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…
- Ability to create content
- Tidal Wave of Information – imagine when everyone is contributing to Wikipedia, eh?
- Culture of openness
- Culture of participation – Amazon reviews (and travellers rating hotels on Trip Adviser)
- The age of the collaborator – the wisdom of the masses? (I’m not so sure about this. Who needs reality TV and tabloids anyway?)
- An explosion of innovation
- The World Is Getting Flatter and Faster
- 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.
- Social Learning Moved Toward Centre Stage
- Social Networking – it’s not just My Space, Facebook and Orket, but social networks touch an emotional chord and bring us all together.
- Learn about web 2.0
Lurk – to familiarise yourself with what’s going on, until you feel confident
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