A revolution in the sharing of knowledge…

Transforming e-Knowledge
TABLE OF CONTENTS     What is e-Knowledge?   © SCUP 2003
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Pervasive Technology Changes How We “Experience” Knowledge (continued)



Chapter 1

What is e-Knowledge?

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Digital Natives
(Net or Digital Generation)
Digital Immigrants
(Baby Boomers, Some Generation X)
Receive information fast, use Internet as first source   Slower processing of information, use Internet after other sources
Parallel process, multi-task   Sequential processing, focus on single tasks
Prefer to understand data through non-verbal interactions, such as simulations   Prefer to understand data through use of hard-won expertise in data manipulation via spreadsheets and similar tools
Prefer graphics before their text   First text, then graphics
Random access via hypertext   Step-by-step access
Prefer to access problems through games rather than “serious “work   Work and learning are serious endeavors
Adapted from: Marc Prensky, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, 2002
It’s all about finding the best experience. Networks of swarmers are leaderless, responding to information and interactivity. Swarming can be frivolous or deadly serious. In Edinburgh, a network of avid female swarmers descends on whatever local nightspot Prince William is reported to be patronizing. On the other hand, Philippine President Joseph Estrada was done in by “smart mobs” organized by swarming for the purpose of protesting his massive corruption. The U.S. military has even commissioned a study on “Swarming and the Future of Conflict.” Swarming occurs in both physical (cell phone or pager messages stimulate the swarm) and virtual (e-mail or IM messages attract virtual visitors) environments.  

Blogging and Klogging. Blogging is short for “Web logging,” a practice that’s taken off in the past year or so, and now involves hundreds of thousands of practitioners. Bloggers create a personal Web page with notes, comments, news-feeds, and ideas on things they consider important.


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