It is what it is….get over it

That’s how Andrew Keen sees the culture of the web and new media. I have not read his book but have watched several interviews and lectures. The Truth According to Wikipedia is a great video that debates the merits of wikipedia with Keen and Jimmy Wales key players.

Without rehashing previous arguments, two main ideas override the specifics of the debate for me:

  1. Truth has always be personalized. As much as Keen argues how this will have adverse effects on society, it really is simply the amplification of what has always been. Individuals have always determined this. Yes, in the past gatekeepers have been our filters and we’ve trusted them for the most part but there were always gaps that were revealed, sometimes years or centuries later but truth in many cases emerged. The process is simply more transparent now. The Cult of the Amateur does have merits. The idea that being able to publish somehow makes you important or have something people need to hear is a dangerous concept that we are going to continue to deal with. I have a bit of difficult time understanding his arguments that this is somehow less democratic. We still need gatekeepers but
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What’s for Supper?

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Those who follow me on twitter may know my wife has abandoned us for a week to visit my eldest daughter in Toronto.  While I really do do most of the cooking, in her absence I get a bit lazy. With two teenagers coming and going, it’s often just my 9 year old and me. Coming up with meal ideas can be tough. I posted this playful remark on twitter (see Clay’s description of how he views twitter) and John Pederson went ahead and created this  and then sat back and watched it unfold.

And while all this is easily dismissed as silliness, it demonstrates a number of things about networks. There are actually a few good ideas here.  I’ve often thought about a website to collect recipes. Yeah I know there are a gazillion out there already but getting a recipe from a trusted friend is always better. I liked Ramen Noodle Video link which I may even use on Saturday for a PhotoStory workshop I’ll be giving.  These things happen so much we take it for grant it. I’m blessed almost daily with great … Read the rest

Wikipedia continues to be the poster child for Shifted Learning

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Shifted Learning is a term I’m using frequently as I talk to people about the impact of technology in education. The best single example continues to be wikipedia. I’ll argue every and twice on Sundays for the value of wikipedia.

Scot McLeod
pointed me to this and Will Richardson via his del.icio.us account led me to this which Ewan Mcintosh also found here.

Key quotes:

Please don’t tell me that Wikipedia isn’t a real encyclopedia or one that can’t be trusted. Perhaps it can’t be trusted if you’re prepping for a Presidential debate, but it is sure good enough to help me learn what I need to learn–which is how to quickly take a bunch of facts and turn them into a new and useful idea. Here’s what just about every exam ought to be: “Use Firefox to find the information you need to answer this question:” And as the internet gets smarter, the questions are going to have to get harder. Which is a good thing. Until teachers get unstuck, our kids are going to be stuck and so will we.

…a professor at

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I could be quilting!

Sophie Rosso send me an email today:

You should see the stuff the kids are doing on the wiki. I get the webcam set up today so we can start using Flixn too. This is so great. I can’t believe everyone isn’t doing it. Even the Alt ed kids in period two have it going on. Talk about engaged learning. I could be sitting at the back quilting!! They are helping each other, going above and beyond any expectations I have.

She’d also be thrilled to collaborate with anyone. rosso.sophie [at] prairiesouth.ca

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Moving Beyond the WOW Factor in Google Earth

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

I had the privilege to present at this amazing conference. It was also great to have a number of my friends in my session as well as some new ones. While I felt a bit limited with the time and the speed of my connection, I had many positive comments (People are so nice).

Bob Sprankle was good enough to record the session and post it on his website as well. While I didn’t use a traditional slideshow, I do have the notes on my wiki.

Also, David Jakes posted his SkypeCast notes.

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