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Network and social network literacy

March 13th, 2011 by Graham Attwell


I love this video by Howard Rheingold. Not only for the content which is fascinating. But also becuase of the use of video. I am very disappointed in the big push for recording lectures. Lectures have their place in teaching and learning, but the format does not lend itself well to video. This is a ‘made for video’ project by Howard – more work but much more effective. And it doesn’t need a high-tech studio set up.

Howard says: “I’ve become convinced that understanding how networks work is an essential 21st century literacy. This is the first in a series of short videos about how the structure and dynamics of networks influences political freedom, economic wealth creation, and participation in the creation of culture. The first video introduces the importance of understanding networks and explains how the underlying technical architecture of the Internet specifically supports the freedom of network users to innovate.”

I am looking forward to the next videos in the series.

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2 Responses to “Network and social network literacy”

  1. fred garnett says:

    Graham,
    I agree about the use of video. I’ve been trying to get JISC to fund a next generation interactive video tool, a kind of TED talks as a widget, but they seem frozen by their fight for existence. In any case we need to move on from filmed lectures (except for the fast forward button).
    Rheingold’s authority comes from his relevance, references and knowledge, not that he has an exam question hanging on what he says.
    Nice link, thanks

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