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    I'm reaching out to my Edmodo groups past and present.

    I've been invited to present at TEDxSingapore. Am thinking of crowdsourcing a presentation on educational change.

    Are you game? If so, feel free to direct message, email or tweet (@ashley) me. Hope to hear from some of you.

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      Mr. TAN said May 6, 2011

      By learning the appropriate behaviours to minimise undesired risks when using social media, the students definitely benefit from it. More importantly, I feel that the approach the writer has adopted increases 'buy-in' from parents in accepting the use of social media in schools. This is because parents' participations in their children school assignments and projects closes up the technological gap between them. Also, the approach also make them feel more secure about allowing their children to use social media. At certain point, parents will be assisting teachers more...

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      Dr. Tan said May 11, 2011

      Good point about the buy-in. This is something we discuss in the other course that I facilitate for inservice teachers.

      Strangely, not many mentioned it in their final assignment. It leave me wondering if we still have that do-as-I-say mindset.

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    I've posted a few specific comments on your individual assignment in the submission area.

    Generic comments are embedded in the Google Spreadsheet that displays the points. Roll the cursor over the assessment category to get details.

    • Ms. Chan
      Ms. Chan said May 5, 2011

      Thank you for your comment and encouragement. Dr Tan. I will take your advice and improve on future attempts. :)

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      Mr. TAN said May 5, 2011

      Reading this featured blog, I've come to realize that learning through facilitated collaboration and sharing is in itself 'Lifelong' ; I mean self-sustaining at certain stage of the learning process especially via Web 2.0. I feel that it is the connectedness inherent in the collaborative learning process that is lifelong and sustainable resulting from the presence of emotional link. In other words, stayed connected among participants over time on the same platform creates the sense of belonging and emotional attachment spurs active participation that comes naturally more...

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      Mr. TAN said May 4, 2011

      One key idea that keeps popping up in this featured blog as well as a few other featured blogs in the past few weeks is connectedness. Yes, I have come to realized that it is not being 'networked' that matters ; it is about being 'connected' that really matters in learning in the current digital age. The only way to be 'connected' and not merely 'networked' is to participate actively via collaborative sharing and learning.

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      Dr. Tan said May 4, 2011

      Hence the rise of connectivism. :)

      BTW, the most recent entry at the Connectivism blog sheds some more light on this issue: http://www.connectivism.ca/?p=307

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    A report in today's newpaper: Teachers and students on social networking sites- Students as facebook friends: Confirm or ignore?
    Age old debate on whether teachers should add their students as friends in facebook. We have to change our mental model before able to effectively tap on social networking sites to reach out to students.

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      Mr. TAN said May 1, 2011

      This is a aged old debate ; I think it will go on and remain a highly normative argument without an end. I remembered reading one article which shared a story of how two Chinese villages dealt with large volume of water inflow that melted after every year during early Spring. The people of one village built a large high wall to prevent the water from flowing into the village. The people of another village built several canals of different sizes to guide the flow of water into the village so as to tap it for use in their daily life. The analogy here is how teachers/trainers more...

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      Dr. Tan said May 4, 2011

      My two cents:
      1. Here is what my student teachers thought of this issue: http://voicethread.com/share/1377551/ (requires a system that plays Flash)
      2. The mental model that needs to change is "content at the core, socialization at the periphery". To leverage on social media, it has to change to "social at the core, content at the periphery".

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      Mr. TAN said May 4, 2011

      Thanks for responding. Yes, I read about the core and periphery in your blog. I remembered this statement vividly because of the photo of the apple exposing the core. In writing, it is easy. But I think I will find difficulty to put it in practice. It could be due to the fact that my mental concept of learning has been deeply entrenched under the traditional way of education. My God ! I am having problem shedding this mindset of content at the core.

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      Mr. TAN said Apr 30, 2011

      Interesting reflections ! The commonly known idea of Worklife Balance has now evolved to Work-Screen Balance. In my opinion, be it the common notion of Worklife Balance or the new notion of Work-Screen Balance, the ability to have "connectedness" with others online boils down to individual's sincerity and commitment in addition to 'Passion' which the writer has mentioned in her featured blog. May be, it is timely to talk about the need to have 'ethics' to bind all online users when using social media learning for effective collaboration and more...

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      Dr. Tan said May 4, 2011

      Then consider this: Balance requires you to put "work" at one end and "not work" on the opposite end. That is one model to frame modern life.

      I think and operate by another model, the integrated one. For me, there is no difference between "work" and "not work". I "work" when I am at home; I "not work" (and network) when I am at work. For example, what would you consider my replying to this Edmodo item during office hours be now that our course is officially over?

      I think that the first model plays
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      Mr. TAN said May 4, 2011

      For the layman, it has been a dream to have a job or work that is in line with our interest or hobby. For many, such scenario is an ideal. Lucky for those who has a job/work that is also their hobby/interest. For some individuals, they manage it by putting work and play as opposing ends. For some, they take to the approach of mixing fun in work, and add in serious elements in play. It is all up to individuals depending on their perspectives of life. I do not think there is a "right way". Of course, if we cannot have a job/work that is aligned with our hobby/interest, more...

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      Mr. TAN said Apr 28, 2011

      This featured blog reminds me of the common Community of Practices (COP) in which different people with common interest meeting on a regular basis to discuss problems, concerns and issues as well as to share solutions and best practices. Social Media such as Edomodo, Wiki, Diigo etc are great platforms that are electronic versions equivalent to the usual COP but I believe they are more effective and meaningful. I am not advocating such electronic platforms replacing the face-to-face COP but as additional platforms for sharing and learning beyond the traditional COP arrangement.

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      Dr. Tan said May 4, 2011

      One thing to remember about Lave and Wenger's original idea of COP was that it was conceptualized at a time devoid of things like Twitter and Facebook.

      The more dominant e-tools that that time were things like newsgroups and online forums. The reach of such tools was nowhere near those of today's tools so the idea of COP was somewhat limited and based largely on what happened face to face. After all, it was easier to tell stories and share experiences face to face then.

      But now we have simpler and more widespread tools that are functionally
      more...

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      Tay Kian Leng Patrick said Apr 28, 2011

      Something struck me when I was reading this article, the point which B Gosselin mentioned -"is it really enhancing the learning or is it just technology". I guess sometimes we as teachers do lose sight and just tried using technology just for the sake of using, instead of reflecting on whether the technology used is effective or suitable.

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      Dr. Tan said May 4, 2011

      In other words, don't fall into the cool tool trap.

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      Mr. TAN said Apr 25, 2011

      I can feel the enthusiasm and sense of achievement in this featured blog. This reminded me that my mentor once mentioned that as trainer, we needed to project our positive energy in our training because what had gone around would come round. If we appeared indifferent, our learners would not sound interested either. In short, our conviction would be felt by our learners and this would be positively channelled back to us from learners, just like the co-teachers' responses that were mentioned in this featured blog. In fact, even strangers would be convinced by our advocacy more...