The particular light that shines on my work is the one that illuminates
issues of pedagogy. While google-surfing representational literacy this
morning, and following a meeting yesterday with the folks at
http://www.eoe.org, in which the topic of discussion was informal learning,
I landed on the web version of a book I had known about for several
years. It's found at
http://www.ils.nwu.edu/e-for-e/nodes/I-M-NODE-4121-pg.html and here's just
one of the nodes in the book. The book originates in 1994, and many waters
have flowed under bridges since that date. Comments after that.
"Engines for Education is about what can be done to change education now.
This is not a work of fantasy about what might exist one day. Nor is it an
academic tome which presents irrelevant theory. Rather it is a work which
applies what we know about how people learn to the design of computer
software that can revolutionize the schools. A large portion of it is
dedicated to discussing specific examples of such software. This book is
about what we can do today to make learning fun, to make learning less
stressful, and to build a world of thinking citizens. This book is about
harnessing the power of the world's experts so that they all will be
available as needed by students who want to learn from them. This is quite
possible to do using today's technology.
Computers are already in the classroom. Unfortunately, for the most part
what is there is awful. To date, these computers have been used to play
games and to teach children to run spreadsheet programs. Until now no one
has cared enough about education to begin to build what is needed. But
enough is already known about natural human learning to start the process
of change via the computer. Computer software can change the way we learn
in school. This book discusses what needs to be done and how to do it."
I cite this on the unrev list because the book offers an example of a way
to organize materials, one of Doug Engelbart's "views." Each node
(chapterette?) is comprised of a concise body of prose, followed by links
of all sorts, including "where we came from", "what's next",
"alternatives", and so forth. In my view, this online document seems ripe
for a D3E adventure, complete with an IBIS dialog about many of the topics,
followed by, or coincident with a ScholOnto mapping of the contents.
Why on earth would one be interested in all that effort? My idea: the
creation of a portal devoted to the evolutionary discussion on
pedagogy. And, the creation of a massive OHS/DKR-driven NIC for educators,
learners, parents, funding sources, and more. Your idea?
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