Yesterday 10/26/2010 we had another Elluminate session, it was about open network and learning. It was a great session and many quotes captured my attention:
1- ” A key to transformation is for the teaching profession to establish innovation networks that capture the spirit and culture of hackers -the passion, the can-do, collective sharing” ( Hargreveas, 2003)
I agree with this quote and I actually love it. A vital key to transforming teaching is innovation, but innovation is not everything. Within innovation passion, can-do, and collective sharing should come within. Innovation is to find an idea to gather people around, but it’s the above mentioned criteria which guarantee the continuity of this innovation. To find audience who believe in the importance of this innovation is what it matters.
2- ” If there is no sharing, there is no education” David Wiley
I like this quote and what it denotes of the importance of sharing knowlege. I second that because it does not have to be always about money and paying to get some information. I know that academic reources are expensive, but I think there should be more colloboration in the world to keep this chain of knowldge and just share things. Education for me means spreading information and knowledge and without that only certain persons in the world would have the access to reources. There would be no colloboration of great minds, spreading, communicating,, and discussing information .
3- The web is “a world of pure connection, free of the arbitrary constraints of the matter, distance and time” David Weinberger
It’s only through Internet that people know about each other. In many ways Internet has brought people together through different facets; web pages, social networks, online education, etc… having people from different nationalities in one room is not a riddle anymore. It takes a simple click on video conference and everything is set to go. I am Egyptian and I am doing my masters in Saskatchewan University in Canada. I successfully completed most of credits to my program. We are living in a revolutionary age where nothing is impossible.
4- “YouTube and other social media mitigate “connection without constraint”. Often this leads to development of “tremendously deep communities” Michael Wesch
YouTube is a tremendous tool that enables people to voice whatever they think of without any constraints. It’s just you are talking to the camera. Nobody is watching while you say what you want. I think YouTube develops great aspect of independence and audacity in just having an opinion in every aspect of life. Deep communities are the result of openness, casualness, connectedness, and honesty. Sometimes, the last element is suspected because many organizations in the world are using social networks to just publicize their thoughts not the “right” ones. I mean they falsify information to serve their needs. But, we have different other resources to browse and read and know the truth.