Informal Education Networks - Follow Up Meeting

This is our second meeting looking at how we develop informal networks of learning - which we are doing in a practical way. This group will take shape according to the interests of the people who get involved, and we will map out what we explore.

You are equally welcome if you are new to this group or if you were with us at the first meeting The 21st Century – An Age of Informal Learning and Learning Networks Some follow-up discussions are spilling over from the first meeting into the "How was the Meetup?" space.

At our first meeting we discovered wide-ranging interests regarding learning and we went on to explore three of them in more depth. This second meeting will provide a chance to continue those discussions and to begin new ones.

At the first meeting some people suggested new house meetings and others study circles so this group could become one way of establishing yet more house meetings and study groups to supplement the work of GlobalNet21

The session will again be led by Pamela McLean - described by one of her friends as an online learning and collaboration explorer. She also introduces people and helps them to do useful things - learning a lot in the process and sharing what she has learned. She usually collaborates under the name Dadamac - http://www.dadamac.co.uk/index.html

Some discussion topics may only last for one or two meetings, others will turn into independent study circles, and thus our learning network will become a genuine network, rather than a single face-to-face group.

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  • Ro A.

    I've been looking around at a lot of the ways that people are trying to enable education on the net and there is a lot going on as you would expect. I already knew about a whole load of different sites that helped people to learn but just in the last day I have learnt about two very interesting ones indeed. www.amplify.com are releasing a tablet that is pre-populated with educational apps. Their site has a huge number of links to others who are working on education in the digital age. Another thing I discovered after our talk on using Google apps last time is that there is a Google apps for education version. https://sites.google.com/site/appsenterpriselaunchsite/ training for its use at this URL.

    March 7, 2013

  • Ann H.

    Would love to be there, but have a work commitment!

    1 · February 14, 2013

    • Ro A.

      As far as informal education goes I think that we should first of all consider what is available so that we can next consider how well it will suit us as individuals. I think that there is also a lot of scope to consider something far more in depth in that many places in the world are not well adapted for formal education, often because there are no schools or colleges. That failing is the root cause of many global issues. I don't think that schools have the same status as they did before the introduction of computers and smart phones.

      February 25, 2013

    • Ro A.

      Certainly schools have helped a lot but it would be ludicrous to think that their role has not changed now that everyone can have access to the stores of world knowledge on the internet. I would like to explore this and consider not so much, 'how should children be educated.' or 'how can professionals be educated.' but rather, 'What has changed in the manner in which humanity's mental abilities can be enhanced as a result of the arrival of the computer, and what can be done to take advantage of this to ensure that the world gets better and not worse.'

      February 25, 2013

  • terence f.

    a wide range of discussion with everyone involved but somehow needing a focus

    February 21, 2013

    • Ro A.

      When I said unrealistic I only meant to imply that given the current level of preparation and ability I have they would be unrealistic. My plan is that whatever we decide to do should rapidly become more realistic as we plan and prepare. When the printing press was invented there were suddenly loads of people using the technology to influence public viewpoints and effect change. Our modern world would seem unrealistic in those days yet this is the result of things that happened back then. The future ahead for us will be the actual realisation of many bizarre results. Our tech could enable so much. It would be interesting to look at what other folk have accomplished and see how that could inspire ambition.

      1 · February 24, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks Ro. I think we are in agreement. Regarding change and vision, you may be interested in another project I'm doing which relates to that. If you go to http://dadamac.net/ho...­ and put "Landscape of Change" in the search box (without the quote marks) you'll find some more information. I'm looking for fellow explorers and map-makers.

      February 25, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    Ref - Vision for the group, increasing our personal learning, tools to help us learn, and focus for the group. These topics have all come up in the thread that Terence started, and Ro and I continued. I'm making the topics more visible by starting them again here. so: 1 - Vision/ambitions - let's share them and inspire each other. 2 - Increasing our personal learning - let's find a way to share/list our personal learning interests so that people with overlapping interests can learn together and learn from each other. 3 - tools - let's list the tools that would be useful. 4 - Focus - let's focus on learning to use the tools - tools to help us learn, and tools to help us find people with shared learning interests. On Wednesday we started to explore the possibility of using google+ for online meetings. Maybe Terence would do a practical face to face session for us so we learn to use google+.

