VITTA09 Steve Hargadon Keynote

The following is an edited version of a Coveritlive session of the VITTA09 Keynote address from Steve Hargadon titled School 2.0: Where We’re Headed and What To Do About It? Due to stripping most Flash or Java based coding out of posts this is an edited transcript of the session. (The original can be found on My Test Blog).

Steve Hargadon                                    (11/25/2009)

9:18    Getting ready for Steve Hargadon’s VITTA 09 Keynote Address School 2.0: Where we’re headed and What To Do About It?

9:31    Jo McLeay now introducing Steve Hargadon listing all of the great work that Steve has initiated or been involved in.

9:36    Relating anecdote about seeing dolphins in Hawaii then because he uploaded them to Flickr Steve found out that there were pods of these close by

9:38    He was then able to look up info on wikipedia etc re the dolphins and plan and take a trip to see them. The whole day was down to Web 2.0 and how it reshaped his life

9:39    The information was a mix of public and authorative. Steve felt that on that day Web 2.0 was shaping how he took in the experience.

9:39    We are the new creators

9:40    It’s not about the technologies per see but the cultural changes associated with them

9:41    We are in the midst of 3 cultural shifts. Number One is how we find, create and diseminate content

9:42    Gee Steve goes through the points very quickly, I’m missing lots

9:43    Mounting the argument that we have fundamentally changed the printing process

9:43    The volume of content is like a tsunami, “there is too much information”

9:44    The Web is now a conversation like going to a dinner party

9:44    We don’t go back and get a recording of the conversation at the party though

9:45    If the web is this conversation then we need to have to change our focus to teaching with it. We need to teach participation

9:45    Though there is content overload we actually need to add even more through the conversations

9:47    Exploring an anecdote of adolescents at a b/ball game not watching game but using mob phones. Relating concerns from time past about calculators and how this relates to similar concerns about today’s devices such as the adolescents “being rude” not watching the game

9:48    We are in an era of increased openness. Looking at wikipedia and how it makes things clearer not only within the content but through looking behind at the discussion and revision of articles

9:49    Exploring notion of Creative Commons and the way it encourages and defines sharing as we need this in a world that is open

9:50    Looking at the creation of open textbooks eg Brazil where university students are creating textbooks for secondary students

9:51    This is a return to participation, pre-broadcast, pre-factory. Harking back to an era when the family social group created the entertainment

9:52    Looking at the evolution of open source and Apache

9:52    Almost 70% of the world servers run on open source Apache

9:53    Referencing Clay Shirkey Here Comes Everybody and the quote that this is now the time of “The redistribution of our cognitive surplus”

9:58    Two trends are magnifying there is a blurring of Professional and Amateur to ProAm and Producer and Consumer where consumer are now getting the chance to input into what needs to be produced

9:59    Damn I lost connection for a minute or two

10:00    Explored the long tail effect with Amazon and how now online sales significantly outsell traditional bookstores

10:03    Exploring how easy it is to connect and how if it isn’t happening in the classroom then it will be happening outside but will happen in the classroom in the very near future

10:05    Looking at chronology of Web 2.0 development

  • 1st blogs came a long and were like walking on stilts
  • Then came wikis which were like juggling
  • Then social networking My Space which were gaudy and like wild wild west, but working in them was like falling off a log

10:09    Social networking will become the basis for how we build in the future. We are not sure how education will change but it will feel like the tsunami.

10:09    Acknowledging that schools have many different ways to resist change


  • We need to be a learner first and learn about the technologies to harness them
  • We need to keep perspective as students need us more than ever

10:10    Reading poem “About Crows by John Ciardi”


  • We need to become part of the coversation when ready and then encourage others
  • We need to help to build a new playbook and be part of the conversation eg The Future of
  • We need to embrace the change process which will not be easy eg because of legal issues, parental concerns etc

10:16    Looking at how through the perspective of time the views of change process and tools used can evolve. Looking at postcards as the Twitter of the early 1900’s

10:17    The Question is will Twitter last? Maybe or maybe not but we do have to remain open about how it manifests itself

10:18    Looking at how photos have gone from fine art to digital photography. Showing that today’s images aren’t the art that photography used to be

10:19    We now take thousands of images a day but have we lost something

10:19    The suggestion is that we have actually gained as we can now play with the artistry of images where you can learn the craft of photography. Because we can take so many we can now afford to play around with images to all learn the artistry.

10:20    There is a beautiful opportunity that waits for all of us within the framework of Social Networking.

10:21    Steve can be found at

10:23    Okay that’s it for now, thanks for the encouragement in the Comments.

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One Response to VITTA09 Steve Hargadon Keynote

  1. tsheko says:

    Great notes, John. Thanks for these.

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