„Kids‘ Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures“
Social network sites, online games, video-sharing sites, and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now fixtures of youth culture. They have so permeated young lives that it is hard to believe that less than a decade ago these technologies barely existed. Today’s youth may be coming of age and struggling for autonomy and identity as did their predecessors, but they are doing so amid new worlds for communication, friendship, play, and self-expression.
We include here the findings of three years of research on kids‘ informal learning with digital media. The two page summary incorporates a short, accessible version of our findings. The White Paper is a 30-page document prepared for the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Series. The book is an online version of our forthcoming book with MIT Press and incorporates the insights from 800 youth and young adults and over 5000 hours of online observations.
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Knowledge Work and Knowledge Society
The Social Transformations of this Century
Peter F. Drucker
May 4, 1994
THE EMERGING KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY
Paradoxically, this may not necessarily mean that the school as we know it will become more important. For, in the knowledge society, clearly more and more of knowledge, and especially of advanced knowledge, will be acquired well past the age of formal schooling, and increasingly, perhaps, in and through educational processes which do not center on the traditional school, e.g. systematic continuing education offered at the place of employment.
[…] There are obvious dangers to this. Society can easily degenerate into one in which the emphasis is on formal degrees rather than on performance capacity. It can easily degenerate into one of totally sterile, Confucian-type Mandarins a danger to which the American university, particularly, is singularly susceptible. It can, on the other hand, also fall prey to overvaluing immediately usable, practical knowledge, and underrate the importance of fundamentals and of wisdom altogether.
[…] The knowledge society will inevitably become far more competitive than any society we have yet known for the simple reason that with knowledge being universally accessible there are no excuses for nonperformance. There will be no poor countries. There will only be ignorant countries.
[…] As said before: the shift from knowledge to knowledges offers tremendous opportunities to the individual. It makes possible a career as a knowledge worker. But it equally presents a great many new problems and challenges. It demands for the first time in history that people with knowledge take responsibility for making themselves understood by people who do not have the same knowledge base. It requires that people learn and preferably early how to assimilate into their own work specialized knowledges from other areas and other disciplines.
This is particularly important as innovation in any one knowledge area tends to originate outside the area itself.
OSLO, Learning is Expanding
The Open Sustainable Learning Opportunity (OSLO) Group carries out research, development, and implementation initiatives that strive to make educational opportunity freely available to all who desire it.
See also iterating towards openness (blog) and Common Wisdom: Peer Production of Educational Materials (PDF Download is free)
See also these two powerpoints:
New Internet Literacies
Today’s educators are “Digital Immigrants”
RSS: The New Killer App for Eduators
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