as we have used a variation of this Protocol together at Educon. But I know I will be seeing here there again in January.