Happy New Year everyone. Let me start off 2009 with a few loosely connected ideas.

  1. What does a connected, always-on student look like? Connectivism repeated – http://vodpod.com/watch/1193251-connectivism-in-plain-english.
  2. If students have access to content everywhere, all the time, what is the role of a physical classroom? Is the ‘value-proposition’ of this physical space in need of a new (better) definition?
  3. The WSJ had an interesting clip on Second Life and the Middle East conflict. “The virtual world of Second Life has become a virtual battleground for hearts and minds.” It is easy to speak on the internet–free speech in the sense that it unfiltered, freely available. It is perhaps more challenging to create ‘slow’ speech– meaningful, thoughtful content.
  4. Can social networking foster a positive sense of learning peer-pressure?

Drop us a comment if you’d like to share your thoughts on this or any other subject!

Ernest Koe

I love what I do. The best part of this job is that I get to talk to people and organizations about information technology--not just narrowly about database systems, or websites or the technical kung-fu surrounding integration and software but also broadly on the use of information itself and its impact on our businesses and schools. My technical expertise is in information systems--databases and web technologies--but my professional interests cover technology in the context of education, community-development and business-development. When time permits, I blog about these things at http://proofgroup.com/blog/ernest.