Yesterday, I walked around the library watching our seniors work. They are two weeks into their graduation projects and it occurred to me that things look very different from the way they looked a few years back.
This year the prop I am using to illustrate the shift towards research transparency and interactivity is the loose leaf binder.
At the beginning of their research for their culminating projects, I grabbed binders from their desks. I asked why this device is no longer an adequate container for research.
My students, though very used to my goofy metaphors and props, were a bit slow to pick up my meaning this time.
But, the fact is that their trusty binders will not adequately contain:
- audio files
- RSS for dynamic news feeds and blogs
- news widgets
The fact is that their trusty binders are not:
- easily portable and accessible across devices
Yesterday, I walked around watching students gather content and build understanding in their wikis. And what I saw were students who are growingly confident about managing and customizing their personal information spaces.
But the binder no longer works.
(For more on adequate and inadequate containers, see this post about our efforts a couple of years ago.)