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    Thinking Deeply About the Shallows (update) Thinking Deeply About the Shallows (update) Presentation Transcript

    • South of Amman, June 25th, 2011
    • THINKING DEEPLY ABOUT
      THE SHALLOWS.....
      Michael Coghlan
      Mobilizethis
      22/10/21010
    • BASED ON REFLECTIONS ABOUT:
      • THE SHALLOWS: What the Internet is doing to our brains – Nicholas Carr
      • Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age – Larry Sanger
      Memorisation unnecessary
      Collaboration v Individual Learning
      Books (Deep Reading) v Network Constructed Knowledge
    • NEW TECHNOLOGY
      ROUTINELY INSPIRES
      FEAR OF CHANGE
    • THE MEDIEVAL HELPDESK
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
    • HISTORY
      • Socrates feared the end of the oral tradition and consequent decrease of intellectual capacity
      • Bishop of Milan (380): silent reading considered unnatural
      • Samuel Johnson (18th c) – 2 kinds of knowledge:
      • The knowledge you keep in your head
      • The knowledge that you need to know how to locate
    • NEUROPLASTICITY
    • INTELLECTUAL ETHIC
      • “the message that a tool or medium transmits into the minds and culture of its users”
      • Internet: “a culture of distraction”
      • Multitasking
      • Hypertext
      • Addiction
    • DEEP READING; A Poem:
      The house was quiet and the world was calm.
      The reader became the book; and summer night
      Was like the conscious being of the book.
      The house was quiet and the world was calm.
      .......
      The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
      The access of perfection to the page.
      (Wallace Stevens)
    • Horizontal Learning (multitasking)
      SMS
      Surfing
      iPod
      Assignment
      Watching
      video/TV
    • HORIZONTAL
      V
      VERTICAL
      LEARNING
    • Vertical Learning (single focus)
      Assignment:
      What were the
      principal
      factors that led
      to the Indonesian
      coup in 1965
      and the eventual
      downfall of
      President Sukarno?
      (5000 words)
    • TO CONSIDER:
      • Are we becoming a distracted society?
      • Are you finding it harder to concentrate on one thing for long periods? Are you seeing evidence of this in others? Does this matter?
      • Is the 'age of the book', and the age of enlightenment characterised by deep reading and contemplative thinking coming to an end? If so, does this matter?
    • REFLECTIONS ON:
      • Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age – Larry Sanger
      Memorisation unnecessary
      Collaboration v Individual Learning
      Books (Deep Reading) v Network Constructed Knowledge
    • MEMORISATION
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanpopo-himawari/2487759975/
    • Collaboration
    • THE INDIVIDUAL WITHOUT A NETWORK
      CC Licensed Image by Courosa - http://www.flickr.com/photos/courosa/3863055058/
    • THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK? AND THEREFORE OF READING?
    • http://flickr.com/photos/32912387@N00/171506548/
    • SLOW LEARNING
      "It is going to become very fashionable at some point to be disconnected," Silicon Valley futurist Paul Saffo predicts. "There are going to be people who wear their disconnectivity like a badge.“
      http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070111/1a_tech-noxx.art.htm
    • SLOW LEARNING: A Dangerous but Powerful Idea - Counter Acceleration and Speed with Slowness and Wholeness
      • Geetha Narayanan is Principal Investigator with Project Vision at the Centre for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) within the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, India.
    • Geetha Narayanan- Slowness as a pedagogy
      • consciously embrace the core value of slowness – both as way of being and as a way of learning
      • culture of immediacy values fast knowledge which in turn runs counter to the development of both the self and the mind.
      • The thoughtless and widespread use of technology as the universal solution to the rising need for fast knowledge is wrong and must be questioned. Often in developing countries, such as India, the term ‘digital divide’ is used to support the argument that the use of new technologies, alone, will create conditions of learning … That is not true
      • the new digital technologies are tools that allow for learners to develop their imaginations, to be able to play and to have fun, to be able to tell stories in different and exciting ways. But in order to generate value they need to be integrated into new forms and structures in an invisible and contextual manner - one where new media arts can sustain social change.
      • Slowness promotes “wellness of being”
    • WHAT MIGHT WE BE LOSING, AND WHAT IS THE TRADE-OFF? (IE WHAT ARE WE GAINING?)
    • Horizontal v Vertical Learning
      The discerning eteacher:
      • Acknowledges the nature and influence of horizontal learning (multitasking)
      • Knows when to encourage vertical learning (single focus activity)
    • TWITTER > COMPLEXITY
      Howard Rheingold at http://screenr.com/rNl
    • mikecogh@gmail.com