Opener #6 : Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
What this book is about - the creation of free and open access educational materials by anyone. No limits on access, use, sharing or contributions.
Companies like Wikimedia exemplify this to this author. Relying on users that donate their time and talents. It has become Mainstream
Web 1.0 to 2.0
Internet has transformed from popular information transmission/consumption platform to a content creation, sharing, remixing, repurposing and distribution model.
Listing of different 2.0 tools, Chinswing, dotsub, YackPack, Youtube,
Exciting times to be a learner or a teacher. All of these tools are essentially asynchronous.
hogging 1/3 of Internet user 79 million people watched more then 3 billion Youtube videos in 1 month.
What happens when crushes bandwidth use? Government involvement? Bill Gates famously said personal computers will never need more the 4mb of Ram. We are in 4 Terabytes now....
There is always this "the internet will end" montra.... usually for control purposes... either government or company initiated.
wireless/mobile tech have made u-learning possible.
this alters the traditional teacher-student relationship by encouraging learners to be more active in their learning pursuits. For example, Martha using her ipad to look up Skatistan ...
ipod.... nearly all mobile devices learners are connected in some way
smart phones, twitter
I find it interesting that Schools is one of only placing you CAN'T have your mobile device.
Humans Online ALL the TIME... attention your LIFE WILL BE BROADCAST 24/7
pocket schools (use mobil devices for school)
1 2 1 laptop
m learning and u-learning
* this utopian ideal is great, but it still rides on the backbone of businesses willing to fund and maintain it through some value added model. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple etc.... don't just give away "free" stuff without getting something in return. Without a companies like these to provide the infrastructure of server farms, software and hardware the "cloud" would not exist.
Youtube is great but it has to be monetized to continue. Twitter currently has millions and millions of users, but has not figured out how to monetize them yet. It will die if it doesn't, disappearing like Netscape, AOL, Myspace.....