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Download A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Thomas Narrator: Stephen Bowlby Publisher: Podium Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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The 21st century is a world in constant change. In A New Culture of Learning, Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire and invite us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic.

Typically, when we think of culture, we think of an existing, stable entity that changes and evolves over long periods of time. In A New Culture, Thomas and Brown explore a second sense of culture, one that responds to its surroundings organically. It not only adapts, it integrates change into its process as one of its environmental variables. By exploring play, innovation, and the cultivation of the imagination as cornerstones of learning, the authors create a vision of learning for the future that is achievable, scalable and one that grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it. The result is a new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as fluid and evolving, the personal is both enhanced and refined in relation to the collective, and the ability to manage, negotiate and participate in the world is governed by the play of the imagination.

Replete with stories, this is a book that looks at the challenges that our education and learning environments face in a fresh way.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting ideas in here! Most I agree with: collaborative, project-based, inquiry learning... learning in the "gaps" where the content is not explicitly taught... no mention of online privacy or how to stay safe online though, which is an important tool our kids need to know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Stein | 1/19/2014

    " Thought provoking book about what education means in a networked and wikid world. A bit technotopian in its outlook - ignoring the self reenforcing ignorance bubbles created by web collectives and the negative social implications of digital tribalism. But worth a read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/13/2014

    " Thought provoking look at how we teach, with lge.ittle depth and no real specifics on how to chan "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 1/11/2014

    " Well-written, narrative-based argument for instructors to embrace the new pedagogical order of life in the supercomplex. My problem is that the book preaches to the choir and doesn't take the reader on board with such concepts to new areas of inquiry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jose Fuentes | 12/17/2013

    " Bad book - skip "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kip | 11/19/2013

    " I was charmed, then alarmed. Interesting ideas about exploration, experimentation, and immersion all under the language of play was OK, but then the last chapter was almost exclusively focused on the educational lessons to be learned from a raid in World of Warcraft. I loves me my WoW, but really? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienne | 9/8/2013

    " Uggh. If there were good ideas in there, I couldn't see past the pompous academic speak to find them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oliver | 6/29/2013

    " The new culture of education involves giving learners access to a huge body of information and a bounded structure to explore that information on their own terms with a community of like-minded learners. An interesting idea, but the presentation was repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas Berko | 5/24/2013

    " A nice quick read with several case examples to draw ideas from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mstan | 3/25/2013

    " I wanted this book to go a little deeper than it actually did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany Hesse | 3/5/2013

    " This book totally changed the way I see my classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 2/26/2013

    " Some good ideas worth ruminating. Will have to read it again for it to stick as I was distracted by the Tour de France when reading. Lucky it's short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/19/2012

    " A book I'd read again. I got to the end and wanted it to keep going! The stories shared are powerful examples of how much learning is changing. Anyone involved in education or lifelong learning should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 10/28/2012

    " Possibly the most important book regarding education, new media and creating learning communities that I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Szymusiak | 10/23/2012

    " I thought the book framed the many changes we are seeing in education and in the learning process. It helped me reflect on my own learning process but also helped me see the opportunities for a new culture of learning for our students. "

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