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Knowledge Bank Online Conference Session 2

Posted by Lisa Hill on July 23, 2008

Steve Hargadon

The keynote speaker today was Steve Hargadon from the USA.  These are some of my notes that I took from the presentation but for more info, do have a look at Steve’s blog because he explains it much better than I do.

He thinks that Web 2.0 is as powerful a change agent as the phone or the car because it involves a new publishing revolution.  We are no longer recipients of information on the web as we were.  Web 1.0= recipient mode; whereas Web 2.0 = the read/write web  involving contributing,  collaborating, & creating.

Steve identified 10 trends in education – and I took beaut notes about his ideas, pasted them in here – and somehow lost them, so now all I have is my headings…


  1. Ability to create content
  2. Tidal Wave of Information – imagine when everyone is contributing to Wikipedia, eh?
  3. Culture of openness
  4. Culture of participation – Amazon reviews (and travellers rating hotels on Trip Adviser)
  5. The age of the collaborator – the wisdom of the masses?  (I’m not so sure about this.  Who needs reality TV and tabloids anyway?)
  6. An explosion of innovation
  7. The World Is Getting Flatter and Faster
  8. The Long Tail – this means that if the cost of something is too high, it’s not worthwhile for a retailer to sell it.  But if somehow the product does become available, an audience emerges for it.  50% of Amazon sales are for things that are never stocked in shops.
  9. Social Learning Moved Toward Centre Stage
  10. Social Networking – it’s not just My Space, Facebook and Orket, but social networks touch an emotional chord and bring us all together.
 What should we as teachers be doing?
  • Learn about web 2.0
  • Lurk – to familiarise yourself with what’s going on, until you feel confident
  • Participate
  • Digest This Thought:The Answer to Information Overload Is to Produce More Information.
  • Teach Content Production
  • Make education a new discussion
  • Help build the new playbook

2 Responses to “Knowledge Bank Online Conference Session 2”

  1. Lisa, what does ‘help build the new play book’ mean? Does it mean have a go at different Web2.0 applications?

  2. Lisa Hill said

    I can’t explain it better than Steve does himself on his website, see Basically I think he’s saying that we teachers should take the initiative & experiment with Web 2.0 because students need us to help them make sense of it all:

    Help Build the New Playbook.
    You may think that you don’t have anything to teach the generation of students who seem so tech-savvy, but they really, really need you. For centuries we have had to teach students how to seek out information – now we have to teach them how to sort from an overabundance of information. We’ve spent the last ten years teaching students how to protect themselves from inappropriate content – now we have to teach them to create appropriate content. They may be “digital natives,” but their knowledge is surface level, and they desperately need training in real thinking skills. More than any other generation, they live lives that are largely separated from the adults around them, talking and texting on cell phones, and connecting online. We may be afraid to enter that world, but enter it we must, for they often swim in uncharted waters without the benefit of adult guidance. To do so we may need to change our conceptions of teaching, and better now than later.

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