Learning Objectives:• Understand the concept of ‘We Think’.• Begin to consider how to use Charles Leadbeater as a theorist in our work.
The basic ideas of We-Think:• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =qiP79vYsfbo
We-ThinkCharles Leadbeater’s book, We-Think,takes a view on the revolutionary nature ofthe internet, but develops it further, -beyond business and consumption - toargue that the way we think and makesense of knowledge is fundamentallyshifting in the on line age.
How We-Think was written• All published online• Collaborative• ‘We- Think’ is listed as by Charles Leadbeater (and 275 other people)
We –ThinkFor Leadbetter, open access knowledge-buildingcommunities on the web allow ideas to beshared and tested much more quickly andeffectively. Ultimately this leads to us becomingmore creative and innovative, as we areliberated from the usual institutional constraintson how things are invented and changed byscientists and academics. Leadbeater usesWorld of Warcraft to make his point and extend itto challenge the world of education, which maybe of particular interest to us.
We Think “In such games it’s the players who create the content. A computer game with a million players only needs 1% of them to create content for other players to use and the game has an unpaid development team of 10,000. If we could persuade the 1% of Britains pupils to be player developers for education, that would create 70,000 new sources of learning. But that would require us to see learning as something more like a computer game, something that is done peer-to-peer, without a traditional teacher.”Charles Leadbeater
We-Think – read online• http://www.wethinkthebook.net/home.aspx• You can read the first 3 chapters of the book online for free.• You can also access the entire first draft of the book.
Reading We-Think• In your groups, read the entire chapter.• As you read, highlight: – interesting facts – Key info about We- Think
Charles LeadbeaterWrite a paragraph describing Leadbeater’sideas. Include:•A summary of what he believes•At least one specific example•Any similarities to other theorists we knowabout•Differences from other theorists
Think about all the tasks we have completedthis year. Where could you have mentioned We-Think?