Throughout 2011, anyone who spends time online will have witnessed the increased focus on leadership in education, creative thinking, the spreading of Open Education Resources (e.g. MIT Open Course Ware , Open Culture, among many others) as well as the growing tide of free education, especially at post-secondary level. And of course, technology, technology, technology – in all its forms and areas of influence. Gaming in education is taken seriously as are other multimodular forms of presenting and engaging learners.
Which brings me to ask about the role of social media in education – is there a place for it? If so, why?
Let me begin by highlighting what I agree to be essential skills for today:
- Sense-making. The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
- Social intelligence. The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
- Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
- Cross-cultural competency. The ability to operate in different cultural settings
- Computational thinking. The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
- New-media literacy. The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
- Transdisciplinarity. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
- Design mind-set. Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
- Cognitive load management. The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
- Virtual collaboration. The ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team