Howard Rheingold's Public Library Smart Mobs Sir Ken Robinson: Transform Education? Yes, We Must As the new members of 111th Congress wander through the building looking for their desks and lockers, it may feel for some of them like the first day at school. They should hold on to that feeling. One of the biggest challenges they face is sorting out American education. Given the recession, the dire situation in the Middle East and the general state of the planet, education is probably not at the top of their to-do list. President-elect Obama swayed the nation on a promise of change and the renewal of the American Dream. All of this is the work of education. My family and I moved to America almost eight years ago. President-elect Obama has said that NCLB was well intentioned, and it was. I said that the premise of the act is flawed. To face the future, America needs to celebrate and develop the diverse talents of all of its people -- young and old alike. I'm always struck by how many adults have no idea what their real talents are, or whether they have any at all.
RationalWiki:Webshites The following is a list of webshites which may benefit from RationalWiki's snarkful analysis. Be on the lookout for stuff to submit to our "What is going on in the clogopsphere?" page, and to Fundies Say The Darndest Things, but be forewarned, prolonged exposure may result in the following side effects: nausea, depression, high blood pressure, loss of IQ, periodic outbursts of hysterical guffaws, broken keyboards and monitors. Remember to keep Poe's Law in mind.  Abandon all hope 4chan ( If we need to explain this one to you, you haven't been on the Internet for long enough.  Right-wing  Left-wing Andrew Gavin Marshall ( An "independent researcher" and activist who pretty much exemplifies Globalresearch.ca and Truthout at their worst.  YEC and ID  Bible-thumping The American Vision ( Dominionism.  Quran-thumping Calltoislam (  Racist
Watch HowardRheingold episodes on Blip About this original series I stumbled into cyberspace a long time ago and have been a participant observer ever since . I write books and blogs and teach and speak . On my way to doing all that communicating, I seem to do a fair amount of hunting, gathering, and alchemy -- that is, transforming what I hunt and gather into something of value to someone else. In the olden days, I wrote about a slice of life in my virtual community , so now I am reslicing my life by trying to capture some of the intertwingled online and offline stuff via video. I'm definitely still in amateur mind, which is where I think most of us are in the video vernacular that seems to be bubbling up. Episodes of I couldn't resist sharing a quick look at the paradise where I am privileged to sit when I do my work. For my book in progress on social media literacies, I talked to Pierre Lévy about his specialty, collective intelligence. Short clip from Attention 101. These are my little buddies.
Dave's Educational Blog reddit: the front page of the internet 21st Century Literacies | City Brights: Howard Rheingold Will our grandchildren grow up knowing how to pluck the answer to any question out of the air, summon their social networks to assist them personally or professionally, organize political movements and markets online? Will they collaborate to solve problems, participate in online discussions as a form of civic engagement, share and teach and learn to their benefit and that of everyone else? Or will they grow up knowing that the online world is a bewildering puzzle to which they have few clues, a dangerous neighborhood where their identities can be stolen, a morass of spam and porn, misinformation and disinformation, urban legends, hoaxes, and scams? I have collected evidence over the past several decades that suggests the humanity or toxicity of next year’s digital culture depends to a very large degree on what we know, learn, and teach each other about how to use the one billion Internet accounts and four billion mobile phones available today.
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