TB‐L’s original vision
The original thing I wanted to do was to make
it a collaborative medium, a place where we
(could) all meet and read and write.
[From Paul Baran, quot; On Distributed Communications: MEMORANDUM: RM‐3420‐PR,quot; AUGUST 1964, the Rand
Corporation (available online at: http://www.rand.org/publications/RM/RM3420/.)]
Messiness and Education
Marc Eisenstadt, John Seely Brown, et al:
• personalised curriculums
• lifelong learning
• distributed knowledge
1985: Born — Internet 2 years old; Nintendo release 'Super Mario Brothers'
1990: Start primary school — WWW being conceived
1992: 7 years old — first SMS message sent
1995: Amazon, eBay founded
1996: Heading towards secondary school — Hotmail launched;
pay‐as‐you‐go mobile tariffs; instant messaging
1998: Teenage years — Google founded
1999: Studying for GCSEs — Napster; Blogger
2001: Wikipedia; iPod
2002: Studying for A Levels — social‐networking services appear
2003: University — Skype
2005: Graduation approaches — YouTube
John Naughton: http://oscal.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/lecture‐text.pdf
See also: http://www.preoccupations.org/2007/05/making_the_poin.html
Slide courtesy of Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo! (http://tinyurl.com/3cjgpp; pdf)
Where next? Inspirations …
Creating a small piece that can be loosely joined with
others is truer to the spirit of the internet than building
the monolithic “virtual learning environments” and closed
communities that currently fill our schools and
That’s the true Dopplr shift: away from tools that deny
their users’ previous online existence, and towards tools
that fit into the way people actually live.
Richard Sandford (futurelab)
Calling a technology a coral reef
is the highest compliment I can pay.
The Internet as a technology teaches us one
value more deeply than any other: the joy of
Matt Jones, May 2004. See previous slide for link.
In the workplace, learners can, when they need, steal
their knowledge from the social periphery made up of
other, more experienced workers and ongoing, socially
shared practice. The classroom, unfortunately, tends to
be too well secured against theft.
John Seely Brown & Paul Duguid (1992)
Give good things!
Hey, this is my job; this is where I spend my days; it's my
time away from my friends and family. It better be nice.
… we … have recently been collectively developing a
much clearer idea of what the Web is really like as a
medium in and of itself.
Natives and Immigrants
As humans, we're sort of in the business of disturbing
each other. It might be good to embrace the
uncertainty that implies, and maybe also remember
the value of humility.
… one reason schools work badly is that they're trying to
make intelligence using recipes for wisdom.