MicroLearning 2007

    Where next?
I
I wouldn’t start from here …
TB‐L’s original vision


The original thing I wanted to do was to make 
it a collaborative medium, a place where we 
(coul...
[From Paul Baran, quot; On Distributed Communications: MEMORANDUM: RM‐3420‐PR,quot; AUGUST 1964, the Rand 
            Cor...
Messiness and Education

WSJ 2001

Marc Eisenstadt, John Seely Brown, et al:

• interactive
• personalised curriculums
• l...
1985: Born — Internet 2 years old; Nintendo release 'Super Mario Brothers'
1990: Start primary school — WWW being conceive...
Slide courtesy of Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo! (http://tinyurl.com/3cjgpp; pdf)
IIa
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 m...
Calling a technology a coral reef
is the highest compliment I can pay.


                             Dave Winer
The Internet as a technology teaches us one 
value more deeply than any other: the joy of 
being connected. 

            ...
Matt Jones, May 2004. See previous slide for link.
IIb
Where next? First steps …
http://pinkyparky.blogspot.com/
http://thegordonschools.typepad.co.uk/ratemymates/
In the workplace, learners can, when they need, steal
their knowledge from the social periphery made up of
other, more exp...
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...
III
Ch...ch...ch...ch...changes
            for
 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 impl...
…  one reason schools work badly is that they're trying to 
make intelligence using recipes for wisdom.



               ...
But
Persistence
  Searchability
  Replicability 
Invisible audience
   http://www.danah.org/papers/Etech2007.html
Teens in America are in touch with their peers on average 65 hours a
week, compared to about 4 hours a week in preindustri...
Displacing Email for Personal Communication


Changing the Nature of Software Discovery and
Distribution

Facebook Marketp...
Facebook's Privacy Policy
3306 words long … And concludes:
   We reserve the right to change our
            Privacy Polic...
IV
Play
http://tinyurl.com/ypjpvd
                                  &
http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2074528,00....
What's needed is a willingness to allow more of
the apparent chaos.


                                   Johnnie Moore
V
So, what next?
Schools are institutions of learning
but are they, themselves, learning institutions?




                (to paraphrase J...
• creative, cross‐curricular ICT
• reverse IT & P2P work
• blogs, wikis
• audio‐ & video‐casting
• online photo galleries
...
• digital & media literacy throughout the school
• run a staff/pupil network council
• “cool tools” monitor
• educate the ...
1. You can’t control, but you can 

   influence.

2. Educate about ICT, don’t drill.

3. Recognise your medium is one of ...
David Smith



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  1. 1. MicroLearning 2007 Where next?
  2. 2. I I wouldn’t start from here …
  3. 3. 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. http://www.digitaldivide.net/articles/view.php?ArticleID=20
  4. 4. [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/.)]
  5. 5. Messiness and Education WSJ 2001 Marc Eisenstadt, John Seely Brown, et al: • interactive • personalised curriculums • lifelong learning • distributed knowledge
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Slide courtesy of Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo! (http://tinyurl.com/3cjgpp; pdf)
  8. 8. IIa Where next? Inspirations …
  9. 9. 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  universities. 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)
  10. 10. Calling a technology a coral reef is the highest compliment I can pay. Dave Winer
  11. 11. The Internet as a technology teaches us one  value more deeply than any other: the joy of  being connected.  David Weinberger
  12. 12. Matt Jones, May 2004. See previous slide for link.
  13. 13. IIb Where next? First steps …
  14. 14. http://pinkyparky.blogspot.com/
  15. 15. http://thegordonschools.typepad.co.uk/ratemymates/
  16. 16. 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)
  17. 17. Give good things!
  18. 18. 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. Joel Spolsky
  19. 19. … we … have recently been collectively developing a much clearer idea of what the Web is really like as a medium in and of itself. Marc Andreessen
  20. 20. III Ch...ch...ch...ch...changes for Natives and Immigrants
  21. 21. 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. Johnnie Moore
  22. 22. …  one reason schools work badly is that they're trying to  make intelligence using recipes for wisdom. Paul Graham
  23. 23. But
  24. 24. Persistence Searchability Replicability  Invisible audience http://www.danah.org/papers/Etech2007.html
  25. 25. Teens in America are in touch with their peers on average 65 hours a week, compared to about 4 hours a week in preindustrial cultures. Robert Epstein
  26. 26. Displacing Email for Personal Communication Changing the Nature of Software Discovery and Distribution Facebook Marketplace: A Craigslist Killer Facebook: The Power of Software that Knows Who You Know
  27. 27. Facebook's Privacy Policy 3306 words long … And concludes: We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. http://www.facebook.com/policy.php
  28. 28. IV Play
  29. 29. http://tinyurl.com/ypjpvd & http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2074528,00.html
  30. 30. What's needed is a willingness to allow more of the apparent chaos. Johnnie Moore
  31. 31. V So, what next?
  32. 32. Schools are institutions of learning but are they, themselves, learning institutions? (to paraphrase John Seely Brown)
  33. 33. • creative, cross‐curricular ICT • reverse IT & P2P work • blogs, wikis • audio‐ & video‐casting • online photo galleries • RSS & aggregators • social bookmarking (del.icio.us) & tagging • social networks & personal learning networks • critical thinking (read & edit Wikipedia) Acknowledgments to Demos: Their Space : Education for a digital generation (pdf)
  34. 34. • digital & media literacy throughout the school • run a staff/pupil network council • “cool tools” monitor • educate the parents Above all, create & sustain an ethos of trust &  openness.
  35. 35. 1. You can’t control, but you can  influence. 2. Educate about ICT, don’t drill. 3. Recognise your medium is one of  collaborative, distributed networks.
  36. 36. David Smith Talk at MicroLearning 2007 www.preoccupations.org preoccupations@gmail.com

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