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* Monday, October 24, 2005

20051024-01: Will Richardson's Keynote!

The New Read/Write Web: Transforming the Classroom

Started with a picture of the Portola Hotel in Google Earth and zoomed out

The Read Only Web = 11 years old; have only been able to take/consume from the web
The Read/Write Web = 3 years old; easy to create content, too, now; can also contribute, which changes what we can do

blogging has become such a big part of his life that he sometimes refers to himself as a blogger first and an educator second
believes blogging has educational value, is an intellectual exercise

30+ million blogs
3600% increase in consumer generated video in one year!

Technorati is tracking 1.5 billion links - think about how much information that is!

Will’s 8–year old daughter does a lot of this stuff
easier to publish, easier to share
it’s not just that we can create, but that we can easily publish
creates active participation in the internet

showed Matthew Bischoff (?), a 13–year old podcaster; played some of his podcast
“podcasting from my bedroom”
when you listen, you hear excitement, audience (the podcast is for people he *doesn’t* know)
he’s teaching!

Tess Richardson – showed his daughter’s “weather recipe” book of her drawings on Flickr (what do you need to make a tornado, etc.)
520 people have read Tess’ book
now she wants to publish, she has a blog, she wants to write more
illustrates how it’s the interaction that’s important, not just the creation of content

showed a video of 3rd graders talking about pointilism
“I want to teach you about pointilism”
video is findable in Google

“Society of authorship”
“Age of participation”
“Era of collaboration”

It’s not technology anymore - it’s not about technology
It’s about accessing and sharing information
technologies will fade into the background

changes for teachers:
old classroom – limited, proprietary resources; “pushed” learning
new classroom – extensive, open resources; “pulled” learning
   — if we have access to the information, which only 75% of American kids do

showed the linear algebra course from MIT Open Courseware
includes video lectures; can go through the entire class this way (*if* you’re self-motivated)

the entire South African High School curriculum is on a wiki!!
showed the recent changes page to show how people are working on it right now, even as we speak

“rip, mix, and learn”
show your students how to learn from this

old classroom = one teacher, time and space learning (learn physics every morning at 9:00 a.m.)
new classroom = many teachers, timeless/space-less learning (learn physics when we’re ready to learn physics)
    — not constrained by four walls

showed 43 Things
get an immediate community of learners if you add your 43 things you want to do

the best teachers aren’t the ones given to us; they’re the ones with the relevant information

old classroom = individually produced content, limited forms (text), limited audiences (teacher/class); do your work on your own for me (the teacher) who will put the grade on it; the game is to figure out what the teacher wants (margins, what to say, etc.)
new classroom = collaboratively produced content, variety of forms, variety of audiences; not just the teacher anymore

collaboration: “The Power of Us” in BusinessWeek
happening with newspapers - what happens when everyone has a printing press

Wikipedia is the poster child for all of this
it gives him hope for the future; knows you can’t trust everything on it, but the reality of it is that 98% of the time, it’s a pretty good source
the idea that 98% of the time, people from around the world can come together and collaborate to create good content
there aren’t that many people in the world that want to ruin it
“negotiated meaning” = we have to teach our kids to do this (!)
can’t just give them a textbook for much longer, or even the New York Times, and tell them it’s all right
so have to make sure our kids understand negotiating what is true, not just by reading it in text
that’s why he loves Wikipedia - there are all kinds of ongoing discussions going on in the background of Wikipedia

asked how many people have bought a Fodor’s Guide in the last year or two
just use wikitravel!

“Bob the Builder Moment” = because we can!
why would we limit ourselves to text when we have blogs, wikis, audiocasts, photos, videos, digital stories, bookmarks, screencasts, feeds, and IM?
text is just the container for ideas, whereas online the value is where the ideas link to = JoHo, Loosely Joined

audience goes from one to millions; it can be done, we can keep our kids safe as they publish to the world
“don’t forget to publish your homework tonight” instead of “don’t forget to turn in your homework”

new classroom = students as readers, editors, and writers (because you don’t know what to believe anymore)
have to teach kids to not just accept the information that is handed to them
have to teach kids to be editors

RSS - showed Bloglines
Will noted that you could do persistent search feeds from Google News and Yahoo News
what Will *couldn’t* note is what his library could offer him as persistent search feeds  :-(

showed Furl
let Will do research for you!
think about having a Furl folder for every student (wow)
can see what others create - showed Flickr

old classroom = “know what” learning; memorize the formulas because there wasn’t a lot of access to them
new classroom = “know where” learning; now it matters if you can find the information (why teach the capital of Montana when they can easily find it); just have to know how to find it

showed all of the different Google services

isn’t it more important to teach our kids to find the information they need, rather than make them memorize things they might need just in case?

new classroom: network literacy; your network of online teachers; not just handed one thing and told to believe it; the knowledge resides in the network
can nagivate that network

information coming at us faster than ever before
traditional systems can’t deal with this
need more transparent, more collaborative networks
need teachers to be content and curriculum experts, but they must also become:
content creators (and need to be models for student content creators) – MySpace
— you have to understand what it’s like to publish and what it’s like to write for a wide audience
content connectors - this is how you connect to the relevant information in your life (George Siemens work)
content collaborators – based on those connections
have to be mentors to critical thinking (how to contribute to Wikipedia, etc.)
— how to take what we learn and share it and put it out there for the world
— the entire state of Kentucky bans Flickr from schools ??!!!??!!!
change agents – this stuff isn’t going anyway; it’s disruptive, yes, but it’s not going away

audience question: kids are taking tests, running to the library, blogging the answers, while other kids then go to the library to get them before taking it later that day
Will: that’s pretty creative, isn’t it? what happens when the sum of human knowledge is online; need to rethink the way we assess knowledge; make them show they know the information

audience question: how do you model good blogging behavior for them?
Will: you tell them what you’re doing, how, why; still comes down to assessment; has to be a better way for them to show us what they know

thinks the next 5–10 years are going to be very ugly for schools because they’re going to try shut all of this down but that this won’t work

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