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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Scarcity versus Glut

No posts yet in March?

I found this article in New Republic interesting. The author proposes the NEW library. He explains that libraries were established thousands of years ago as repositories of rare information, and they've changed little since that time. Nowadays information is far from rare, we're drowning in it. This leads him to ask "what should become of the library?". He proposes an amalgamation (sort of) of Google books & Internet Archive & the New York Public Library - with everything online, appendable and immediately at-hand.

Interesting fact from the article - 80% of college students start a research project by going to Google, while 1% begin with their college library catalogue...jr

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Get with the times, man....

It seems an old broadcast model just doesn't satisfy a twittering, texting, blogging audience:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Digital Nation

Very interesting program from Frontline:

The discussions about distraction and multi-tasking, and the "Internet Rescue School" in South Korea are fascinating.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Remembrance of things past...

Here's an interesting discussion on the age-old problems of generational differences, educational hand-wringing, literacy and peanut butter (peanut butter gets mentioned in the comments :) ).

Two points struck me as particularly relevant:

1. Every older generation thinks the upcoming generation is: "declining, less well-educated, sloppier, etc." than their own generation was. What's relevant about this point (for me) is that the decline is in the eyes of the older generation, not in the performance of the younger generation. It's a bias of viewpoint. Sociologists even have a name for this tendency to view the present as not living up to the glories of the past - "pessimistic bias".

2. There's a significant difference between the purpose of literacy - which I think is "the ability to communicate and understand" - and the formal teaching and assessment of Literacy. What I find relevant about this is the time lag between media fluency and educational assessments. We educators focus on measuring students' skills in using traditional media, and ignore their skills in using new media.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Special Delivery

Here's a very interesting blog post from Dangerously Irrelevant. It discusses providing students with delivery options for their work. The idea being that students shouldn't always have to write a paper or give an oral presentation - they could choose to create web sites, make videos, create animations, etc. This reminds me a lot of Aimee's & Phil's Career Growth work, where they are offering students a great deal of choice. JR

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Allure or aversion?

Here's a thought-provoking article on the benefits/costs of multi-media & multi-tasking. A sampling:

"One of the deepest questions in this field is whether media multitasking is driven by a desire for new information or by an avoidance of existing information. Are people in these settings multitasking because the other media are alluring—that is, they're really dying to play Freecell or read Facebook or shop on eBay—or is it just an aversion to the task at hand?"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Are iPad's Limitations Design Decisions?

This guy suggests that many of the iPad's so-called limitations are deliberate design decisions made to ensure that the future of computing is not weighed down by issues from the past.