TEAM CAPTAINS KEYNOTE
Playing in Public

Presenter: George Couros
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
@gcouros

Presentation Title: Playing in Public

Presentation Description: As social media continues to grow, the opportunity to engage in our own learning publicly and learn from others, grows with it. In this presentation, George Couros shares some examples of people “playing publicly” and learning with no end in sight. To be comfortable in doing this, leaders must show that they are risk-takers and lead by example in this environment. George shows how when leaders are willing to learn in such a public manner, it trickles down to all educators, and most importantly, our kids.

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Feel free to connect with George either on his blog (georgecouros.ca) or Twitter (@gcouros)

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Playing in Public”

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  3. Great job and really loved how teachers were not afraid to play with a little fear. That’s usually the hardest step an educator has to take but it gets so much easier when it becomes a habit..to play without any attention to those little details and realize just how much fun it can be. To see my students light up when I tell them that we are starting a new project in Animoto, edmodo, or wordle justifies the reason I need to play more in the sandbox!

  4. Heather Dowd says:

    Thank you for your comments on playing. I especially like your thoughts on publicly displaying our learning challenges. I have always thought it was important for teachers to be able to do that. Before easy online sharing, this meant in a classroom to me. If I can’t show my students how I find out something I don’t know in the classroom, how can I expect them to do the same….as we expect of them every day. The next level is to learn something new and show that learning online. Love it. Thanks!

  5. Heather says:

    I really enjoyed your presentation. I have always considered that I do a pretty good job of being a lifelong learner. I am bless that this concept has been embedded in our family all my life. I received my Masters Degree in IT just 2 weeks before my 60th birthday so I figured I had the continuing learning nailed. Then you brought up about the 100 hours and what we could learn if we devoted that to time to something we didn’t know anything about. Now I see it from a different point of view. While I am learning more and more about IT I am not stepping out of my comfort zone. So what am I going to do? I will have to think about that and see where it leads. Of course, if this is not being done in a public forum so others can see the learning happening it is not totally living up to the idea. Thanks for challenging me to move forward or maybe diagonally.

  6. [...] as I was watching a presentation called “Playing in Public” at the K-12 Online Conference, I felt really energized to show my learning in public. I felt [...]

  7. @Martha The kids appreciate us so much more when they see we are traveling the journey with them. You hit the nail on the head :)

    @Heather D. Thanks for your comments Heather. I actually wrote about that process watching one of our teachers do this. Hopefully this link helps:

    http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/2350

    @Heather I love that you are showing your continued growth. Doing that publicly will just inspire others to do it as well. We have no idea of the impact our public learning has on others which makes it all the more reason we should do that.

    Thank you for your honesty!

  8. [...] “Playing in Public” by George Couros Take-away: As educators, we have a love of learning and consider ourselves to be “life-long learners.” This is a way of life that we want to infuse in our students.  George challenges us to work to learn something new and to model our learning publicly through social media.  This could be a powerful way to model risk-taking, the hard work, and persistence that it takes to be a learner. “The World is My Classroom” by Anne Mirtschin Take-away: Anne truly provides a global classroom for her students.  Several years ago I saw an invitation from her to listen to some of her students make presentations online, and I “visited” her class to listen.  I enjoyed their presentations, and they were pleased that an educator from South Carolina, USA, had popped into their classroom to listen.  Anne is an excellent role model for 21st Century educators! “When Learning Becomes an Event” by Andy McKiel Take-away: It’s important to make learning “sticky” for students.  In Andy’s experience, he has created learning events that matter to students.  What an incredible experience he had to travel to Churchill to bring the polar bear migration & global climate change crisis to life for classrooms around the world! As educators we need to constantly ask ourselves, “Why does this learning matter to our students?” and we need to be asking our students the same question! “How Do I Know I Made a Difference” by Ben Hazzard Take-away: Play is a state of mind.  Play-based learning provides opportunities for creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging.  Can we teach students to be an explorer of the world? Play is the door to exploration. It takes a lot of courage for students to publish their products for the world to see.  This risk-taking boils down to 2 questions: Will I be embraced? Am I proud of who I am? [...]

  9. [...] Meier’s pre-conference keynote The Sandbox Manifesto and George Couros’s session on Playing in Public, I decided to let my students [...]

  10. Kim Thomas says:

    A bit THANKS for a presentation that was informative and fun to watch. We will be using it as part of our Tech PD (CATNIP, Classroom Application of Technology – New Incentive Program) in the Madison School District.

    With much appreciation,
    Kim Thomas
    Madison School District

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  42. [...] Playing in Public was presented by George Couros and posted by Wesley Fryer in November of 2011. ”As social media continues to grow, the opportunity to engage in our own learning publicly and learn from others, grows with it. In this presentation, George Couros shares some examples of people “playing publicly” and learning with no end in sight. To be comfortable in doing this, leaders must show that they are risk-takers and lead by example in this environment. George shows how when leaders are willing to learn in such a public manner, it trickles down to all educators, and most importantly, our kids.” Once again the theme of modeling the behavior and expectations you want is addressed.  If we want students to use social media responsibly, then we show them how we use it. The concept makes perfect sense. Since we are all human, I would be a bit worried about making a mistake, especially if this ‘public play’ has no end in sight. That means it could go where one would not expect which can be a good or bad thing. As long as boundaries are set, rules and regulations, etc. I think this business of learning could be extraordinary. Kids can pick up from educators what we want them to and then their creativity and imagination can take it to levels no one could dream of. This reminds me of Ed Parkour. I am so excited to have my own classroom and see the products my students come up with after I teach, utilizing all I am learning now. [...]

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