I am not a techy, nor do I want to be one. However, as their language grows more ubiquitous, I am drawn towards the concepts presented therein. For instance, take “Web 2.0”. From my understanding, Web 2.0 describes
a social phenomenon referring to an approach to creating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use, and “the market as a conversation”.
I am interested in having a discussiong that takes those central tenants and applies them to the act of learning as a deliberative process. Think of this:
* Open communication between the student and the educator
* Decentralization of authority among learners, educators, and administrators
* Freedom to share and re-use in the classroom, and
* Education as a conversation
This is a truly radical proposition; however, its footed in history. The “free school” movement described by Jonathan Kozol in his book of the same name operated on many of these ideas; so does Summerhill School in the UK and Sudbury Valley in Massachussetts. However, I would like to consider the radical re-exploration of the role of deliberative learning processes in the face of the Internet and the continued “gappening” of American schools, where mostly brown and low-income students are crowded into educational asylums/prisons, and where their communities are under-resourced to the point of suffocation. What is the role of the computer in meeting the needs of these students?
I have no false conceptions about the inadequacy of the Internet and the inability of most low-income people to obtain use of computers. “I’m from the hood, stupid- what types of facts is those?” But I am also from a place of hope, a place of consideration that wants to see these ICTs as more than a tool of oppression, actively impressing neoliberalism throughout the lands.
Here’s to hope. Now, can someone tell me about Open Source Learning?