BuzzMachine » Davos07: My big conclusion

  • Quote: The internet is more about collective action. It is about connections.
    It gives us the power to find each other, to join together, to coalesce
    around issues, ideas, products,
    desires, and activities as never before, leaping over all borders, real
    and cultural. That is the historic progression of power that we are
    witnessing…So let them think that interactivity and social networks are ways for
    us to amuse ourselves while they still wield the power. They will wake
    up one day and realize they no longer own the world and can no longer
    look down at it from the top of the mountain. See Alan Rusbridger on
    one of the Davos media sessions, where the head of what can still be
    called the most powerful journalistic voice in the worldd looked up to
    find himself facing a just-out-of-college kid who reportedly turned
    down $1.5 billion for his company and who understands this new world in
    his soul; it’s not the money that should make the moguls jealous but
    that understanding. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook explained to the media
    moguls that the job of media — and, for that matter, government,
    business, and technology — is to bring people together to find
    distributed and elegant solutions to their problems. That is not web
    3.0. That’s society 2.1. And we’ve only just begun. –Jeff Jarvis

    If it hasn’t been obvious, I drink the Jeff Jarvis Kool-Aid. Part of it
    is because I know him and have worked with him. Part of it is because
    he articulates these shifts so clearly, and his vision informs mine for
    what all of this could mean for education and schools. We might get
    there someday… Read his whole post,

     – post by willrich

Remote Access: Signal vs. Noise

  • Quote: As a teacher, I consider one of my main jobs to be serving as a personal guide, helping kids to fill their aggregators with content that is relevant and useful for them. They also need to learn most importantly to separate signal from noise. In the days of information scarcity, we told students that everything was important. When they asked what they needed to know for the test, what was going to be on the exam, we told them simply “everything.” Now it is much more important that they think about these questions themselves. Students need to learn to separate useful information from that which can be quickly and easily deleted.

    Note: This is part of what connective teaching is all about. Not only helping kids connect to materials that are relevant and make decisions about them, but doing it in your own practice so you can serve as that “personal guide.”

     – post by willrich