It just so happens my pre-bedtime blog run coincides with Clarence Fisher’s pre-breakfast blog run, once in awhile we catch each other on Skype for a little around the world chat. About a week ago or so Clarence mentioned George Siemens’ new book Knowing Knowledge, which can be downloaded for free from the website. I downloaded it started reading is. Made it to the 3rd page and took it to our print center and had 5 copies made for my administrators.
Then yesterday while waiting for my wife at a Starbucks I started reading. Made it 3 pages again, and had to go buy a highlighter. So over the next couple of weeks (I’m a slow reader) I’ll be giving you my hightlights of the book. I think this could be interesting, to see the words, phrases, and passages that stuck out to me. I’ll cover the first 20 pages here.
Knowledge rests in an individual; it resides in the collective. -p. 14
Knowing and learning are today defined by connections. CONNECTIVISM is the assertion that learning is primarily a network-forming process. -p. 15
Through a process of expert validation and acceptance of the public, knowledge acquires solid states. Over the last several decades, more of our knowledge has shifted to soft knowledge. When things change rapidly, many knowledge elements do not have time to harden before they are replaced or amended. Managing hard and soft knowledge (as a continuum, not distinct points) requires different processes. -p. 18
We can no longer create our filters in advance. We must learn to dance (engage and interact) with knowledge in order to understand what it is. -p. 20
There you go, my highlights from the first 20 pages. I keep thinking about these over and over in my head. Last night I couldn’t sleep because I was trying to wrap my head around this. Anyway, those are only the first 20 pages…it’s gonna get better!