First of all, let me say that I read Anthony as referring to multiple Brians in the title of his last post–and all the cognitive dissonance that that entails.
That said, I will now report on the recent findings of a sub-group of edlabbers. And I must quickly concede that my understanding of the discussion that ensued in the Lab from 5-7PM tonight will be Brian-centric. Hui Soo, Lin, Maureen, Gary, Anthony, and myself talked at length and I cannot pretend to remember the lines of thought in detail, and am resigned to fumble about for some slight grasp of what it all means. I eagerly welcome revisions, comments, outright disagreements, and nonchalant complements in response to this effort…
In thinking about the types of insights that science reveals about our humanity (social relationships, networks, flows of information), I thought this article by Richard Rorty was particularly relevant. He essentially argues the following:
Post-Galilean science does not tell us what is really real or really important. It has no metaphysical or moral implications. Instead, it enables us to do things that we had not previously been able to do. When it became empirical and experimental, it lost both its metaphysical pretensions and the ability to set new ends for human beings to strive ...
The National Governors Association website has posted both a video file and an audio file featuring Tom Friedman's presentation on his new book The World is Flat. This seems like an edLab must read or at least must listen.
The attachment below contains all the quotes on education that were afixed to the fortune cookies. Thanks to Suzanne and Christine for taking out of their day to help prepare the materials/snacks.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the first edLab seminar today. I sense that this will be a very productive endeavor, as we all seem to feel to feel inspired by the daunting task of guiding education through the myriad opportunities presented by an information-rich, ever-more-connected world.
I would like to thank Hui Soo for helping set the agenda for today's meeting, as well as for thinking of, and preparing, the "fortune cookie" ice breaker.
Given these growing complexities, it is appropriate that Brian Carolan wil...
Thursday, June 23, 7:30, Chelsea, Eavesdrop - Loose Talk at Eyebeam.
I heard about this event on WNYC- they sound interesting- they talk about the importance of their Ateiler model. Here is info on their organization. I think I'll be going if anyone wishes to join me.