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Why is it not happening? Gardner Campbell and the need for “cyberinfrastructure.”

Gardner Campbell began his talk by asking ,” Why is it not happening?” He was referring to the fact that even with all the tools and marvels that have been developed with regards to the internet,why are we still stuck in using the internet  mostly in a  “transactional mode”,like Blackboard. He  points out the dangers of what Clay Shirky calls  “digital facelift”. He then prescribes three recursive practices to fight digital facelift and this is possibly the best advice for teachers.

The practices he recommends are 1.Narrating -(thinking aloud like blogging)  2.Curating -(organizing your online stuff so it is easily available to you and others as well. 3.Sharing -posting your work so that others can see and possibly use. Arising from this is the  encouragement and recommendation to create one’s own “cyberinfrastructure”. One of the ideas that I really like from this talk is for students to enter the” producerly domain”.Here Gardner is calling for students to be active participants and create stuff,..(much like Prof. Smith in AC 230). The idea I like most is

But if what the professor truly wants is for students to discover and craft their own desires and dreams, a personal cyberinfrastructure provides the opportunity. To get there, students must be effective architects, narrators, curators, and inhabitants of their own digital lives.6 Students with this kind of digital fluency will be well-prepared for creative and responsible leadership in the post-Gutenberg age. Without such fluency, students cannot compete economically or intellectually, and the astonishing promise of the digital medium will never be fully realized.

This is the task facing educators, to take initiatives to make their students digitally fluent.. I also like the idea he mentions

students should be system administrators for their digital lives

I am aware of the lesson I am learning in AC 230 right now, about creating my own space and the reminder that this space reflects who I am.Who knows, in the near future , employers will look at this space to evaluate clients and hire people..Another important point Gardner makes at the end is that all these ideas will not work until  they are “baked into the curriculum”. This is the challenge I will face as a teacher,, what can I do with their students to advance my students so that they can become more digitally fluent to participate in the world they will live in.

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