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Week 5 in

Multiliteracies for Social Networking and

Collaborative Learning Environments


FOCUS in the Multiliteracies course

February 10-16, 2014



Focusing all the lenses: technological, pedagogical, social, sociopolitical, & ecological


FINALLY, we put here issues that come up during the first 5 weeks and address them in the context of the five lenses from our course text by Mark Pegrum, and from our experiences with http://change.mooc.ca . 


Of course, our participants might have other ideas.  After 5 weeks of orienting, networking, and clustering, it is often hard to focus. In that case, we'll go with the flow.



We suggest the following for additional insights and information ...


What directions and tangents might multiliteracies and educational technology take in the coming years?


Let's start with the past.  Here Stephen Downes updates some predictions from 15 years ago ...



Lidija Davis makes some Predictions Across the Web

Her last resource cited is the Future of the Internet III from the Pew Internet and American Life Project



Future of the Internet III - http://www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/predictions/2008_survey.pdf

How might the following impact education with respect to multiliteracies?

Technology stakeholders and critics were asked in an online survey to assess scenarios about the future social, political, and economic impact of the Internet and they said the following:

• The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the Internet for most people in the

world in 2020.

• The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily

yield more personal integrity. social tolerance, or forgiveness.

• Talk and touch user-interfaces with the Internet will be more prevalent and accepted by


• Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in

a continuing “arms race,” with the “crackers” who will find ways to copy and share content

without payment.

• The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual

reality will be further erased for everyone who’s connected, and the results will be mixed in terms

of social relations.

• “Next-generation” engineering of the network to improve the current Internet architecture is

more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.


The future of the Internet and HOW TO STOP IT

is a great open eBook by Jonathan Zittrain, which you can download free from 

The book characterizes the wild west past of the Internet (free, open source, and generative, but plagued with concomitant problems from hackers, uneven quality control) vs the way it's trending now, toward locked down appliance apps where vendors control qualilty (that's good) but also what you can do with and add to the app (that's not so good).  The book's last chapter is about what we can do to reconcile these forces, before it's too late (gulp!).




Our resources for Me-Portfolios have been consolidated <== here. and below 

Jennifer Verschoor found some resources on eportolios and posted them to our YahooGroup list




Here are some teacher ePortfolios:



Vance retweeted this, Sept 25, 2010


Buth tweeted back:



Events this week




Live events scheduled for this week


  • Tue Feb 11 1300 gmt MultiMOOC and ICT4ELT EVO sessions joint event
  • Sun Feb 16 EVO Electric Village Online wrap-up session  


For updated information see http://learning2gether.pbworks/volunteersneeded  




This page revised Dec 4, 2013





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