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Thursday, 6 September 2007

The first keynote

Bernd Rueschoff is curently talking about Web 2.0 and language learning, teaching and research.

He's raising very interesting questions about whether Web 2.0 is really new, focussing on the Mitmach (participatory) Web.

I'm sure others will blog the content of the presntation much more coherently than I can, so I'm going to reflect here on the fact that it's fascinating to find how difficult it is to blog a presentation rather that to take notes on it. Not the same thing at all! Live blogging is much more difficult than uploading after the event - no time to edit, for instance. Does this mean that blogs should be relegated to being reflective tools? I'd be interested to hear your views on that.

Now, I'm going to turn my full attention to this extremely interesting and engaging presentation. If you haven't been watching live, I'd urge you to access the streamed version when it's available - you're going to enjoy it and find it really motivating!

2 comments:

Graham Davies said...

It was indeed an enlightening presentation - which I had the honour to chair - bringing out a number of aspects of Web 2.0 that I hadn't thought about. Bernd introduced the term "languaging" as a new concept - not his own concept, as he admitted, and one which he thought initially was a bit strange. Look at the streamed presentation and find out what it's all about.

Apparently, Web 3.0 is on the horizon and has already featured in a German business magazine. Wow! I've only just clarified for myself what Web 2.0 is all about...

Elena Benito said...

Indeed. It was an insightful presentation, at least quite thought-provoking for me. I came up with some questions though, such as whether 'participatory knowledge construction' is really a new concept or not and whether we are actually facing what I call a 'digital divide 2.0', because experiences with learners vary so much among teachers, being most of our learners basically passive and unaware of the web 2.0 bubble...