Creative Commons will be hosting a series of NonCommercial study focus groups in February in San Francisco, New York and online. Specifically, they are looking for K-12 educators and/or non-university librarians to participate in the studies. If you are interested, please follow the link below and sign up online:
, or how to expertly maintain the Mac Book I’m using now.
I have not needed a repair man for anything in my home or even a mechanic for my car. If there is a problem, I’m almost guaranteed that someone else has had the same problem and has shared the solution on the web. I look up everything and I’m very successful at finding detailed information about rebuilding a car engine, repairing a bicycle, learning how to play my guitar better, cooking healthy etc. All of this information used to be very difficult to find, and when found it went for a pretty decent price, now it’s mostly free. I feel comfortable saying I have grown ten fold intellectually since 1998, which is when I got my first computer.
I don’t think learning itself has changed, but the way by which we go about learning, and the availability of the information has revolutionized education comprehensively.
(Duplicate of my post on Tarina digiajan unelmista)…
30 years. There was a time, about 15 years ago, when curriculum alignment in our district helped to make sense of what otherwise felt like a random collection of fun craft projects in the elementary school that I worked in. There was even a competition to see who had the most creative bulletin boards. The principal noted it as such on our evalutations. With the curriculum alignment work, we discovered how many teachers across multiple grade levels taught a unit on the metomorphisis of a butterfly - just because it was so cool! That unit, along with others, proved that there was an overwhelming amount of duplication. Add to that the units aligned with seasons of the year because there were such great art projects that went along with them and you get a sense of why kids perhaps were not performing so well in math!
Now, education is facing a new world. A world that speaks of a new sense of urgency needed so our kids stay competitive. Now, we see that complacency may very well lead to deep and lasting loss for the future of our country. "This too shall pass" is no longer a montra that you hear. Instead, social networking sites such as this one are increasing the proof that change is occurring whether we are ready or not! And I am excited to be a part of it even though this next November I will turn 60!…
cting' novels. What good are they if most serfs aren't literate? Those 'codex books' are just too fancy and expensive to catch on. They distract from real learning, about the farm, selling face-to-face, and royal intrigue."
Yet it seems books helped create the discipline of science since detailed experiments could be more accurately recorded, transmitted, and duplicated than oral tradition and manuscripts alone could. 'Search' and 'the web' may be random today, but as they help students find the "social asteroids" about to hit their lives from anywhere in this 'flattening earth', their value will become known.
Eventually ... math problems will be based on the current day's unemployment figures, practice formulas will be based on Nobel prize winners simulations of the human condition, and students will be expected to solve real world problems for peoples somewhere/anywhere in the world in order to get a good grade, and people all over the world will begin merging simulations of their value system and world observations to see what works.... Eventually. But the 'new book' needs to be ubiquitous before the 'new uses' for learning are found. Students won't study politics. They'll play at it, and maybe discover that, perhaps, it shouldn't be like making sausages after all. :) New technology probably will redefine what learning means, as it has through the centuries. "We've not seen anything yet."…