Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Too Big To Know #edbookclub

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Too Big To Know by David WeinbergerImage by dkuropatwaHow'd you like to know "how our concept of knowledge is changing in the age of the Net"? (John Seely Brown quoted from the dust jacket)


Since I first heard David Weinberger say: "The smartest person in the room is: The Room!" I've repeated it often. I've seen it in action. In his new book Too Big To Know he fills in a few more details about this. The room is "smartest" as a function of the networked connections between all the people in it, and out of it, via the internet. I hear echoes of George Seimens and Stephen Downes in that.


Anyway, the book was published on 3 January 2012 and I just got my copy of it today. In the last 10 days or so the idea of an #edbookclub flared up on twitter. So, we're going to do that. We begin this Friday. We've even got a timeline and a list of people reading together. The conversations have beginning times, to help us all stay on track, but they don't have ending times. So really, join in any time you like.


#edbookclub originally grew out of a conversation between Ben Hazzard and Kelly Power. They describe it:


What is it? #EdBookClub emerged from a discussion between educators (@kellypower and @benhazzard) about how using Twitter could encourage professional dialogue.  It will be a discussion about a common book or article, that is voted on via a TwitPoll, by educators and people interested in applying the book's content in an education setting. 
Why? The purpose of this Twitter discussion is to engage in an informed discussion on Twitter that also provides a purpose and audience for educator tweets.  This was informed by #educhat when the organizers in 2008/2009 began posting articles and other documents to heighten the conversation 
How?
  • Participate: 
  • Read the book or article with us (or listen via the audio version).  Follow the #EdBookClub 'hashtag' on Twitter to find out new information.  Then send messages via Twitter with the #EdBookClub 'hashtag' to offer your ideas, questions, and comments.
  • Respond to #EdBookClub tweets to extend, clarify or question to enhance our collective learning
  • Follow along: Read all the #EdBookClub tweets by following that 'hashtag' 


If you'd like to join us message me on twitter @dkuropatwa and let me know. Get a copy of the book; it's only available in either hardcover or kindle format right now. As you read, tweet reflections and quotes from the book that strike you. Use and follow the hashtags #edbookclub and #2b2k. There's already been some talk about chatting in realtime in a Google+ Hangout or maybe in an eluminate room. 


Anyone want to take turns building a storify each week?

7 comments:

Giulia Forsythe said...
25/1/12 00:20  

Awesome! I love this idea. Let's see if I have the follow through to get the book and I'll tune in for sure (and maybe say a thing or two :)

dkuropatwa said...
25/1/12 01:32  

Can't wait to read your thoughts in the tweet-stream!

Scott McLeod said...
25/1/12 07:13  

I'll do my best to curate our first week: http://storify.com/mcleod/too-big-to-know

1. Is there a way to automate Storify or do I have to drag in tweets one by one?

2. Is there a way in Storify to have multiple people curate a story?

I can't find how to do either of these but want to make sure I'm not missing something!

Scott McLeod said...
25/1/12 07:15  

One more thought: maybe we can let David Weinberger know we're doing this (and maybe he'd join us for a webinar at the end or something)?

dkuropatwa said...
25/1/12 08:39  

Thanks Scott! I'll dig into storify later today to see how we can automate this a bit.

It would be wonderful to chat with him in a webinar environment after we've waded through some of his thinking. Please do reach out to him!

Clarence Fisher said...
25/1/12 21:44  

Just FYI, you can get in for Kobo as well.

dkuropatwa said...
25/1/12 22:44  

@Clarence Thanks bud, so ... you in? ;-)

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