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Helen Keegan :: Blog :: Information/communication overload and continuous partial attention

October 20, 2007

… two more excellent offerings from Mike Wesch (creator of “The Machine is US/ing Us.”):

Information E/Revolution which "…explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CV05HyAbM 

A Vision of Students Today - a short video produced in collaboration with 200 students summarising "how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

... i'm currently writing a paper on information and communication overload, so it's a welcome relief to revisit these themes via a different medium (i.e. video)! Welsch opens the 'Visions of Students Today' video with a quote from Marshall McLuhan (1967):

"Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns subjects, and schedules”

I'd be interested to hear from others about their experiences of information and communication overload, particularly in terms of student feedback with regards hyper-connectivity and learning networks/multiple network membership. I know that for myself, and many others I have spoken to in the EdTech community our ability to connect and be connected is sometimes as stressful as it is energising! Also, I sometimes worry that constantly multitasking (and to some extent, information 'grazing') means that i'm only paying continuous partial attention at the expense of deeper levels of reflection... Do our students feel the same?


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