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A summary and review of Curtis Bonk's 2009 book, which presents learning technology trends that are transforming education and opening opportunities for people around the world.

A summary and review of Curtis Bonk's 2009 book, which presents learning technology trends that are transforming education and opening opportunities for people around the world.

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  • The basis of this book, and the model upon which it is built, concerns how such technology offers new hope for educating the citizens of this planet. This book will reveal and document 10 learning technology trends that are revolutionizing education and transforming life in the twenty-first centuryDr. Bonk has documented new forms of learning that occurs in ships, trains, subway cars, sailboats, and virtual worlds. He has stories from YouTube, Wikipedia, Facebook, and many online learning programs, including the University of Phoenix, University of Maryland, and the African Virtual University. The YouTube section of the book, for example, presents the stories of people whose videos have attracted the attention of millions of viewers. he has documented innovative technology projects the British Library, Google, Microsoft, the Smithsonian, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Deloitte, the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense, Saudi Aramco, Intel, Cisco, etc. Other things highlighted include Web-based learning of colossal and gigantic squids, Grimm.s Fairy Tales, CurrentTV (Al Gore.s network), and online tutors from India. While many of these educational initiatives have positive outcomes, Dr. Bonk also cautions people as to the dangers of all this technology including stories of those who die while gaming in Korea.
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  • Scribd is a social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents.

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  • 1. An interactive review
    Anyone can now learn anything from anyone at anytime.
  • 2. Dr. Bonk outlines ten key technology and learning trends that are opening the door to education opportunities for people throughout the world. He calls these openers.
    WE ALL LEARN
    So let’s learn about the openers!
  • 3. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 4. Web searching in the world of eBooks is the first, critical step to finding powerful content for eLearning.
  • 5. Digitization means the world’s libraries are a click away, and Google jockeys find resources relevant to the class/presentation topic in seconds.
    What’s a Google Jockey? Click to find out!
  • 6. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 7. E-Learning and blended learning have spread across the globe, helping break barriers to educational access. These schools are good examples:
    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    Capella University
    Project Tomorrow
  • 8. Even students who have not been successful in traditional classroom settings are designing their own international learning community that flexes to their needs and interests. Notschool is a web-based, innovative model for education, where learners are researchers and teachers are mentors.
    Check out the notschool website here.
  • 9. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 10. The availability of open source and free software are enhancing education and transforming learning throughout the world. Some examples:
    Hover over a logo and click for more info!
  • 11. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 12. Initiated by MIT in 2001, open courseware places content on the web for millions to view and learn from for free.
    Watch a two- minute preview now…
  • 13. Leveraged university resources can be used to put together a college education from your choice of the best institutions in the world.
  • 14. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 15. Learning portals and repositories transform learning possibilities by offering rich resources
    MERLOT:
    Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. Recognition for contributions to quality higher education.
    Connexions
    A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute.
    Click on the names for more info
    Museum of Online Museums
    contains links to brick-and-mortar museums with an interesting online presence; exhibits of interest to design and advertising; an ever-changing list of interesting links to collections and galleries
    Curriculum + Wiki = Curriki
    An online environment created to provide universal access to free curricula and instructional materials for grades K-12 to anyone who needs them. Collect, contribute and collaborate.
  • 16. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 17. Learners now take an active role in finding, designing, repurposing and sharing content. This is eLearning 2.0.
    Find out why teachers should be paying attention to the digital natives.
    Voxopoptalkgroups let you discuss your interests and passions with people from all over the world, using your real voice.
    Click the logos to learn more!
    View the most watched education related video
    Committed to a worldin which every human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
  • 18. My personal favorite site that I learned about in this book: Scribd is a social publishing site, where millions of people share original writings and documents.
  • 19. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 20. Electronic collaboration and interaction is a vital learning principle. Our exchanges with others deepen learning beyond what we can achieve on our own.
    Two examples of online collaboration in action coming up…
  • 21. Example #1
    Most of the “solvers” are people who are completely outside the field of the challenge presented.
    An open innovation source to create breakthrough solutions…
  • 22. Example #2
    ePals is designed for primary-secondary school use and is based on the latest research for effective Internet-based learning.
    Matches can be searched by topic or interest, too!
  • 23. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 24. Games, simulations and virtual worlds offer more authentic online classroom scenarios, than simple text does. This has lead to both excitement and skepticism for those in the education field.
    Secondlife is now used at colleges around the US for everything from campus tours to graduate classes!
    Click here to view a Secondlife class promo by a Harvard law professor
  • 25. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 26. Learn more aboutOne Laptop per Child
    M-learning has emerged with the increasing use of mobile devices. Now educational activities are following the learner, instead of the learner having to arrive at a certain place to obtain it. Schools are starting to embrace this technology and integrate it into the curriculum, rather than banning it from the classroom.
  • 27. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
    E-Learning and Blended Learning
    Availability of Open Source and Free Software
    Leveraged Resources and Open CourseWare
    Learning Object Repositories and Portals
    Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
    Electronic Collaboration
    Alternate Reality Learning
    Real-Time Mobility and Portability
    Networks of Personalized Learning
  • 28. Technology and online social networks have empowered learners to participate in personalizing their learning experience. Sharing ideas via Facebook, blogs, podcasts, and YouTube, Flickr and more have become central to our lives.
    Want to learn a language? Connect and practice with partners around the world on one of these 3 sites (click on logos)
  • 29. This book gets 4 out of 5 splats.
    Bonk’s enthusiasm for the internet as the ultimate tool for global education is invigorating and he provides many good examples of information sharing that did not happen prior to the wide spread use of the Web.
    Bonk does not spend much time analyzing how the availability of information will lead to genuine learning – which is the question that most concerns me about eLearning. Access does not guarantee understanding.
  • 30. In addition to K-PhD educators and students, trainers at small businesses with minimal budgets would benefit because of the numbers of free or low-cost options offered in this book. Buy it now, while the technology is fresh!
    Now you know what to get teachers for a holiday gift this year!
  • 31. If the world is truly open, then this book should be shared in an open source format with learners and educators around the planet. If so, then the resources offered could be transforming the learning landscape to a place where WE ALL LEARN.
    Click here to visit The World is Open website!
  • 32. This was a review of:Bonk, C. J. (2009). The world is open: How web technology is revolutionizing education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    Presented by Michele Lenhart
    Ithaca College
    I hope that you enjoyed it and learned at least one new thing!