Yoda: The Extended School – Obstacles & Possibilities

04 Education, Advanced Cyber/IO, Collective Intelligence, Communities of Practice, Ethics
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Digital Education

Antonio M. Battro and Percival J. Denham

Digital Education is clearly a labor of love. At the same time it is a thoughtful and sophisticated discussion of the shape of education in the future.

Howard Gardner

The purpose of this book is to provide a panorama of the application of new digital technologies in education as the century comes to an end. In some cases we have described instances where this technology has already been implemented with great success, in others we discuss promises that have still to be confirmed. We also hope to awaken “critical enthusiasm” for an effective and beneficial implementation of the best technology in the service of education and the individual.

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This book is also the product of permanent collaboration with many teams of professionals in various disciplines. To all of them we convey our sincere acknowledgement and our wishes for success, as the seeds planted with so much effort have now begun to bear fruit. In addition, this grounding in our personal, generational and regional experience has enabled us to process a wide range of information from countries where this technology is more developed, with which we have maintained close and rewarding links during all these years.


I. A new era
• Globalization, the first sign of change
• English – the new planetary language
• A change in the scale of education
II. Education and its context
• Education and business
• Education and the state
III. The digital habit
• The new digital culture
• Digital projects
• Time for assimilation
IV. The extended school
• Education at a critical moment
• A definition of the extended school
• Yesterday: concentrated knowledge
• Today: knowledge disseminated
• Tomorrow: knowledge connected
V. New tools and old
• Chalk and blackboard
• The spinning globe
• Microscopic life
• Desk and work
• The computer garden
• Slides and liquid Crystal
• Projectors and projections
• Dry and digital copies
VI. Digital transition
• Continuing education
• Cultural exchange
• The mental switch
• Critical thought
• Internal communication
• Educational frontier posts
• Technological updating
• Creativity and deregulation
VII. Means and ends
• Values for today and for always
• Technocentrality and consumerism
• Software in the public domain
VIII. The digital library
• Atoms versus bits
• The dual book
• Digital quality
• Reading and writing
• Text and hypertext
• Consult and navigate
IX. The home computer
• A new piece of furniture or a new instrument?
• Playthings and electronic toys
• Robots for assembly
• The silent printer
• The community network
X. New instruments of thought
• Word processors, a new way of writing
• A friendly mouse
• More portable learning
• Designing with computers
• The golden link in communications: the modem
• Electronic mail always arrives at its destination
• Fax, a threatened species
• WWW: three magic letters
• Reliable and accessible data bases
• Tables, abacus and spreadsheet
• The Scanner, a bridge between two worlds
• New interfaces and old keyboards
• Presentation aids
• So-called multimedia
• Digital cameras without film
• Digital videos in schools
• Music for all
XI. Presence and remote presence
• Features of distance education
• The three generations
• Synchronous and asynchronous moments
• Spaces for meeting
• Classrooms open to the world
• The advantages
• New educational niches
• A new type of teacher and student
XII. Talents and handicaps
• The right to communication
• The obstacle of the keyboard
• The obstacle of the screen
• The expression of individual talent

Phi Beta Iota:  The combination of digital sources & methods for education, and  the infinite wealth inherent in the brains and energy of the five billion poor, is perhaps the single most promising intersection of the new millenium.  Sadly, the existing institutions (academia, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, military, non-governmental/non-profit) are so deeply rooted in their Industrial-Era legacies, and their “leaderes” (actually “admininstrators”) don’t have a sense of where to start.

See Also:


2012 REPRINT FOR COMMENT: The Craft of Intelligence

2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter for Counter-Terrorism Book Out of Denmark)

2009 Fixing the White House & National Intelligence

2009 Human Intelligence: All Humans, All Minds, All the Time

2009 Intelligence for the President–AND Everyone Else

2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

2008: World Brain as EarthGame (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2008 Paradigms of Failure ELECTION 2008 – Lipstick on the Pig (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2008 The Substance of Governance ELECTION 2008 Lipstick on the Pig (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2006 Forbes Blank Slate On Intelligence

2002 TIME Magazine The New Craft of Intelligence

2002 New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence (Book 2 Chapter 15)

2001 The New Craft of Intelligence I

1995 Re-Inventing Intelligence The Vision and the Strategy

1995 GIQ 13/2 Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information

1993 From Schoolhouse to White House

1992 E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & intelligence (Full Text Online for Google Translate)