Informal Learning • “Informal learning is a signiﬁcant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.” •George Siemens http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
Free/Open Content “describes any kind of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, notexclusively by a closed organization, ﬁrm, or individual.” (Wikipedia)
media stats (2009)• 90 trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email users• 234 million websites• 1.73 billion Internet users• 126 millions blogs• 350 million Facebook users• 4 billion images on Flickr• 2.5 billion photos uploaded every month on Facebook Stats as of Jan 22/10 via Royal Pingdom
The Adjacent Possible• “Good ideas are not conjured out of thin air; they are built out of a collection of existing parts, the composition of which expands over time. (2010) @stevenbjohnson
Midway Summary• Informal learning has always been important, but there is now greater possibility.• The tools ofhave become so sharing & publication remix, mashup, accessible that it has changed the media landscape.• Network literacy will be a vital skill for new & current educators.
“it’s increasingly frustrating to know that my students are not allowed to engage in many of these incredible opportunities. The advice I often hear is ‘It’seasier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission.’”