This video presents a vision of the new generation that may or may not point us in the right direction for personalisation. It puts forward a vision of radical social and cognitive difference that we need to take into account when constructing an online space. On the other hand, we need to approach this critically lest we fall into the trap of innovating based on the surface appearance.
YouTube is obviously useful for more than just silly cat videos, it's a surprising source of information about student learning. Here's one that shows how students are personalising their learning at a US secondary school:
- They offer another way of reading PBL - Project-Based Learning but it's still basically a technique for encouraging personal involvement of students in their learning and giving them increasing control over deciding what to learn. In other words, Personalised Learning.
The social networks that students in Norwich are most likely to use are Facebook, Bebo or Myspace. I've recently heard someone suggest that the transition path for friend groups is Bebo > MySpace > Facebook but whether that applies here is an open question. Here's an excerpt from my Interim Report on this project:
My initial impression from looking at the literature on personalized learning is that there is no clear concept of what self-advocacy within personalized learning involves. First, the term self-advocacy if rarely used. There is talk of the student voice, consultation, etc. but not of self-advocacy.
It appears that the term self-advocacy is predominantly linked to students with special needs (which includes both physical and learning disablities as well as gifted pupils). And in that context there is a very good definition available: