Read/Write Web - Adapted from Will Richardson's presentation at MCIU - May, 2007

"It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change" – Charles Darwin
"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." -- Alvin Toffler

An Interesting Article about the merits of technology in our schools.

A Changing World, A Changing Internet
  • The "Read/Write Web" - Web 2.0 allows people to create online, not just surf online
  • Challenging times for educators
    • Our students know more than we do - even in elementary school!
    • Students want are participating more
    • Students are publishing more
    • Students are connecting more
    • Our students are capable of more
  • Knowledge is abundant and changing
  • Pace of change is lightspeed
  • Learning is becoming passion-based and deeply personalized
  • Students and teachers from Kansas State University have created insightful videos in their Digital Ethnography class of what should be expected in our Web 2.0 world and in our education systems:

What Role Does Creativity Play?
Do the development of 21st Century skills and creativity intersect? Are there aspects of higher order thinking skills are uniquely expressed with creativity exercises? Is creativity as important as literacy in the world ahead?
Controversial questions, but here's a short video from Sir Ken Robinson that addresses some of the questions you just read

Changing notion of what it means to "read" and "write"

Writing means not just text
  • Writing means participating
  • Writing means connecting
  • Writing means learning - The amount of information is overwhelming
Reading is no longer limited to just reading
  • Reading means responding
  • Reading means interacting
  • Reading means collaborating
People are writing:
  • 70 million blogs worldwide, 120,000 new blogs created per day, which is 1.4 blogs created every second of everyday according to Technorati's State of the Blogosphere report in April 2007
  • 75,000 videos uploaded to YouTube each day
A Connected World
  • Learning is not about acquiring knowledge as much as it is about building networks. (Articulated by George Siemens is his blog and the idea of Connectivism posted in 2005)
  • Connective writing is judged not by what the document contains as much as by where it takes us. (David Weinberger)
  • The new Web changes the way we read and gives kids a new authentic audience to learn from.

The New Web has many purposes in this environment.
The Collaborative Web - This page is a collaborative space!
The new web is more than just text.
Connective Writing Is...
  • Writing that is inspired by reading and is therefore a response to an idea or a set of ideas or conversations.
  • Writing that processes those ideas and remixes them in some way to make them our own and is published to potentially wide audiences.
  • Writing that then becomes a part of a larger knowledge that is evolving in the larger network.
  • Writing that is written with the expectation that it too will be taken and remixed by others into their own truths by this continuous process of reading, thinking, writing (and linking), publishing and reading some more.

Questions for Educators
  • Who are your teachers?
  • How are you writing?
  • How are you modeling your learning for your students?

Where do we go from here?