Fwd: Rossland Library recommends Prensky

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM, RSS Library <nkuhn@sd20.bc.ca> wrote:
This ties in well to a recent article I read by Marc Prensky, “Digital
Wisdom (H. Sapiens Digital)  — Moving beyond Natives and
Immigrants” (in Innovate, Feb-Mar 2009 – http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/).
Prensky states that the divide between digital native and digital
immigrants will be less important and the focus will be towards
developing digital wisdom. In the not so distant future, most of our
information will come from sources archiving history online, much like
the Library of Congress and all the twitter feeds it is archiving.
Digital wisdom will come from being able to navigate and critically
read the masses of information available online.
To quote Prensky:
Digital technology, I believe, can be used to make us not just smarter
but truly wiser. Digital wisdom is a
twofold concept, referring both to wisdom arising from the use of
digital technology to access cognitive power
beyond our innate capacity and to wisdom in the prudent use of
technology to enhance our capabilities.
Because of technology, wisdom seekers in the future will benefit from
unprecedented, instant access to
ongoing worldwide discussions, all of recorded history, everything
ever written, massive libraries of case
studies and collected data, and highly realistic simulated experiences
equivalent to years or even centuries of
actual experience. How and how much they make use of these resources,
how they filter through them to find
what they need, and how technology aids them will certainly play an
important role in determining the wisdom
of their decisions and judgments. Technology alone will not replace
intuition, good judgment, problem-solving
abilities, and a clear moral compass. But in an unimaginably complex
future, the digitally unenhanced person,
however wise, will not be able to access the tools of wisdom that will
be available to even the least wise
digitally enhanced human.
If nothing else Prensky’s statement is reason enough to push for
trained Teacher-Librarians who can help students and colleagues
acquire the 21st century skills that will be needed to sift, sort,
analyze, and synthesize through the information.

As for Twitter, I began using it about four months ago for
professional reasons and I can honestly say it is one of the best
tools for continued professional development. It provides a gateway to
excellent blogs, articles and worthy discussions around technology and
education. For those of you interested in following some worthy
Tweeters here are a few on my list – you can find me @nicolakuhn

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