Notes from the NWACC instructional technology roundtable Nov. 2010.
Keynote speaker: Gardner Campbell
Looking to the future of edtech tools
What does “as much chaos as we can stand” look like?
It is not…
- the constrained and metered environment of an LMS
- a place where student work is discarded like a used kleenex quarter after quarter
- on the open web (gasp!)
- educates our students about becoming informed digital citizens
- encourages students to think about digital profiles
- linked, crossed linked, rss fed, commented upon
- archived and groomed over time
What is the role of the instructional tech in this brave new word?
- scanning the horizon for appropriate technologies
- participation framing
- information architect
- persistent digital identities – a consistent locale from where I publish and is fed to interested/relevent locations
- in classroom…? each student has a blog, and their feeds content feeds the “mother blog” http://courseblogs.atlhub.net/
- by making our content open and commentable we can help each other archive
- Google alerts to monitor and feed phrases/names
What about the librarian? Gardner sited an example of a colleague who sees herself as an embedded librarian. Using twitter she is reading student tweets and responds on the class blog in a form of librarian jazz: interactive and dynamic.
3 possible scenarios (Clay Shirky):
- as much chaos as we can stand -
- Traditionalist approval -
the traditionalist cannot see the value of the new thing i.e. blogging is silly
- negotiated transition – let the radicals do their thing along side of the LMS “continuum of innovation”
- this is still not going to get us there
How do we think big? Pay attention the the internet.