Saturday, June 12, 2010

Social Networks & Education

Its so big that business & education cannot ignore it.
When you want something you want to read about it.
You want to make a critical decision.
You read blogs.
You check forums.
You ask someone you trust.
How we gain information and use information is different.
The teachers, the trainers and the instructors are the same.
They haven't crossed over.
What happens when the students ae going in a different path to their teacher?
Disengaged students?
Students not recognizing the value of schools?
Teachers & schools need a new strategy.
Schools need to develop a social media strategy
Not to block but to exploit.
Social media is not authorative based it is influence based.
Strategies to engage engagement.
Strategies for inclusion.
Strategies for co-creation.

Social media is an ecosystem.
It is a flat system supporting complexity.
It's about people interacting with people.
It's about influence.
It's about communication.
It is not about passive reception.
It is cognitive.
It is about respect of difference.
It is about communities.
It's about online conversation.

Move education to cyberspace.
Feedback loops.
OODA.

FLAT FLAT FLAT - different minds, different cultures, different interpretations.
Groups affiliation, bonds, trust and improved communication via FEEDBACK.
Social media is not about the tool it is about the communication.
Social media is about the transaprent application.
Forget the tool think about you, your need and your feedback.
It is about connectivity to your knowedge communities.
It is about your participation.
Enable your class to connect and form virtual teams.
Teach to stimulate communication & collaboration.
Teach to gather diversity of information.
Teach to produce creative solutions.
Teach to get feedback.
Teach to get flat teams - free from dominance.

Create your classroom to be about interaction.
Don't teach the tools - the tools will change.
Make learning an evolutionary process that adapts with change.