Tomorrow in Enid I’ll be talking, sharing and teaching about wikis and WikiPedia, as well as Flickr. I know from some brief discussions today that at least a few of the teachers in attendance at our three-day workshop are very hostile to WikiPedia and the entire concept of wikis. This isn’t something new for me to encounter, I frequently visit with people here in Oklahoma as well as Texas and other midwest states (especially librarians) who are very upset by WikiPedia and the idea that “anyone” can author content for it.
What is the word for how you discover something on the web? A trail of virtual breadcrumbs? My sequence this evening for an outstanding video presentation by Jimmy Wales (founder of WikiPedia) in April 2006 titled “Vision: Wikipedia and the Future of Free Culture” was:
– rmom32’s post in Google Groups
— James’ Gates TipLine blog and post about Fora.tv.
I knew about the TED conference and podcasts, but not about Pop!Tech (they have podcasts too with a lineup of amazing thinkers) or fora.tv. Thanks James! Fora.tv is the host of this preso by Jimmy Wales. According to the Fora.tv website, we should:
Think of Fora as C-SPAN meets YouTube meets MySpace.
Wow. Quite a simile. 😉 And quite a place to listen, think, learn and share.
The availability of content like this is staggering, and reminds me again of Roger Shank’s great keynote at SITE 2 weeks ago. I am not an expert on WikiPedia. Jimmy Wales is, because he INVENTED WikiPedia and works on the site and project probably every day. As a learner and facilitator of learning, it is enormously more powerful, relevant and effective for me to be able to share Jimmy’s own insights on WikiPedia, the project’s philosophy and the impact it is having on overall global knowledge than for me to attempt to communicate elements of those ideas all by myself.
Now, that doesn’t mean I won’t share some of my own stories about WikiPedia with our workshop participants: I certainly will! However, being able to share even a short excerpt of a video like this is powerful and important at several levels. First, we will all gain greater insight into WikiPedia and the entire project as a result of watching the first 10 minutes of the video (which is what I’m planning at this point.) Secondly, using this video dramatically shows the potential and value of blended learning and dynamic, digital curriculum.
Unfortunately a downloadable audio-only version of this preso does not seem to be available, but a full-text transcript is.
Jimmy’s point about the definition of FREEDOM from the WikiPedia perspective, being more about freedom to use, distribute and remix is a VERY important one. I think many times when people hear “free encyclopedia” they think of free ACCESS, rather than free USAGE licensing. I’m looking forward to sharing this tomorrow! 🙂
BTW, does anyone have or know of a good “quickstart guide” for Flickr? I’m looking for a short 2-pager like this one I made awhile back for Audacity. (PDF)
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