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I am sitting in David Warlick’s presentation here at the 2007 DL Alliance Conference and blogging as he presents. This is his last session. He was also the Keynote speaker and as I mentioned in my DL Blog and earlier presentation on ITunes U and Podcasting David truly inspired me to start using web 2.0 technology, blogs and producing podcasts.
David has shown us how to access his online handouts and now telling us about a conference called a bloggercon – an unconference. One thing that David does so well is he is able to articulate the future of education and the digital landscape in a very user friendly manner. David is telling a story about how we can create blogs on the fly – during a presentation and publishing notes from the conference.
According to David…“The shape of information is changing – it is trainable – it comes to us instead of us going to find it. We must teach our students HOW to teach themsleves with these new tools”
The new web is all about SHARING. Sharing the KNOWLEDGE. It is more than just a library – it is a place to collaborate. Anybody can have an audience now. Anyone can publish content now. We have to rethink what it is to be literate. Text, media, images are all made out of numbers and it is all digital. Information can be overwhelming. How do we manage all this information. How do I get my message through the storm of data? We must teach our students how to be gatekeepers. How to access and process all this digital information. How do we teach the ethical use of information. Information is now coming out of conversations. There is VALUE out of our content and anyone can access it and even modify it with wiki’s for example.
David is now explaining to the audience how a blog works (what blogging is) as I blog him telling them HOW blog. Blogging, wiki’s and web 2.0 is a giant conversation and anyone can participate and add to the conversation. Information flows in different non-linear ways. We have this global conversation going on – the blogesphere. It is interactive and fluid. David was asked what Web 2.0 is. Web 1.0 was like a library. You used it to find information. Now anyone can publish and is like a giant conversation on the internet. It is participatory – read it and comment on it. It is a new family of tools to fascilitate this giant global conversation and anyone can get involved sharing their stories, ideas, thoughts, ect., in that conversation.We learn better when we have to teach it – blogging is about giving voice to our students and empowering to express themselves to an audience. Blogging is essentially about communication. Writing in a blog students and anyone for that matter has a real audience and that audience can respond back to that students and/or person’s blog. Blogging has the potential to teach students to write and that awareness forces them to articulate their thoughts in a more thoughtful way.
What blows me away about all this stuff IS…in reality Web 2.0 is very user friendly once you work through the initial shallow learning curve. Like david says…it is nothing more than an ongoing conversation that anyone can jump into and add their 2 cents. Our job is to teach our students how to make desision about where to go for the content and when to use an encyclopedia for example or when wikipedia is more appropriate.
We must prepare oursleves for being on the edge of our seats. David is explaining RSS and Aggregators. RSS is written in xml. This is a language we most likely don’t understand. Aggrigators brings the blogs (the information) to us – we don’t have to go get it once we subscribe to the blogs and feeds. We can keep track the type of content that we are interested and want to read and keep up with. Again…”Cool Beans” – “ready for the next level” – this is the new shape of information. We are seeing a major shift in how we get information – a new way of thinking about information – we can train it and it can empower us to be better more dynamic educators.
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