Tuesday, April 17, 2007

You have nothing to fear...but ignorance.

George Siemens recently quoted D. Watts: "Our desire to believe in an orderly universe leads us to interpret the uncertainty we feel about the future as nothing but a consequence of our current state of ignorance, to be dispelled by greater knowledge or better analysis. But even a modest amount of randomness can play havoc with our intuitions."
Miguel recently blogged about fear. About how fear paralyzes the creativity innate in each one of us. He claims we must totally change our educational systems in light of 2.0.
Fear is big press. It catches eyes. It has been around for awhile. No wound can heal, no bone mend, no scar grow new skin, without there being a wound, a break, a scar first. Destruction proceeds life. Think of acorns. Think of rotting tomatoes. They sprout new life after they die. While this is a simplification, it does illustrate what occurs.
We are uncertain because we lack tools with which to predict. It is therefore imperative that we prepare students for anything. We prepare them to think on their feet - to critically analyze everuthing (especially what I say) - to create content using web 2.0 tools. They are merely tools to connect students through the mass of wrinkles in our unflat world.
I really think Miguel's sign "Make Internet TV" would read better if it said "Make Internet History". That is what we are all doing and it is what we are asking students to do.
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