Wesch is the keynote speaker at this year’s TLT Symposium … have you registered?
I think of a disruptive technology is something that changes the way people interact. This includes changing how people create knowledge and organize themselves into groups.
McLuhan said the medium is the message. The Web 2.0 (for lack of a better term) world has brought with it a message that is egalitarian when it comes to knowledge creation. The authority of the book, tv news show, and newspaper are undermined by the fact that anyone can now create and distribute. The meaning of authorship changes as now anyone can copy, remix, re-edit, add, subtract.
Each conversation online enforces the non-authoritarian view. This is the message of the medium. No matter what is being said, this same message is coming across. I practically live online. I just this week have realized that I really bought into the medium’s message without realizing where the message was coming from, exactly. I was hearing the message constantly without realizing it. How much did it affect my thinking without me knowing it? I paid attention to the content being transmitted by the web, without realizing consciously the message it was repeatedly sending me. This is not to say that I believe I have been brainwashed anymore than someone who does not buy into this worldview has been brainwashed by reading books. In both cases, there may be a little brainwashing going on.
Great read about the potential power of Twitter. Comments? Thoughts?
Must read. I think it spells out why we are all living with at least one foot in the door with all of the web 2.0 stuff.
A Twitter like tool that is being developed called edmodo.
So we spent some time looking at Flickr today … what we’d like you to do is take the next step and actually create a Flickr photo set that you can use for teaching. Once you’ve done it, please write a brief description of what you decided to teach and the approach you’ve taken on your personal blog. Today in class we looked at a few examples:
The other type of presentation you will be asked to do during the semester relates to a particular technology and how you envision it being used in a teaching and learning context. This will be done in your teams, with each person participating at an equal level. The desired outcome is a presentation in class that you will provide the class an introduction to the technology and will specifically answer the following 7 questions:
- What it is?
- Who’s doing it?
- How it works?
- Why is it significant?
- What are the downsides?
- Where it is going?
- Why it matter to teaching and learning?
- Podcasting – Team Heather (Heather, Mihn-Dan, Betsy) (Feb 28, 2008)
- Wikis – Team Jackalopes (Steve, John, Pooh) (March 20, 2008)
- Twitter – Team Tweets (Liz, Mike, Brandon, Donna) (April 10, 2008)
- FaceBook – Team PC (Tim, Bennet, Janmarie) (April 17, 2008)
- YouTube – Team We’re Thinking About It (Jason, Becci, Doug, Keith) (April 3, 2008)
- Del.icio.us and Social Bookmarking
- Select your technology.
- Schedule your presentation date.
huh. what a cool video. It really makes you think. I’d like to consider myself down with the technogarble, but in reality, I don’t have a clue when it comes to creating anything. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have the facebook page and I can add stuff to that, but it’s all clicking on other people’s work and putting it in to something that was designed for me to be able to easily use.I guess I’ve never really thought (perhaps intentionally chosen not to think about it) about what goes on behind scenes the internet. I’ve had this blind acceptance mentality going on. it’s pretty cool that these pages are designed in a way to make them flexible for the internet world to use as we like. at the same time…it’s kinda scary to think how this open information flow can change things. the “rethink” section at the end of the video really makes you think.. “rethink copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves” where does it go from here? the really cool, but really scary question is… where can’t it go from here? huh. wow.
Want to know what Harvard thinks is happening in terms of the future? Of course you do. This set of articles covers the gamut from why gaming is valuable as a learning environment to what fields actually need experts. Choose some trends that interest you and check them out.
I really enjoyed meeting all of you today and I was thrilled that the attached presentation created enough interest to drive the discussion we had. It is attached as a PDF … please feel free to send me any comments or thoughts, or better yet, leave them here once the comments for the course blog are activated.