Pull by David Siegel


Pull by David Siegel

The Semantic Web explained.

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Comment by John Graves on March 31, 2010 at 11:11am
Here is a video presenting the Opening Minds programme (a meta-learning approach) at Redbridge School and Community College in the UK.


"What are competences?

The Opening Minds curriculum features five categories of competences: learning, citizenship, relating to people, managing situations and managing information. Focusing on competences means that Opening Minds teaching is emphasising the ability to understand and to do, rather than just the transmission of knowledge.

These competences are broad areas of capability, developed in classrooms through a mixture of instruction and practical experience: children plan their work, organise their own time and explore their own ways of learning."

Comment by John Graves on March 31, 2010 at 10:18am
This book has a website which includes the Semantic Web Acid Test:


which includes a link to a presentation (John Wilbanks’ excellent explanation of linked data from Science Commons)


which makes the need for the semantic web (and a "post-paper" orientation to knowledge) clear.

Literacy was only an adequate baseline skill while there was a sufficiently small enough amount of knowledge for a person to read everything in their field of expertise to reach the edge of the known where they could begin to study the unknown. Now knowledge is advancing so quickly and such vast quantities of new knowledge are being created, it is impossible for an unaided human to read fast enough to keep up!

In this environment, teachers may find their own subject matter knowledge is at best incomplete and may even be obsolete (and if they don't discover this themselves, their students will). The value added by a teacher thus changes from being a source of knowledge (you can't teach what you don't know) to being a steward of knowledge or a guide to finding knowledge. Students will still need to learn the meta-skills, including literacy, needed to navigate in knowledge-space. Once they have these meta-skills, however, primary learning activities will involve interactions with knowledge-space via the computer rather than interactions with teachers.

Think of teaching a traveler how to read a map: once the student understands how the map works, the teacher does not have to go along for the trip or know anything about where the student is going!

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