- Gov 2.0 University – I'm very proud to announce the launch of this new joint venture with Hinchcliffe & Company and LMI. I was at EPA for the beginning of "Web 1.0" and helped launch one of the very first government Web sites. Ever since then, I continue to believe there is a fantastic opportunity for government agencies to use the Web to better serve their constituencies and revolutionize our democracy. The term "Gov 2.0" may smack of hyperbole, but that does not change the fact that there are great opportunities afoot for us to improve our great republic!
- The Dirty Little Secret About the "Wisdom of the Crowds" – There is No Crowd – Interesting article about Vassilis Kostakos research that shows that small, vocal groups can control the voice of the "crowd" and what some sites are doing to address it.
Archive for September, 2009
- A New Vision for Teaching Science: Scientific American – A very interesting article about strategies for addressing the horrid state of scientific and mathematical education of Americans. From the article: "The most effective teaching expands both the knowledge and the skills needed to engage with science authentically—that is, in a manner akin to how scientists work. To practice science in the classroom calls for problem- and project-based lessons, as well as considerable social interaction."
- Government 2.0: A tale of "risk, control, and trust" | Enterprise Web 2.0 | ZDNet.com – Dion does a nice roundup of recent events and challenges in the "Gov 2.0" space.
- Enterprise 2.0: Skip the Pilot – Michael Idinopulos raises a very interesting point that for collaborative software to succeed you have to have a large pool of users, contrary to to “small pilot” wisdom of most new implementations. A very viable option, especially given the low capital needs to implement open-source solutions.
- Stanford study: Media multitaskers pay mental price – Multitasking kills! OK – maybe not that extreme. But this research has important implications for Learning 2.0. As our environment is changing to constantly bombard us with information, the most important skill to develop is being able to filter out garbage – clarify the signal from the noise. If this research holds up, multitasking is a serious impediment to being able to filter out irrelevancy. Much of Learning 2.0 will need to focus not on content and application, but on context: how content is collected, critiqued, and validated before being used.