This week’s session by Howard Rheingold relates to the fundamental social media literacy.
Howard concluded that “one important step that people can take is to become more adept at five essential literacies for a world of mobile, social, and always-on media: attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network know-how.”
Would the following categorization help?
Personal literacy: Attention, crap detection
Social literacty: Participation, collaboration
Socio-technological literacy: Network know-how
Relating to crap detection, Howard says:
“Although the Web undermines authority, the usefulness of authority as another clue to credibility hasn’t entirely disappeared. I would add credibility points if a source is a verified professor at a known institution of higher learning, an authentic M.D. or Ph.D., but I wouldn’t subtract points from uncredentialed people whose expertise seems authentic. Nor would I stop at simply verifying that the claim to be a professor is valid.” Great advice.
I have reflected on the basic questions here:
There are 6 important questions raised:
1. Where is it coming from?
2. What are the implications of thinking like that? What are the social, political, economical and environmental implications?
3. How could this be thought otherwise?
4. Who decides? Who decides what’s true, normal, mainstream?
5. In whose name is this statement made?
6. For whose benefit?
In reflection this could be referred to:
Question 4: Who decides? Who is the authority in the subject domain?
Question 5: In whose name is this statement made? This is particularly the case in referring to the authorities in research. What are the credentials of those experts? Are they theorists, practitioners or both?
Question 6: For whose benefit? Who would benefit most from the decision made? How about the power?
Do you see experts as the main source of critical literacies? Who are the experts? How about leaders as experts?
How would these literacies be developed in social networks and formal education? Would that be learning by doing, thinking and reflection? I think it would also relate to critical thinking, sensemaking and way-finding, whilst navigating and constructing networks under Connectivism.
What about the intelligence one has in order to develop those literacies in online education and learning environment?
I have been thinking about multiple intelligences (MI) for the last two decades. Here Howard Gardner provides an interesting presentation on MI. As Howard mentioned, MI is a way of thinking.
My main take away from Howard’s MI presentation is that MI has its soil on certain cultural roots, where democracy and individualization of education and learning is encouraged and supported. However, there might be some constraints when such way of thinking is introduced into a culture where centralization of power is involved. Under such centralized education system, MI might have potential to flourish, provided individualized learning is allowed. The use of Personal Learning Environment (PLE) might better align with this MI way of thinking, where the learner would decide which of those capacities he or she has would be of interests for development.