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HowtheinternetisaffectingthewaywethinkTeamteachinglessonBarbaraLedfoot andDanRichardson Rucker: "oldschoolartificialintelligenceisbarelyinvolvedatall." "thehappymiraclethattheInternetisthatit'sunmoderatedandcheaptouse.Practically anyonecanpostinformationontotheWeb,whetherascomments,photos,orfullblownWeb pages." "BynowitseemsobviousthattheonlyfeasiblewaytoranktheInternet'sofferingsistotrackthe onlinebehaviorsofindividualusers." RelatestotheWillRichardsonpiecewhereteachersarenolongerbecomingthesourcesof information,butmerelyguides/facilitieslearninginstead. AIintelligenceisnowtheinternet.

Barb:HonestlyIhadcompletelyforgottenaboutAIintelligenceuntilIreadthisarticle.Formany years,manyfearedthatrobotswouldoutsmarthumansandtakeovertheworldsomeonethat possessedthatmuchknowledgewouldbetoogoodforsociety.Andnowwiththeinternet,we haveafauxAI.Anyonecanlogontotheinternetandfindanyfact,pictureorvideothatthey need,andthenumberofthesearegrowingeveryday.ThinkingbacktotheWillRichardson articleonhowtherolesinaclassroomareshifting,thisarticlebyRuckersupportshisquestion ofwhylearninaclassroomwhenyouhaveahubofinformationatyourfingertips? Dan:WhenitcomestothewayinformationistransmittedontheworldwidewebIseeitasa actionfollowedbyareaction.Whensomethingisposted,thereisanassociatedreactionposted too.Itremindsmeofthescientificmethodinthewayideas,theoriesandconclusionsarein constantflux.Overaperiodoftimemeaningfuljudgementsandconclusionscanbemade becauseofthis.Inorderwords,asRuckerstates,wemusttrustinemergence,inorderto forgemeaningfulwork(para.11).Sowhatimplicationsdoesthishaveonlearning?Ithinkthis ideacanbeusedtohelpstudentsunderstandthatknowledgeisconstantlychanging,andwe canuseotherpeoplesideastoconstantlyhoneandpolishourownthoughts.

KosslynHowistheinternetchangingthewayyouthink?DRIdeas Facetofaceinteractionshelpextendourownintelligences,andenableustounderstandand

regulateouremotions.Kosslyncallsthisasocialprostheticsystem. Hecallsitthisbecauseofthewaytheseinteractionscansupportourlearning. Byinteractingwithotherswecandeepenourunderstandingofhowtheworldaroundusworks andhowweevaluateourlearning. Socialprostheticinteractionsdonthavetobefacetoface. Hesuggeststhattheincreasingconnectivityoftheinternetmaybeexpandingthesocial prostheticsystem. Hesaysthatduetotheincreasinglymoreinteractivenatureoftheinternetsocialprosthetic interactsarebecomingmorepersonal. Intermsofmemory: Internetislikeamemory.Anelectronicmeanstostoreinformation. Itsnolongernecessarytorecallfactsforfutureuse,sincetheyarenowsoreadilyavailable. Implicationsforteachingandlearning: Sinceinformationissoreadilyavailableteachersmustadapttheirpedagogytoguidestudents throughthelearningprocessofacquiringinformation,ratherthanlearningit.Sincelessrecallis necessarypeoplecanspendmoreeffortprocessinginformationgathered.Thiscanprove challengingforaneducator,especiallyiftheyhavecomefromalearningbackground/subject backgroundwherethelearningfactsisemphasized.Thatisnottosaythatsubscribingfactsto memoryisnotimportant,sinceafactbaseisrequiredinorderforustobuildourknowledgeand transferittonewcontexts. Intermsofperception: Wecanwitnesseventsfromadistance. Havingeasyaccesstosocialmedia,streamedvideo,onlineradio,podcastsinternetbrings currenteventsquicklyandefficiently. Havingaccesstosocialmediaexpeditescommunicationandnetworking.Ithelpstoinformus aboutwhatsgoingon.Studentsmayhavemisconceptions,aboutcurrentaffairsandwhats goingonintheworld,andhavingaccesstosocialmediawillhelpthemrightany misconceptionstheymayhave.Clarificationcanhappenquickly.Abigconsiderationfor teachersishowproperinternetetiquetteandcriticalthinkingistaught.WillRichardsonstatesin thisonlinebookWhySchool?HowEducationMustChangeWhenLearningandInformationAre Everywhere,thatweneedtohelpstudentsdevelopnewliteracies,skillsanddispositionsneeded toedittheinformationtheyreceiveandpublish.Allthisneedstobedonetobringaboutpositive socialchange.

