Thought this might be worth a look for those thinking about where technology may be leading the knowledge process. Microsoft Longhorn, due for release in 2006 will likely continue to redefine the meaning of "community".... and possibly implicates a further lacking for learners within educational models that continue to think of an educational community as primarily a classroom or a classroom with a window to the outside through the Internet.
As educational professionals will we be forward thinking about the opportunity and possibility that will soon present itself from a generation of students who already are "connected" and have eagerly moved to redefine their own sense of community through technology; as it meets with technology tools that will accelerate their capacity to so (I also praise those that are already doing so). Will we be proactive; helping shape these tools as powerful learning tools? Will we be reactive; dealing with management issues if they only reflect social tools used by students without structured learning designs?
The following link leads to a page including several conceptual demo-videos sharing how people thinking "collectively" will become a standard capacity of the near future through the next generation of MS-OS (I know how we are busy folks, but try to at least view the "Higher Education" segment. All the video segments are.... almost mind-blowing I think. I have utilized many collaborative and groupware technologies and still the conceptualization I see in some of these have stunned me.
What a fun time to be a teacher and learner! It seems like drawing a line to divide those two is getting harder (I keep thinking about me and my shadow:-). I would really enjoy hearing what others are thinking after taking a look and any ideas about how this could be shaped into plans for creating rich learning for our students. How might this also positively impact our work as professional educators and will it change the relationship between student(s) and instructor(s).
Mark Arnold, Technology Integration Specialist
Morristown School District
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