Being an “old pol” who served long ago on two national staffs of Presidential campaigns and six statewide election efforts, I am having trouble staying away from spending just about all of my time reading the political blogs. The US Presidential election is fascinating, and the bloggers are delivering information in entirely new ways through their posts.
The GoldenSwamp.com blog is about the learning stuff (gold) in the swamp (the internet). What I am writing here picks up a format that has been popping up in the political blogs. The format could be called the “n things list”: n things that are happening, n reasons why, n things to look for. In that format, here are:
6 ways that education will be revamped by the internet in coming months:
1. The shift of primary creative development will be from tech to content. The progression of the most interesting challenges has been from creating the computers, to conceiving applications, to establishing networks — and now to manipulating the data and its meaning that lives in the new environment created by it all. The wildly popular new Apple App Store does not sell devices or connections, it sells content to be played with, used for information, and learned.
2. The understanding of the internet is deepening to studying the relationships [think hyperlinks] of its smallest pieces. The open connectivity of the pieces of cognitive gold within the internet swamp is the way that knowledge will emerge for students, mirroring the connectivity of their learning minds.
3. The cloud cometh – but SaaS (Software as a Service) is only the technical platform for the content the cloud contains and interfaces. When we are interacting with content in the cloud, our cognitive connectivity becomes global.
4. Learning content will be SEOed (optimized for search engines), revolutionizing its use as has happened already in e-commerce and the media.
5. Social networks — increasingly replacing textbooks — will become significant delivery mechanisms for connection to the knowledge students learn.
6. As mobiles increasingly deliver the Internet there will be no separate m-learning to create. Soon most digital learning content interaction will be mobile as these devices individually owned by students deliver the Internet. One Web will rule.