"Independent thinker, online instigator, novice educator, expert learner, offline gardener."
(Howard Rheingold's Twitter profile)
In traditional classrooms, students are given a number of reading assignments, and then called upon to respond to the instructor's questions, demonstrating that they "did the reading". From Rheingold's perspective, this is off-track, as cold-calling students isn't the way to foster "thinking, reflection, inquiry, and the ability to contribute to a broader conversation."
Rheingold suggests that it is a myth that "tech-savvy" digital natives know how to use technology for learning and connecting with others effectively, drawing from his recent experience teaching university students. Rheingold believes that the goal of learning is not to get the right answer, but to learn strategies such as inquiry, exploration, and collaboration. Learning is not limited to the classroom walls, but takes place (within a network of other co-learners, linked to one another, and also linked to the wealth of resources that are available on-line.
In this way, a "culture of conversation" is built that extends well beyond the classroom, and takes place after the official class period has ended. Technology is not the solution- it is a tool that when harnessed thoughtfully, can support co-learning activities in a variety and combination of ways. This process, Rheingold stresses, can facilitate engaged learning, and amplify intelligence.
If you are interested in exploring the wisdom of Rheingold, take some time to soak in the videos below, as well as the links to resources provided at the end of this post.
21st century media literacies from JD Lasica on Vimeo.
Howard Rheingold at Reboot Britain
Virtual Community/Social Media Course Prezi
Virtual Community/Social Media Course Concept Map
Interactive Mindful Infotention Concept Map, which links to additional resources
Wiki: Interactive presentation media - a good "how-to" resource
Howard Rheingold's gaming2learn Bookmarks
Developing the Digital Learner (Intel)
Standards for Global Learning in the Digital Age - ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (Book authored by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown)
Allison Druin's Workshop Keynote: "Mining the Imagination from Time Travel to Anti-Gravity" CHI 2011, Vancouver,Canada (Child Computer Interaction: UI technologies and their impact on educational pedagogy)
Update from CHI 2011 - much more to come!
Press Pass for CHI 2011! Today's Highlights from the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems