'09 Bringing social learning to the masses

I love making predictions….I mean what the heck. If you’re wrong ah well. But if you’re right you get to act like you know what you’re talking about. 🙂 Last year I predicted that ’08 would be remembered as the year of the “Live Web”. Personally I don’t think my prediction was too far off. We saw many things go live. Ustream.tv and now Stickam.com along with a host of other sites took the web by storm. I found myself watching many events and people live. Towards the end of the year Dean Shareski made Qik a twitter hit broadcasting live events via his cell phone anywhere and anytime he felt like it. We saw many podcast shows start to use live video including Leo Laporte going live with live.twit.tv. What we need to remember is that all of this technology is very much in its infancy stage and over the next year, I think we’ll only see it improve. On a recent TWIT podcast (one of my favorites) Jason Calacanis talked about in down economic times, companies should not expand but instead build value. I think that’s what we’re going to see from a lot of these Internet companies…not expansion but value building. They will continue to improve their products, make things faster, smoother and sit tight while the world waits to see what will happen economically. I have a feeling that the same will happen in education. Since 2005 we’ve seen a huge influence of Web 2.0 tools. We early adopters have flocked to them, trying to figure out their value and find out for ourselves what tools can be used in educational settings and which tools ‘stick’ with students and educators alike. In 2009 I think you are going to see us build value into these tools educationally. I’m not convinced that 2009 will be about the “next new thing” so we (the early adopters) will turn our focus to what we know. The tools, we know, can make a difference in education and we’ll help the masses understand those tools better and how being connected fundamentally changes the way we teach and learn. Will Richardson has a similar thought about this year: So, looking forward, I’m still in the same place in terms of where I want to spend more of my energies…not so much on the people who have already showed up, but on...

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