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Thursday, October 12, 2006


dave cormier

great post Josie.

Most useful new language I've seen in a long time. I've already used it back on my blog. Looking forward to seeing the full piece. cheers.dave. http://davecormier.com/edblog/?p=81


This is an interesting critique Josie – I think that what you are seeing is the anxiety/ or perhaps inability of the established players when asked to imagine a future model that makes the past redundant – people in currently established roles that rely on “closedness” trying to figure out/ rules on “openness” - the potential of commons based production and interaction (your engagement bit)

Jamie Boyle Duke University has a fascinating Keynote Presentation: Reinventing the Gatekeeper - Beyond Broadcast 2006-10-08 Reinventing Public Media in a Participatory Culture that explores the big ideas underneath what you are identifying here – you need to set aside an hour but is more gripping than Prison Break

Boyle argues “We have an inability to see clearly the potential of commons based production” because
1. We are very bad at predicting the future and
2. We are not rational in our economic decision making – we are hugely risk adverse.
In any system [ be it content generation – network design – individual organisation] when we think about how to generate cultural content – what should be owned, controlled, permitted etc – we tilt towards ideas of “protection, enclosure, closedness, property and proprietariness rather than openness”

Better still he has some suggestions on how to deal with this that might advise what you are trying to enccourage

I have just been teasing out this thinking wrt our curriculum redesign project in New Zealand rather than "personalisation" but the issues are similar
For example “Set yourself the task of producing the educational curriculum for the 21st Century for a country determined to transform itself into a knowledge based economy and society. A country determined to do this in a way that is distinctive to New Zealand and to ensure that all New Zealanders have a stake in the process, both now and in the future. Would you create a massive organization of paid experts to consult widely and then produce a document that is controlled by copyright? Or would you wait for people from across New Zealander and elsewhere to produce, and search engines to organize, a cornucopia of a curriculum for the 21st Century learner?” read on

Tony Sheppard

Thank you for coming along on Wednesday and speaking about this. Personalisation is yet another area that needs bringing into schools, especially those that have yet to make serious headway with independant learning (all too many, being honest).

I have spent the last 2 days thinking about the real world implications for my school though (and a number of others who will probably have similar issues raised by staff and leadership). I am looking at the best way to do a phased step on introduction of personalisation of learning through technology. The introduction of a walled garden to emphasise to staff and students the responsibility that goes with chosing methods of learning before allowing them to expand their realms that they learn through ...

I can hear the objections already that will appear but hope to build up a critical mass with the more proactive staff.

I am already aware of the work of some people in the field but would like to see examples of personalisation within English secondary education having an impact on the attainment and achievement of students in at least 2 subjects.

If anyone has further information or examples they would be greatly appreciated.

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