Finding the Middle

We then got into….once you start with a blog, (Hello WordPress/Blogger) your learning starts to take off. You start to get motivated to want to find a tool that helps make your space more conversational and co-creative/crowsourced in terms of production/interpretation of content/ideas (Hello Wiki). You then want to throw in some pictures (Hello Flickr/OFoto) and inevitibely want to find (or create) audio (Hello Odeo) and video (Hello Jumpcut, Eyespot and YouTube/Google Video) that further emphasize your point. You then want to take all these different piece parts together into a single place that is just for you (Hello MySpace….oh that is so yesterday why not build it out in 3D in Secondlife)…and suddenly you start to understand that we have finally tipped on a number of fronts:

    Web services meets Web 2.0 which means that it becomes easier for people (not just programmers to be prosumers) Centrally Created Content/Control moves towards User Generated Content/Sharing Content is king but Context is the Kingdom Power on all levels is moving towards the consumer (kinda like banks with ATMs only about everything) but consumers are also becoming producers. Consumption moves towards Prosumption

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I went through the same process moving from blog to wiki and onward. I had the added benefit of a M.Ed in Online Education along the way, of course.

I think that a new breed of teacher will start at the other end of this spectrum, however. They will be very comfortable with being online – and online socially. They will need to move toward the centre where this online savvy will be a set of experiences that need to be applied to learning – versus older educators who are struggling to make sense of applying online tools to their current pedagogies. From either end, considerable sense-making must be applied to get make the (al)most of online opportunities for learning.