Integrative Learning And The Gift Of New Media: General Education for the 21st Century
Integrative Learning and the Gift of New Media: General Education for the 21st Century Dr. Gardner Campbell Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning Director, Academy for Teaching and Learning Baylor University www.gardnercampbell.net
Marco Antonio Torres is a 10-year high school teacher, media coach, and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation's largest urban schools in Los Angeles. He is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum.
“ Millicomputing,” Adrian Cockroft http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail3871.html ON THE WAY: 1080p video playback 10 x today’s web surfing speed 20 megapixel camera 130 hours of audio playback on a mobile device.
Our Shared Reality, 2010 “ We are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race.” Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
Flickr Photo by David Anthony Porter http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidaporter/
How long will it take before we see the gift for what it is—a single new medium of representation, the digital medium, formed by the braided interplay of technical invention and cultural expression at the end of the 20 th century? Janet Murray, “Inventing the Medium,” The New Media Reader (MIT, 2003)
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Hofstadter: Generalization involves the ability to internally reconfigure an idea, by • moving internal boundaries back and forth; • swapping components or shifting substructures from one level to another; • merging two substructures into one or breaking one substructure into two; • lengthening or shortening a given component; • adding new components or new levels of structure; • replacing one concept by a closely related one; • trying out the effect of reversals on various conceptual levels; and so on.
“ As of February 2010, more than 2 million user-created levels have been published.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LittleBigPlanet
Three Recursive Practices (for our students—and for us) <ul><li>Narrating </li></ul><ul><li>Curating </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Network effects are most powerful on the open Web using Web 2.0 affordances </li></ul>
The liberal arts / gen. ed. “hazing.” See T. Clydesdale, The First Year Out (U. Chicago Press, 2007)
A paradigm shift <ul><li>From General Education </li></ul><ul><li>To Generalizable Education </li></ul>Photo by Yoshi: http://www.flickr.com/photos/niwru/406431361/
The task is the same now as it ever has been, familiar, thrilling, unavoidable: we work with all our myriad talents to expand our media of expression to the full measure of our humanity. Janet Murray, “Inventing the Medium”