Sunday, August 31, 2008

Literacy, identity, culture in a web 3.0 world?

Presenter - Victoria Carrington
22/08/08 - UniSA

We live in a ‘beta’ culture – everything is still in progress and its messy.

Crisis creates change.

Web 3.0 - Ubiquitous connectivity, semantics, ‘beta’ culture.

Mentoring and scaffolding – informal learning – collaborating.

Web 2.0 / 3.0 is allowing ‘online’ Community of Practice.

This is stuff people have always done – it’s just that they can share it now online.

Web 2.0 allows people to construct and rehearse their identity

Virtual Worlds – as a part of the Web 3.0 – it’s about being ‘together’.

Virtual Worlds for young people
10 and under - Neopets, BarbieGirls (branded), WebKinz, Club Penguin
20 and under – WeeWorld (mirror of actual world), Habbo, Gaia, Club Penguin, Whyville (educational)

Second Life (role play)

Virtual Worlds allow endless customization – consumption/consumer activity

DIY virtual worlds: Cyworld (South Korea) – like social networking sites – powerful pedagogic work

Participatory culture – play, performance, simulation, appropriation, multitasking, distributed cognition, collective intelligence, judgement, networking, negotiation (Jenkins et al 2006)

In order to function effectively you need to be able to engage in a range of ‘text’ – we are a text based culture – you need to be able to learn digital literacy skills in the actual digital world – education needs to engage with the digital environment to be effectively teaching these skills

Participatory predatory – model of literacy – participatory culture

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