Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Leaving a legacy...

This week, our first task is to watch this fantastic TEDxNYED talk by Alan November.

We have three questions to ponder:
  • What resources can we use to duplicate what November describes (e.g., transforming an existing space into a space that becomes a launching point for community-changing endeavors grounded in strong digital literacy skills?
  • What are we (and can we) be doing to encourage our learners to use digital literacy skills in ways that "leave a legacy” (i.e., something that the learners can continue to own and share long after the formal learning opportunities conclude)?
  • What can we do in defining and fostering digital literacy to support work that has an identifiable purpose that is meaningful to our colleagues and our learners?
I can tell that this exercise is a little more difficult than our earlier tasks, as here it is Wednesday and nobody has posted on the weekly discussion board yet!  Difficult is not quite the right word - what this task takes is a bit more thought and it's not so easy to quickly type out an answer.

I watched the video two nights ago, and took a few notes.  Then I watched it again, and added to my notes...
A photo posted by Anne Murphy (@librarianguish) on

Rather than answer the questions directly, for now I'm just going to make note of my notes.  ✏️

  1. Involvement in community gives meaning
  2. Critical thinking and problem solving
  3. Don't teach any particular technology --> short term
  4. Find a problem, THEN use technology to solve it
  5. Dignity and integrity of work; adding value
  6. Leaving a legacy adds value
  7. PURPOSE!  There must be a purpose to the work
  8. Peer to peer learning is effective (social interaction)
  9. The ecology of learning has changed
  10. Contribution = ownership of learning

I've got more thinking to do on those three questions, and how I might answer them in the context of my work both with library staff and our patrons.

1 comment:

  1. Anne:

    The two interrelated posts (more comments to be added to Part 2 as soon as I finish here) are wonderfully rich examples of what we're exploring:

    You're sharing this with colleagues on the course forums, carrying those reflections here, and connecting them, through separate postings to others via Twitter and Instagram. (Hope I'm not missing anything obvious.) In the process of doing all of that, you're providing wonderful examples of digital literacy at work: creating, sharing, working in multiple platforms, and going where the learning and discussions take you (and the rest of us). Thanks a million for the creatively energetic approach and all that you're doing to inspire the rest of us.