Laptop for pupils in NSW

I came across this video today about how children in New South Wales (NSW), Australia are being given 10″ laptops to aid their education in “The Digital Revolution”.

I recognise that we are seeing differing reasons for a move towards digital material for learning (e.g. a lack of resources for booking in California), but this NSW venture seems to be grounded on good reasoning. I for one applaud the initiative.



Some work of Brendan Stone prompted a recollection in me about the remix manifesto by Brett Gaylor. In collaboration with others, some quite famous in these circles, the manifesto was put together and reads:

A Remixer’s Manifesto

  1. Culture always builds on the past.
  2. The past always tries to control the future.
  3. Our future is becoming less free.
  4. To build free societies you must limit the control of the past.

The rip: remix manifesto site.

This video on the Boing Boing site introduces the basic principles.

Site Links:

Brett’s Open Source Cinema site

Interesting videos on the Open Source Cinema site explaining the movement

Other topic-related sites:

Remix America


And a Girl Talk Rotoscoped video produced by 64 students:

Observations on video production values

I think that there is room for both high and low production values.

I was looking at figures of online hosted video viewing just this morning from an acredited trends analysis group. It shows a significant increase in such viewing since 2006. You can hardly call the production quality of the majority of YouTube video to be the highest, but the stats show that people “used to a lifetime of programmes made by experts” are very willing to watch them. Not only that, they are engaging with the conent and recreating it. It’s a new cultural form that anthropologists are studying, and making very successful careers from.

I personally think that we are in a new phase of media creativity. People are doing it for themselves. This will mean (I hope) that new forms of production and creativity will emerge.What am I saying? They are emerging.

Horizon Reports from NMC

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international, not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicatedto the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Each year since 2004 they have published a freely available document called the Horizon Report. These reports are concerned with newly emerging technologies and their uses within higher education. They are split “time-to-adoption” periods of one year or less, two to three years and four to five years. The report focuses on a couple of significant technologies for each period and provides an overview, relevance to learning and teaching, examples, and additional reading.

Technologies can quickly leapfrog from a five year adoption to less than a year between consecutive reports, such is the speed of technology adoption.

The Horizon Report acts as a useful window through which to see what technology might he in use soon, or what technologies to put your efforts into developing resources for or with.

Site Link: Horizon Report

Report pdf Document Links:

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004