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1 Digital connectedness: maximizing the potential of your network Sue Beckingham FSEDA (@suebecks #cll1213) SEDA and Sheffield Hallam University

2 “People need to learn how to connect to new people on a regular basis. No person has all the knowledge needed to work completely alone in our connected society. Neither does any company. Neither does any government. We are all connected AND dependent on each other.” Harold Jarche Connectedness

3 Yes we can do this face to face but technology can help to extend our reach

4 studentscolleaguesfamilyfriends specialism acquaintances business advisors service providers Connections YOU

5 students and alumni colleagues family friends specialism acquaintances business advisors service providers Strong Connections bosses co-workers subordinates bosses co-workers subordinates school/uni, hobbies, neighbours, work etc parents siblings children parents siblings children


7 students and alumni colleagues family friends specialism acquaintances business advisors service providers Weak Connections YOU

8 Exchanges could be between... lecturer and student student and student student and employer administrator and CEO educator and journalist researcher and funding body lifelong learner and lifelong learner

9 Knowledge from a network perspective is about connecting experiences, relationships, and situations. Jarche 2013

10 Purposes of Networking buying, selling, getting a job, getting a contract, advertising, etc. T ransactions business, music, friendship, romance, hobbies, college, etc. R elationships campaigns, aid, human rights, climate change, politics, etc. A wareness medical, recovery programmes, mental health, self-help, etc. C are learning networks, research, personal development, etc. K nowledge music, video, sports, etc. E ntertainment online religious practice, religious groups, spiritual paths, etc. R eligion and spirituality The Tracker Model (West in D'Souza 2011)

11 A “social network” can be defined as a set of nodes or actors (persons or organizations) linked by social relationships or ties of a specified type. A tie or relation between two actors has both strength and content. The content might include information, advice, or friendship, shared interest or membership, and typically some level of trust. Castilla, Hwang, Granovetter and Granovetter. 2000

12 The strength of interpersonal ties is a combination of the amount of time, the emotional intensity, the intimacy (mutual confiding and the reciprocal services which characterises the tie Granovetter 1973:1361

13 (Hoffman and Casnocha 2012:06) However… weak ties can uniquely serve as bridges to other worlds and thus can pass on information or opportunities you have not heard about.

14 Six degrees of separation theory Anyone can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances and that we are just six introductions away from any other person

15 1st 2nd 3rd YOU The Power of 2 nd and 3 rd degree connections

16 1st 2nd 3rd YOU Three degrees is the magic number because when you’re introduced to a 2nd or 3 rd degree connection, at least one person in an introduction chain personally knows the origin or target person

17 We can make these connections through social networks and social media

18 Danah Boyd 2013 Social Media Scholar and Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research “Social networks aren't technologies. They're relationships between people. And those relationships might be mediated through technology, but it's the relationships that matter more than the technology.”

19 Social Media: is a listening tool a conversation facilitator a stakeholder connector a personal learning network a news channel a social networking channel

20 Social Media: can enable connections is a two-way enabling dialogue providing opportunities for feedback and interaction is now an integral component of how we can communicate with our communities and connections

21 Social Media gives humans an instant connection to communicate with others.

22 Social media is "used to describe the type of media that is based on conversation and interaction between people online. Where media means digital words, sounds & pictures which are typically shared via the internet

23 International School Bangkok 21st Century Literacy Skills

24 Graphic literacy i.e. infographics Navigation literacy i.e. internet geographyContext and connections literacy i.e. PLNs Focus literacy i.e. time for solitude switchMultitasking literacy i.e. appliances, peopleScepticism literacy i.e. ‘crap detection’Ethical literacy i.e. trust Rainie and Wellman (2012:272-274 ) New Literacies for Networked Individuals

25 I know I’ve got it filed somewhere….

26 We now have a universe of information and data available at our finger tips

27 BUT… Are we seeing all that we could? Beware online "filter bubbles" Eli Pariser 2011 – Screenshot from TED talk

28 57 signals Google looks at Invisible algorithmic editing of the web.... Is personalising what you see but potentially narrowing our worldview


30 Information overload???

31 “It’s not information overload, it’s filter failure” Clay Shirky

32 Filter By developing good connections with shared interests, collaboratively we can filter what is relevant to us

33 In pairs discuss how you currently find experts Tip: For a future exercise answers could be collated in a shared Google Doc

34 How do you create and maintain new inks and connections?



37 “Networks of people are being mediated such that people are easily able to see who is connected to whom and leverage loose ties to achieve all sorts of work-related goals. Individual knowledge is often less important than being connected to the right people.” Danah Boyd 2013

38 Triadic relationship Diadic relationship Complex relationships


40 mentionmap


42 Go to LInkedIn MapsLInkedIn Maps Log in with your LinkedIn username and password Go to MentionMappMentionMapp Allow MentionMapp to access your Twitter data Go to Wolfram Alpha.Wolfram Alpha Type the words "Facebook Report" into search field Allow Wolfram Alpha to access your Facebook data. How to create visualisations of your connections Note: you may revoke authorisation for these apps from the settings on each tool

43 Your virtual rolodex


45 A quick look inside my PLN Toolbox

46 Academia

47 Couros 2008 Many Educators have been networking and sharing for some time. How do we help get more on board?

48 Jane Hart

49 A tagged collection of web 2.0 tools you can search

50 We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill

51 Sue Beckingham Educational Developer Sheffield Hallam University @suebecks Changing the Learning Landscape – Where are we now with digital literacies? University of Exeter

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