Doing it first, making trouble and inspiring some change
It's not television, it's not broadcasting. It's about harnessing the networks that are out there, virtual or real-world, and creating new models of interaction for an audience that, increasingly, is online rather than on the box.
For about six years I've been working in social media and gaming from an education perspective. Latterly I've been developing new ways of better involving the profession and the public in developing conversations, resources and networks. For the past year, I've tried to share my vision for how participation culture needs to underpin our largest educational and technological ventures. I'm grateful to my wonderful colleagues over the years at Learning and Teaching Scotland and particularly the colleagues in East Lothian Council who have helped my work become ever more challenging, enrichening, enjoyable.
But it's time for a change, and the scope for ingenuity in this participative age, in one of the world's most innovative television corporations, couldn't have come along at a more exciting time.
Along with colleagues in centres throughout the UK and part-funded with some superb partners, I'm looking forward to commissioning exciting, groundbreaking and intriguing content and platforms that break rules, which move forward where others have hesitated. We're even going to start investing in some of the companies of the kind that have defined Channel 4 content over the past 25 years. Best of all is that many of the talented individuals and organisations that read this blog will probably make superb potential candidates for the 4iP ThinkTank - come and join us in shaping the future. In some ways it's all change, in other ways some things just don't change:
Do it first
Channel 4 has become synonymous with pushing limits, and with our freedom we should keep doing just that.
While we won't make trouble for the sake of it, a season with no trouble is one with too little creative risk.
Channel 4 wants to challenge the views of the world and open minds.
Education continues to be a fertile area for new
ideas and exploitations of technology, and learning and interacting
with others on projects is still very much my passion. I'll continue to
scour the landscape for ideas and edu.blogs.com will continue to be a
place where I share those finds and my views on learning. But now,
folks, it's going to be very much outside the echo chamber. You have been warned...