Digital Tribes and the Social Web

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These slides accompany a keynote speech given on June 29th at the Engaging the Digital Generation Conference at Middlesex University. Full title of the presentation is: Digital Tribes and the Social Web: How Web 2.0 will Transform Learning in Higher Education

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  • Digital Tribes and the Social Web:
    How Web 2.0 will Transform Learning in Higher Education
    cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010
    Steve Wheeler
    University of Plymouth
    Engaging the Digital Generation Conference: University of Middlesex, London, 29 June 2010
  • Digital Tribes and the Social Web:
    How Web 2.0 will Transform Learning in Higher Education
    In the available time....
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    • Transformative learning
    • Inspiration in learning
    • The Tribal Web (Web 2.0)
    • Social Web tools
    • Personalised Learning
    • Digital literacies
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    Steve Wheeler
    University of Plymouth
    Engaging the Digital Generation Conference: University of Middlesex, London, 29 June 2010
    http://www.sessionmagazine.com/
  • New York c 1920
    Transformation
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    http://farm3.static.flickr.com
  • Does education need transformation?
    "In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad."
    ~Nietzsche
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    http://thescholasticdiary.wordpress.com
    Source: Chambers English Dictionary
  • It certainly needs inspiration...
    For the first time we are preparing students for a future we cannot clearly describe.
    David Warlick
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    http://communications.nottingham.ac.uk/podcasts/
  • One tribe or many?
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    Celebration
    http://www.zimbio.com
  • Connection
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    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com
  • Online, En masse
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    http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com
  • Postural echo
    =
    Identification
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    http://www.leifjeffers.com
  • Tribal nature of new media
    New media ... have made our world into a single unit...
    The world is now like a continually sounding tribal drum. Media point us away from individual man and toward tribal man.
    ~ Marshall McLuhan (1960)
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    metapedia.com
  • A tribe needs a shared interest and a way to communicate.
    Internet tribes
    Twitter and blogs ... contribute an entirely new dimension of what it means to be a part of a tribe. The real power of tribes has nothing to do with the Internet and everything to do with people.
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  • Tribes
    The internet eliminates geography. This means that there are now more tribes: smaller tribes, influential tribes, and tribes that could never have existed before.
    ~ Seth Godin
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    http://nedgrace.files.wordpress.com
  • Digital tribes and virtual clans
    There is one digital tribe ... But there are may subsets of this large digital tribe what we can term virtual clans.
    - Wheeler (2009)
  • Wikipedians
    (Deletionism + Exclusionism) /Inclusionism =
    Darwikinism
    Survival of the fittest content
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    Source: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Darwikinism
  • Flickrites and Facebookers
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    http://www.travel-images.com
    http://www.coal-is-dirty.com
  • Mind tools
    Human activities are mediated by culturally established instruments such as tools and language.
    Vygotsky, L. S. (1978) Mind in Society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
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    http://www.phillwebb.net
  • Totems
    It is easier to project your feelings of awe towards a totem than something as complex as the tribe.
    ~ Emile Durkheim
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    http://www.phillwebb.net
  • Digital Totems?
    Gathering places
    Rituals and rules
    Celebration and fun
    Transmission of customs, social mores and values (storytelling)
    = Tribal identity
    = Social networks
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    Source: Wheeler (2009) Digital Tribes
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcbwalsh/3412625028/
  • Digital Totems
    For digital tribes ... their totems are their social networking tools within the World Wide Web.
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    Source: Wheeler (2009) Digital Tribes
    http://www.faqs.org
  • We simply have too much information and we cant make sense of it all. It changes too quickly.
    ~ George Siemens
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    comets.iastate.edu
    Source: www.connectivism.ca/
  • Smart Mobs
    Smart Mobs consist of people who are able to act in concert even if they dont know each other. [They can] cooperate in ways never before possible.
    Rheingold, H. (2002) Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books.
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    http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu
    The Thumb Tribe one thumb signalling
  • Flash mobs
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    http://idirekt.cz
    The power of txtingto organise collective action
  • 3 key human interaction
    characteristics...
    Cognition
    Cooperation
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    Communication
  • Blog
    ... and web tools that facilitate them
    Cognition
    Social Network
    Cooperation
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    Wiki
    Communication
  • DigitalNatives?
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    http://tatango.com
  • What do younger learners expect?
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    http://socialenterpriseambassadors.org.uk
  • anytime
    personalised
    anyplace
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    http://ithalas.com
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    We are family
    http://pro.corbis.com
  • Wii are family!
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    http://wiifitnessdepot.com
  • Personalisation of learning means ensuring that individual differences are acknowledged
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  • You are your own VLE
    Aggregation
    Services
    Tools
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    Formats
    Content
    Channels
    Networks
  • PLEs, PLNs and PWs
    Personal
    Learning
    Network
    Personal
    Learning
    Environment
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    Personal
    Web
  • Digital cultural capital Membership of the Tribe
    Where digital communication has fractured the tyranny of distance and computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital.
    - Wheeler (2009)
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    http://www.coreideas.com.au/
  • Digital literacies
    Social networking
    Transliteracy
    Privacy maintenance
    Identity management
    Creating content
    Organising content
    Reusing/repurposing content
    Filtering and selecting
    Self presenting
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    http://www.mopocket.com/
  • Filtering/Selecting
    Media provide selected access to the world rather than direct access to it.
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    Source: Buckingham, D. (2003) Media education: Literacy, learning and contemporary culture.
    http://fotosa.ru