March 9, 2014

1.1 Evolution of Web: Global Digital Statistics

I love infographics!

Reach of mobile technology worldwide – nearly 100% across urban AND rural communities

mobile penetration

More than 1 mobile device across many regions

mobile penetration

Interesting – more time on laptop/desktop.  For me, I use mobile for QUICK FIXES of internet, and laptop for more intense searching.  Mobile phone = “fast & furious”, “need it now” use of internet.  Laptop = searching for use at school, study, more prolonged searching.  iPad use tends to be a combination of both.  This reflects this data.

“…a global information ecosystem with nodes of socially connected mobile devices where interaction is key, and where mobile devices are providing visual, text, and sound connections to evolving conversations.”

Vygotsky’s social contructivism in the digital age – socially connected devices where interaction is key

Various learning styles & strengths/multiple intelligences catered for in variety of ways we connect & construct meaning – visual, sound text

Love the use of the term EVOLVING CONVERSATIONS – implies cyclical, changing, growing, developing, tangential aspect of conversations.  Substitute word ‘LEARNING’ for conversations to describe what a productive learning environment should look like today. Learning is PARTICIPATORY – we have to be willing to have a go at trying new things, risking some failures and celebrating successes.  We have a responsibility as educators to TRY new things

Need to do some more reading about MAKER SPACES…

March 9, 2014

1.1 Evolution of Web: Linked Data


Our challenge is to help ourselves and our students become knowledge-able about how they consume and produce information in this age of information overload.

Digital era we are living in is a combination of technologies and communication networks in an increasingly mobile world.

Time Berners-Lee_The next web of open, linked data

linked data

  • Wasn’t the technology that caused the excitement – it was the community working together to bring about this shared vision/innovation
  • things that now happen on web blow original creators away; web is so much more than they ever imagined it to be
  • data drives a huge amount of what happens in our lives
  • data is about relationships
  • many forms – many aspects of our lives; not just institutional/big business…

Why are we afraid to share our data?

  • privacy issues?
  • fear that data will be misinterpreted by others?

Blog entry about this fear being realised in New York school district.

GET OUT OF OUR SILOS.  We have HUGE problems that need tackling – climate change, cancer, alzheimers etc…  We need lots of heads, new ideas & approaches for these issues.  Importantly, we need platforms to share and link these ideas, rather than just SHARE them like our WWW currently does.  Its meta-analysis kind of stuff that we need.

Asking never before asked questions that are bridging across disciplines.  Google search might produce 233,000 hits but NO results.

LINKED DATA IS ALL ABOUT EVERYONE DOING THEIR LITTLE BIT, then connecting that into relationships.  You might not have the data, but you can ASK for it.

Its about thinking about and using data creatively.  Its bringing a creative mindset to data.  Who would have thought that those 2 worlds could collide??!!