I would encourage you to watch the interview with Robert McLin at the recent Gnomedex conference. In it, Jeff explains his thoughts about “The State of Now”. The focus is towards business, the Los Angeles 140Characters Conference, and the social web but those of us in education should be able to immediately hear and recognize the message.
Jeff talks about the evolving internet. I really like his concept that the internet was in archival mode from 1993 until yesterday. In education, we do a great job of archival. Take a look at the old practices and materials that continue to live on. Look at the dates and ages of the books. Is all of this information accurate, contempory, and up to date? My science friend Don always makes reference to Pluto when we talk about the difference between learning and simple fact recall. Much to the chagrin of established librarians, we do have library swat teams that periodically purge the history that lives on the shelves in favour of more contemporary titles.
Jeff is quick to note that he’s not all about Twitter although it’s the current tool of choice. He notes that, with the appropriate technology, the same information is available to everyone at the same time. Where else in educational history have we been able to say that? As Jeff notes later in the video, you can stick your head in the sand and maybe it will pass you by.
But, we must be aware that our students are not ignoring it. They’re using this immediate information every day and in ways that we’d be foolish to think that we understand them all.
Recently, @danikabarker, a secondary school English teacher, posted this message to Twitter.
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