I don’t think I’ll ever get used to how long it takes to get articles published, and even less so, how I make it worse by taking much too long in letting you know when they are. However in spite of the delays, I’m delighted to finally let you know about a recent article I wrote for BECTA, the British “government agency promoting the use of information and communications technology; news, projects and resources on lifelong and special education.” They have been doing outstanding work for many years, and have a section called Emerging Technology for Learning (ETL), which is one of my regular “feeds” for learning and technology.
I was therefore most honored to be asked to write an article on mashups, which I titled “The Snowflake Effect: The Future of Mashups and Learning”
The key point I try to make in the article is that in order to realize the true power and potential of mashups, we need to understand and treat this as a conceptual model with fundamentals that can be applied to almost anything. To make this point I used as many existing examples, technologies, and applications as possible to help illustrate how mashups are already being used with great diversity, albeit on a small scale so far. This subject exemplifies Gibson’s great quote that “The future is already here, it is just not very evenly distributed”, and I hope that the article will help to “distribute the future” a bit more evenly by encouraging you to consider using the concept of mashups for many more applications than you may currently be doing.
Please take a few minutes to look over this article, and more importantly, all the other great topics within the BECTA and ETL sites. Please also be encouraged to add your comments to the articles that you do read, as this adds immeasurable value for all of us.