Judgement: Theinternethelpsusmakebetterinformedjudgements. Thefactthatwecancheckdefinitions,crosscheckourideaswithothersallowsustohoneour ownconclusionsandjudgements. Increasingthespeedwecangatherinformationmeansthatoveraperiodoftimewecanacquire

more,andthereforehavemoreinformationtoprocess.Itisadvantageousinthatwehavemore informationtoinformthedecisions,conclusionsandevaluationswemake.Havingallofthis informationtohandmeansthatweasteacherscaneasilymodelandscaffoldideasand concepts.Bydoingthiswecanhelpstudentsdevelopamoreconditionedunderstanding. Internetconnectivitycanfilldeadtime. Becauseofmobiledevices(iphones,iPads)wecanquicklyaccessinformationonthego,and makethemostofthetimewehaveatourdisposal. Kosslynrecognisesthedownsidetothis,statingthathavingdowntimecanbeproductivetoo. Oftenwehaveglimpsesofinspirationandcreativitynotasaccessibleifwearepluggedintothe web. Barb:IfeelasthoughIcouldfallonbothsidesofthisargument.Ononeend,IfeelasthoughI agreetheinternethasmademesmarter!Ontheotherend,Ifindmyselflookingupmoreand moreinformationandnotbeingabletorecallitonmyown.Ipersonallylovetheabilityto experiencehistoryinthemaking.Icouldseehowthiscouldmakefuturegenerationssmarter howmanytimeshaveyoubrowsedtheinternet,foundatopicofinterestandthenlearnedabout everyfacetofit.Studentsthatareenteringtheclassroomsnowaredoingthesamethingand theyhavethissetofknowledgeandwishtoexploreitalways.

LESSONPLAN:
DONOW: Gotohttp://goo.gl/M6Rckandrespondtothepoll.Afteryouveresponded,thinkofwhyyou chosewhatyouchose. QUESTIONSFORPOLL: Asaconsequenceofincreasedconnectivityonlineareyouascribingmoreorlesstomemory? WhenyouthinkofArtificialIntelligence,whatdoyouthinkof? Doyouuseinternettofilldeadtime? Doyoufeeltheinternethelpsyoumakebetterinformedjudgements? Hastheinternetmadeyousmarter? DIRECTINSTRUCTION:

DiscussionofDONOW AgendaObjectives Powerpointofthepointsofthetwoarticles Twopictureartifactstodrivehomeeacharticleandtosetthesceneforthemindmap collaboration. Usenamerandomisertoassigngroups4X3and1X2 YOUDO: DebateviaMind42.comwith4questionsconnectedtothereadings ReviewanswerswithclasstoclarifytheirunderstandingofhowKosslynandRuckersideas impactonteachingandlearning. QUESTIONSONMIND42: Howdoeshavingaccesstosocialmediaaffectourteachingpractices? Theinternethelpsusmakebetterinformedjudgments.Howdoesthisaffectteachingand/or learning? Sinceweneedtosubscribelesstomemorywhatimplicationsdoesthishaveonteaching? Agreeordisagree? ImplicationsonLearning:Arewesmarterbecauseoftheinternet?Agreeordisagree?