The important point is this: The radical transition that we are now in the process of going through is mainly about power and the challenge to exisiting hierarchies that control School education. This is also reflected in the media with their moral panic about the risks to children on the internet.
I like this quote from William Gibson: "The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet"
That has a "web2.0" flavour but it also has a timeless flavour. The future is always here and not distributed yet. Many of the slogans below go way back, eg. to the time of Nietzsche (1844-1900). Rebellion against hierarchy and slow to adapt authority has been with us for a very long time. Distributing the future involves understanding the past.
I think what is happening now is the transformation from a niche community of "edubloggers" (a term which I think is self restricting) into a political movement. That is what is required to distribute the future. That needs to be spelt out and grasped. If we don't become political then we will remain confined to a niche, where (some) benevolent School administrations give our students permission to participate in the rich potential offered by new technologies.
Papert's theories of learning hit a political wall a few years ago. School won that battle. Now Vygotsky's theories about language have teamed up with modern technology like blogs and once again there is political repression, censorship and restriction on the child's right to communicate and explore modern technologies.
The struggle continues but this time the protest movement is bigger and far more organised.
FREEDOM / CHOICE / RIGHTS / INEQUALITY (structural inequality)
one laptop per child (Negroponte)
Elaboration: If the third world can have one laptop per child then why can't the first and second worlds? (Bill Kerr)
support the rights of the child to explore new technology
Elaboration: The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice. (Article 13, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
OVERCOMING FEAR / TAKING RISKS / REBELLION / POWER (rebellion group)
a risk free society is very dangerous (Bill Kerr)
learn to be free (pinched from Christopher Harvey's old blog but he taken it down now)
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth" Nietzsche
The fear of what might go wrong can't stop us from doing what is right – Chris Lehmann
CONTRADICTION / DIALECTICS
"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star" Nietzsche
SEARCH / INQUIRY
search is the opposite of sit and listen
Look it Up or Die.- Chris Long
Elaboration: "It's old skool but sometimes remind me to look it up. Or die.LEARNING
"But don't stop there. Don't pat yourself on the back quite yet. I may be pretty quick on the Google or the Wikipedia, but I have no idea how to make sense of what I'm finding. That's your job.
"Back in the day, if it was in a book, you taught me how to write down some copyright details on a note card. But things got funny on the way to the Internet forum. Facts don't just come in books anymore, and I need more than copyright details to help me make sense.
"Are you teaching me to think? Or just to take notes?
"And one day when you're nowhere to be found and I got a kid with a fever and he's vomiting and its 3am and I got 15 minutes to figure this crazy thing out, I got Google. And I need to know NOW what will keep my kid alive and what will instead send us over the edge.
"Can you do that? 'Cause that's one part of my future and I won't have time for index cards."
"The doer alone learneth" Nietzsche
"The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw" Nietzsche
Education is like being taken to the world's greatest restaurant and being fed the menu – Murray Gell Mann
LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY
Isn't a mobile phone a learning device?
Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born – Alan Kay
APPRENTICESHIP / MENTORING / SELF DEVELOPMENT
eat your own dogfood (open source slogan (?), not certain of origin)
"we use language to author ourselves, assisted by many co-authors as we grow up" (Daniel Dennett, Kinds of Minds, Ch.5)
What we want to teach we must become
NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE (EPISTEMOLOGY) / PHILOSOPHY
"On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow" Nietzsche
"Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind" Nietzsche
"What is a man so made the he can understand number and what is a number so made that a man can understand it" - Warren McCulloch
"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy" Nietzsche
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist" Nietzsche
"From being to becoming" - Ilya Prigogine
... when you are able to change the nature of representation and argumentation, those who learn these new ways will wind up to be qualitatively different and better thinkers – Marshall McLuhan
"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's then we rob them of tomorrow" - John Dewey
"The future and its enemies" – Virginia Postrel (book title)
"Small pieces loosely joined" - David Weinberger (book title)
the best way to predict the future is to invent it (or, the best way to predict the future is to prevent it ) - Alan Kay
"Playing Small Does Not Serve the World."-- Your Brain is Your Brand.- Chris Long
Elaboration: "Your Brain is Your Brand.The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet - William Gibson
"Marianne Williamson wasn't being cheap with words. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Or that we're simply being measured by small dreams.
"You've got one choice. Play big or stay home. Serve the world or be forgotten.
"Ultimately, you've got your heart and your brain. Both can serve. One will do so when nobody is watching. The other is your brain. It needs attention. Give it fuel. Make it stand out. Be the brand that makes a difference.
The crux of creativity is variations on a theme – Douglas Hofstadter
Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in—the one that we think is reality - Alan Kay
... you can never regulate goodness or excellence because goodness and excellence comes from the hearts and minds of people within the system - Tom Sobol
Best practice is a limiting concept – Greg Whitby
"I don't know who discovered water but it wasn't a fish" - Marshall McLuhan