John Seely Brown has had an epiphany. In the past year and a half, the knowledge expert and chief scientist of Xerox Corporation said he’s gained a new respect%u2014indeed an awe%u2014for screen language. And what is screen language? It’s simply the vernacular of digital culture, the way technology is increasingly put in the service of human imagination in sophisticated ways. For the shorthand version, just think of any teenager’s natural affinity for instant messaging, video games, movies, open source, and eBay.
How can that affinity be tapped and how can those abilities be understood and applied to lifelong learning?