On Monday May 12th, I attended the SLAV conference “Re-imagining Web2.0 applications and implications” at Telstra Dome in Melbourne.
Will Richardson was the Keynote speaker “A web of connections: Why the Read Write Web changes everything”. Below are some key points from his inspiring presentation:-
- Students have so many different ways of connecting and learning outside school
- The more we block (online websites), the less safe we leave our kids
- We can be so ‘scared’ that we do not allow them to do anything.
- Schools need to prepare students to be ‘googled’ and ‘googled well’
- Social networking is not all bad. It can be extremely positive. Meg Cabot is a good role model for a fine example of use of myspace.
- Clarence Fisher does not moderate but teaches students what to do in particular contexts.
- Students need to learn on demand – they will not be trained or retrained once out in the workforce but they will need to do it independently
- It is important that we teach students how to use and create hypertexted environments.
- Students need to build connections to links and need to be ‘findable’ in order to collaborate
- Connection is the real power – it gives an authentic audience. Students need to connect with people in many different ways.
- Need to change personal learning practise and prepare them for the future.
- Teachers are more important than ever before –
- Students need teachers as
- role models
- for guidance
- their personal experience
It was also wonderful fthat Jess McCulloch and I met some of our wonderful twitter friends @jomcleay, @johnpearce and @jennylucca. John Pearce is about to launch his new book, so all the best with that, John. Disappointingly, I missed meeting @bookjewel as none of us really know what the others look like. We tend to put our best photos up (often a few years younger!!) or hide behind avatars!!