    February 24, 2013

    • Mike R.

      I think a practice session at Central Station, learning to use Google Plus, with as many people bringing their laptops as possible, would be a great idea... then we would be free to schedule learning/enquiry/explora­tion sessions in groups of any size we want, any time we want.

      1 · February 24, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      I'd appreciate that opportunity. What does Terence think?

      February 24, 2013

  • Steve J.

    Apologies, but have too much on to make it this time.

    February 21, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      You may like to consider some of the things we discussed yesterday. Are you interested mainly because you are interested is education, or mainly because you enjoy learning things through GlobalNet21 and you want to study some of the topics it addresses in more depth? What kind of GN21 meeting suits you best i.e. face-to-face or through the Internet? What are the issues around Internet based meetings and the reasons for people's preferences if we are going to learn together? Are there any practical issues around using the Internet in our learning? (Familiarity with the technology, access, etc and if so how can we help each other?)

      February 22, 2013

  • Ro A.

    Just wondering, was it Mike and Lesley who were the other two people there last night? I couldn't remember the names for certain.

    February 22, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Mike, Lesley,Chandra and Mel were the new-comers.

      February 22, 2013

  • Gesmay P.

    Hi Francis,
    How do I join the membership. It's very intersting stuff, I hope that my name will come out of the waiting list as I would like to be there.

    February 15, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Hi Gesmay. Anyone who has joined the GlobalNet21 group is welcome to come along. I'm surprised if the waiting list has come into action already as we have 19 people attending so far, and I would have thought we could have a few more - I'll try to find out. People often drop out nearer the time. I would think there is a good chance you will be able to join us.

      February 16, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Glad to see you did get onto the list of people attending.

      February 21, 2013

  • Ro A.

    It feels like it has been such a long time. Interestingly I have been trying out our idea from the last meeting today. I have been given a new teacher who will take over from me in a few weeks so we've been tag teaming.

    February 21, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Hi Ro. I'm delighted you're doing that dance between theory and practice. As I learner I like to learn-by-doing, and then have opportunities to reflect on what I am doing with other people who have overlapping interests. For me that is a large part of what this group is about (but I know it will be different things to different people - and that will be part of its richness). Great news that you are applying ideas that you were exploring in theory last session.

      February 21, 2013

  • Marina C.

    Would love to attend this meetup but no can do. I am a self-development and meditation teacher. If I can help in anyway please let me know.

    February 21, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      You are very welcome Marina. You can help by seeing yourself as part of this group even though you can't come to this face-to-face session. You thoughts, interests and ideas will be welcome here in our online space.

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops, at short notice I've got problems with tomorrow evening and sadly won't be able to join you. Disappointed.

    February 20, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Sorry you can't make it for this session Michael, and hope you will be able to make it for the next. Thank you for the encouraging feedback you have given me since the last session. There is a long term vision for the development of this non-formal learning network. This means it is more important that people see themselves as members of our "learning community" than that they make it for every session. I hope people who are at the session will help to make it spill over to the online space afterwards so you get a flavour of what happened.

      1 · February 21, 2013

  • Gavin B.

    very sorry not to make this -next time!

    February 18, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Our next session may be a webinar. Perhaps that will be easier for you. Meanwhile, your comments and hopes about the group are very welcome here. I hope our learning group will spill over into online spaces, and not just be confined to face-to-face meetings.

      February 19, 2013

  • terence f.

    Let Web based analysis of personal interests and strengths and progress guide the presentations.

    February 8, 2013

    • Jazz R.

      I can do that with the software I created for identifying common interests at meetup events as well as my socialvitamins collaboration software.

      1 · February 11, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks Jazz. So, Terence and Jazz, and anyone else who is interested, what do we do next to move this forward?

      1 · February 11, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I've put some posts about our previous meeting in the " How was the Meetup? section at of The 21st Century – An Age of Informal Learning and Learning Networks - http://www.meetup.com/21stCenturyNetwork/events/89006142/ There are earlier posts from other people there too. I'm hoping that, as time goes by, what happens in our face-to-face meetings will increasingly spill out into the Internet. I hope that as we develop and grow our online activity and archives our online presence will make it easy for newcomers to quickly feel familiar with what is going on and what has happened in the past. I hope this will help us to become a genuine learning community.

    February 8, 2013

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