“So the coin of the realm is not memorizing the facts and figures their going to need for the rest of their lives; the coin of the realm will be, do you know how to find, validate and
leverage information; do you know how to analyze and synthesize that
information; and can you problem solve, collaborate and communicate with
it….” – Ken Kay 
An Opening Vignette:
Technology is a word we often confused with computers, programs, and myriad gadgets only. If you dig deeper I think you would agree that humans have utilized technology in very innovative ways since the Middle Paleolithic (or for those numbers folks out there c. 200,000 years ago+-). Be it friction fire, basket-making, agriculture, irrigation, warfare, in-door plumbing, radio’s or iPads there has always been a human driving the social use of these tools. Elders, leaders, young people, wise people…. have always enabled and proliferated technology at the core of cultures. We need to never loose site that you, the young people before us are entering a radically different world than the one we (the olders in your lives) came from. Though pockets of traditional life ways exist (and may proliferate in terms of localization of food and economies), the connections young people have to the world and what the world needs are fundamentally shifting the narrative of our shared futures. We need a learning design that helps young people prepare for a world without borders. So how are we (educators) responding? In 2008, Pearson put together this short video to make a few suggestions:
“We have to develop a narrative that sustains 21st century learning.”
The 21st century imperatives for learning deal with connection and connected learning. Do schools enable you to find, validate, leverage, analyze, synthesize , problem solve and collaborate with information on a regular basis? What does this look like?
Web 2.0 Foundations is designed to be a participatory venture between you our school, learners, teachers, the community and world that enables and moves you into spaces of dynamic individualized learning with new technologies. This learning creates spaces (mental, physical and online) that enable 21st century literacies.
Over the semester I will post my design field notes for Web 2.0 Foundations and iLab Projects with a focus on networked learning, designs for extensive networked research, mLearning (Mobile Learning), project based learning and more. It is my hope that these fieldnotes give a record to your learning process and ultimately help the process of learning change so prevalently taking place in the world and right here in Midcoast Maine.
Your part in this design has begun and I am so happy to be in a network with you all.
A note on our distributed web.
We will tag everything we create with the following:
web20found (Social Bookmarking, this blog , student blogs (Called Lables))
#web20found (Twitter Hashtag)
web20foundtools (for specific tech tools used in the experience)
web20foundreading (for specific readings and research findings we like)
I will tag these posts with
#fieldnotes (Twitter Hashtag)