Michael Jensen, in Authority 2.0 and 3.0: The Collision of Authority and Participation in Scholarly Communications asserts that “technology is less the driver of change than is our cultural response to technology.” How is that perspective echoed in our other materials? In what ways have these technologies made an impact on you as an educator and student?
It’s one thing to reflect on and react to these technologies, it’s quite another to figure out how to filter and manage the abundant resources and information now available through the internet. Indeed, in last week’s Campus Technology session, Stephen Downes asserted that social media is today’s learning environment and that the way to find and filter the abundance of information and resources now available to us is by using social media—because you can’t do it with traditional means. Would you agree with that?
In the spirit of collaboration and community building, many educators are turning to these mediated environments to learn with and from each other. Bill Ferriter, a language arts teacher in North Carolina, created a wiki to share with others the what, why and how of social bookmarking for educators. We’ll devote class time to exploring some tools that can help us manage content of interest to us and that can provide our students and us the option of learning with and from those outside the traditional course environment.
This Thursday we will be attending the Top 10 Internet Resources for School Leaders session in LearnCentral. It will be at 6 p.m. 5 p.m. EST time (my fault for giving the incorrect time! It now appears that the incorrect time was given in LearnCentral but it is being recorded and is now available as well as the link to Admin 2.0’s LearnCentral community).