Bootstrapping Brilliance in Education

edfoo2016-myslidedeck-image-touchHere are some links to accompany my ‘lightening talk’
at Ed Foo Camp – an invitational unconference on innovation in education, sponsored by O’Reilly Media, Google, Sesame Street and MacMillan Learning:

My slides: 2016 Ed Foo – Bootstrapping Brilliance in Education

Doug Engelbart Basics

Celebrated for the tools he invented which stemmed from larger vision for humanity.

What he did: Doug Engelbart Archive Collection online exhibits and collections

What he wanted you to know: Doug’s Call to Action and his Bootstrap ‘Paradigm Map’; see also our Institute’s vision and mission statement.

DIY Toolkit: Bootstrapping Brilliance – Putting Vision to Practice

Gardner’s Thought Vectors cMOOC as an Online ‘Learning Expedition’

Gardner Campbell has taken Doug Engelbart’s vision, strategic approach, and a few tips from his technology playbook, and created a novel online course at Virginia Commonwealth University on Focused Inquiry and Research Writing, creating a rich environment for experiential collaborative engagement using a few simple open tools.

Networked Learning as Experiential Learning,
by Gardner Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University

Internet Pioneer’s Greatest Contribution May Not Be Technological
by the Internet Hall of Fame, profiling Doug’s continuing legacy

Engelbart Scholars tour with Doug Engelbart Institute
by Christina Engelbart

Watch Wisdom as a learning outcome: Gardner Campbell at TEDx

Dreams About How The World Could Be
Gardner Campbell re: his experience of Doug Engelbart

The ‘Dynamic Archive’ as an active online Learning Environment

An ongoing project exploring the power of dynamic archives (vs. ‘static’ and/or ‘cold storage’ archives) using a subset of the Doug Engelbart Archive Collection to demonstrate the concept. For example taking 20 hours of video lecture from Doug Engelbart’s Colloquium at Stanford (Winter 2000), along with transcripts, slides, speaker bios, etc., along with works that are referenced or add richness to the core, to create a fresh novel  prototype dynamic archive demo site designed to enhance the learners’ ability to explore, study, connect the dots, and repurpose in novel ways. A collaboration of researchers at Stanford, UCB, Communications Design Group, Doug Engelbart Institute.

Some of the tools for the project:

Video Digests: A Browsable, Skimmable Format for Informational Lecture Videos
 the Abstract inks to the Paper and Case Examples you try out, or see this example enables learners/teachers/anyone to point to anything of interest anywhere on any webpage to highlight, add a comments, annotate, tag etc.

What is dynamic media? See example in Bret Victor’s excellent talk Media for Thinking the Unthinkable which was the inspiration for the Video Digests tool

What is granularity? The ability to quickly zero in on specific piece of information in any media and optionally do more than just  gaze at it  — for example to jump directly to it by clicking on a table of contents or search hit or word cloud, or once you’re there to bookmark it, copy a link to it, highlight it, comment on it, … Great example: in YouTube you can now right-click at any point in a video you are watching, and select
        Copy video URL at current time      <= YAY Google/YouTube!
By contrast currently when you do a google search, the hits take you to the top of a file leaving you to then find the hit in the file yourself, or if you want to leave a comment or send a link to someone else pointing to a specific passage in a file, you are limited to commenting on or copying a link to the whole file.

What does all this mean for Tool Innovation for Education?

What Doug Engelbart saw as critical requirements for the tools still largely missing from today’s learning/information technology:

Toward High-Performance Organizations: A Strategic Role for Groupware,
Douglas C. Engelbart, 1992

About a World Wide Open Hyperdocument System (OHS) ~ Overview
with links to Doug’s papers

Alan Kay said of Engelbart, I don’t know what Silicon Valley will do when it runs out of Doug’s ideas.” (Source: Walter Isaacson, The Innovators)

See Also

What ever happened to ‘Augmenting Human Intellect’?
by Scott Murray

Getting Ideas into Action: Building Networked Improvement Communities in Education
by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis Gomez, and Alicia Grunow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford and the Center for Networked Improvement in Education

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