Why do we need to know about social software?

….we are witnessing the rapid proliferation of technologies which are less about ‘narrowcasting’ to individuals, than the creation of communities and resources in which individuals come together to learn, collaborate and build knowledge (social software).Social software and learning, Futurelab 2006

The Social software and learning, report from Futurelab provides an important paper for discussion and debate around the issues of the changing view of education and the skills young people need to develop in the global knowledge economy. 

Futurelab, a not-for-profit UK organisation, works in partnership with industry, policy and practice to:

  • incubate new ideas, taking them from the lab to the classroom
  • provide evidence and practical advice to support the design and use of innovative learning tools
  • communicate latest thinking and practice in educational ICT
  • provide the space for experimentation and exchange of ideas between the creative, technology and education sectors.

You can find out more about the work of Futurelab by coming along to the next education.au seminar in Sydney, Friday 4 August. Annika Small, CEO of Futurelab will be one of the speakers along with Phillip Adams, broadcaster, writer and film maker and James Farmer, Melbourne based online communications designer and Online Community Editor at The Age.

To register go to: https://secure.educationau.edu.au

For further information and program go to: http://www.educationau.edu.au/whatschanged

Deebo – Deanne Bullen – education.au

A new blog is created every second…

“A new blog is created every second, adding to the 37 million that already exist, according to David Sifry, founder of the Technorati weblog data-set and link tracker/search engine.” WordPress.org

Practitioners are also recognising how blogging and podcasting can contribute to teaching and learning. From building professional development networks through to online learning environments.

Supportblogging provides some great practical ideas for uses of blogging in education.

Web 2.0 A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning, a paper from Bryan Alexander, Director for Research at the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE)

These links are the tip of the iceberg of the information, ideas and networks out there in education around the concept of social software.

The next education.au seminar will be exploring how these changes in approaches to learning can make a difference. The questions that the speakers at the seminar will be addressing include:

  • How can a media and communications rich world make a difference in building a better education system?
  • Engaging and empowering teachers and learners. What does this mean for pedagogy?
  • How can technology transform the way people learn?

To register for the seminar go to: https://secure.educationau.edu.au

For further information and the program for the seminar go to: http://www.educationau.edu.au/whatschanged

Deebo – Deanne Bullen – education.au

Don’t miss the next education.au seminar


Check out the Speaker list for this important National seminar!


So What’s Changed? Technology, expectations, connections and collaboration…..

The next seminar for 2006, hosted by education.au,will focus on furthering the debate around building a new vision for education in Australia. Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Collaboration
  • Interactive tools
  • Networking
  • New ways of thinking and learning.

The speakers for the day will include:

Phillip Adams – a controversial broadcaster, writer and film-maker. As presenter of ABC Late Night Live, he has interviewed thousands and can boast to be ABC Radio National’s largest driver of demand for podcast downloads (50,000 downloads for May 2006).

James Farmer – a Melbourne based online communications designer. James is the founder of edublogs.org,the largest educational blogging community on the web. James has worked as a lecturer in research and education design at Deakin University and is currently the Online Community Editor at The Age.

Annika Small– CEO of Futurelab UK, responsible for developing the strategic direction, establishing partnerships and exploring new opportunities for Futurelab. Annika has focused on developing compelling interactive learning resources for those excluded from traditional education.

Mike Seyfang– a consultant with over 25 years experience in ICT. Mike’s achievements include the envisioning and conception of the Microsoft and South Australian Government Innovation Centre.

To register for the seminar go to: https://secure.educationau.edu.au

deebo – Deanne Bullen – education.au