Semapedia for situated learning experiences, strategically speaking?

Mobile Tagging Your World with Semapedia…

Alan’s picked up on the Semapedia links too…thanks Alan for driving further questions on this.

Actually, Alan promoted me to delve a little further into Wikipedia at the local level and I dug out the WikiProject Canberra! It’s a veritable rabbit warren that Wikipedia thing! :o)

Welcome to WikiProject Canberra!

[Image: WikiProject Canberra]

And indeed, how DO we explore Semapedia’s possibilities in our learning contexts? I’m still discovering what my own mobile phone is capable of doing! I’m sure it could probably get my washing done if I had the right application installed! :o)

What this (and Alan) has raised for me, is not just how these things might be possible in our educational contexts, but has me asking whether or not we are achieving real transferability of skills and ‘wonder’ about the use of technologies to enhance learning and teaching, in our professional development activities.

Technologies, I think, will continue to be misconstrued as a ‘fad’ or subsist at the edges unless we truly invest in and commit to using such tools, in line with (or by re-aligning) our strategic directions (within institutes and other stakeholder bodies), so as to build capability that directly impacts and shows benefits to (and for) our learners (and other stakeholders like industry groups). And also acknowledges that ICTs are a necessary life-skill/acquisition/experience that we should seek to develop in learners for the contemporary, networked world we live in.

I’d add this question to your question Alan; ‘how can we change our current paradigms to open up opportunities to explore such “cool tools” for greater use in educational contexts?’ What will it take for us to do so?

Hope to be able to talk more during your visit to the ACT, Alan, in line with your presentation on “being there”!

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  1. Alan on

    Oh that’s an easy question, I have the answer right here… (rummaging around in my files) First you xxxxxxxx

    Seriously, that’s a huge question that I aim to try and take a few shots at– not necessarily answering, but tossing out some observations, hints, and more questions in my “Being There” presentation.

    I’m not convinced it comes from a strategy written as a report or bullet points handed down from the top, nor does it happen organically on its own. It comes from different directions- how people are using tech outside of school, how we get latitude to try new things in the work we do, and a clear sense whether the leaders of organizations truly want to “be” innovative or just “look” innovative.

    It’s not about the “cool tools” but what they enable and offer as potentials. And as long as they remain “foreign”, “strange”, and intimidating to those making decisions, than the path to such success is pushing that big old stone up hill every day.

    So the keys for me, are working to help people at all level of interest or disinterest, to find something small, simple, but personally profound or gratifying in the use of ICTs. If you;ve every seen the movie “City Slickers”, it’s Curly’s admonition to find, “That ONE thing.”

    Trying to avoid the cliche about “walking and talking”, we need to not look at these technologies as strange external invasive things, but to find a way to exploit them, to use them for the things we need to do. Maybe its a wiki for planning a meeting rather than a flurry of emails, maybe its using a shared photo site to collect ideas for a new building. Maybe it’s writing a project plan in Google docs rather than forwarding endless documents around.

    We have to all try and shake a little bit loose of our status quo, and find that 5% of our time to just try something new and different. We need to “be there”…

  2. Marg on

    Yes, yep and YES! 🙂

    And strategy, well, I was thinking more along the lines of ‘art of war’ — zen and the art of lifelong learning — and as well as ‘be there’, ‘being inside’ it all too!

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