Howard Rheingold - Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy

Discover how giving students more responsibility in shaping their own curriculum can lead to more active participation.

About The Speaker(s)

Howard Rheingold currently teaches at Stanford University, Communication Department. He is the author of:
Tools for Thought http://www.rheingold.com/texts/tft/
The Virtual Community http://www.rheingold.com/vc/book/
Smart Mobs http://www.smartmobs.com
Net Smart http://www.rheingold.com/netsmart

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  • (24:05) What connections [do] you see to the experiments that Howard has been describing for us and some of the work that you're engaged in?
  • (24:22) To what extent, Howard, do you see people finding and locating and bringing in knowledge and to what extent are they creating and developing new knowledge?
  • (28:42) How do all of these different texts and conversations and issues and debates we're having--how do they connect, what do they mean?
  • (30:10) [Regarding] these principles that Howard's describing for what he calls "motivated self-learners," what are the opportunities and challenges for trying to do it in the K-12 context?
  • (30:36) How can we help teachers shift from controlling the flow of learning to becoming an "esteemed co-learner"?
  • (35:05) What does it take to move from that transformative experience to actual shifts in practice?
  • (37:45) Howard, can you talk a little about the influence of Illich's "Deschooling Society" on your thinking?
  • (40:05) Are students just curating/posting old knowledge or reconstructing/remixing old knowledge/new ideas to create a "new" form of thinking?
  • (48:27) The communities that you are essentially convening, will they be able to hold different truths that really go in different directions? Is that a worthy goal, or is that really a freaky, scary outcome?
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