Thanks to Jennifer Maddrell for pointing out this great video which discusses the process of learning and the applicability of learning theory as viewed through the context of learning a new skill, in this case, golf. What is unique about this video is it’s explicit identification of the significant milestone events along the learning continuum. This video is a great companion to any learning theory course.
Starts off with a discussion on the evolution of web-based content creation and authoring services. But then goes off in a very Orwellian direction. Your life as logged, analyzed and remixed by Google.
This has been blogged to death but since I’ve been referencing it in a number of workshops it just made sense to have it here on my site.
Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University, has created this 5-minute warp speed video that shows us the evolution of the web, but also how it has shaped and been shaped by evolutions in the types and social nature of various online applications. It seems to me that this movie could be just the tip of the iceberg and that it would be a great foundation or even a springboard for a larger study of how we are shaped by our technology and in turn serve to shape technology. The cyclical relationship between man and machine. Hmmm…
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The Free Geek Project – Here is a program worthy of note and emulation. Not only does it address the issue of the technology graveyard in a manner both unique and socially conscious, it’s underlying tenets challenge the paradigmatic approach to learning that our educational institutions have come to embrace. Watch the video, observe who is teaching us and think about how you could create a similar environment in your own teaching and learning world!
Technology integration is not a new problem, just take a look at this YouTube video for an historical perspective.
Passed on to me by one of my graduate faculty members.
UPDATE: The original link was taken down by the user, the new link above gives the video but without the English subtitles. But it doesn’t really matter if you think about technology support and watch the body language!
UPDATED UPDATE: ZrednaZ reposted the video by popular demand so I relinked to the version with English subtitles.
The link to this YouTube video came through my feeds over the weekend. As I watched, it struck me that here is someone who gets it. No longer is it ok to maintain the status quo when it no longer serves the needs of those who require our services. Evolution occurs everywhere and the work of the librarian is no exception. What matters here though is that one librarian, Laura Cohen, is fighting to not only retain the relevance of her profession, but to elevate it!
Here are a few of her tenets:
I will educate myself about the information culture of my users and look for ways to incorporate what I learn into library services. (Note the focus on their patrons!)
I will not be defensive about my library, but will look clearly at its situation and make an honest assessment about what can be accomplished. (Note that this is not about me, but about them – our patrons)
I will take an experimental approach to change and be willing to make mistakes.
I will validate, through my actions, librarians’ vital and relevant professional role in any type of information culture that evolves.