The Era of Crowdsourcing and my Educational Perspective
This post is my review of the panel by the same name from SXSW. I originally posted on a shared edunotes.posterous.com site but I am moving it here. This is pretty much the only panel I REALLY liked at SXSW enjoy!
What is Crowdsourcing – Crowdsourcing is a neologism for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group – Jeff Howe http://crowdsourcing.typepad.com/about.html
In the education space we can use crowd sourcing to engage parents to help build a better education system. This could help increase the engagement of parents and relieve tension on budgets and most importantly we give our children a better education.
- Crowdsourcing equals access to free labor only.
Businesses have crowdsourced several things with success in three areas:
- Wikipedia – A community drives the wisdoms of the online dictionary
- Mechanical Turk – A community of people who need work and have work that needs to be done.
Wisdom and Labor
- Digg.com – The community gathers to decide which is the most relevant news of the times. They hunt the news down and report it to the community for judgement
- Threadless.com – The community decides which designs are best and they are also responsible for creating the designs.
Crowd vs Community
Crowd: A crowd is a large and definable group of people, while “The crowd” is referred to as the so-called lower orders of people in general (The mob). A crowd may be definable through a common purpose or set of emotions, such as at a political rally, at a sports event, or during looting, or simply be made up of many people going about their business in a busy area (eg shopping). Everybody in the context of General public or the Common people is normally referred to as The masses. -Wikipedia.com
- Common Purpose – To educate our youth
- Based Around an Event – Your child’s career in school is a daily event
- Crowds don’t last long
Community: In human communities, intent, belief, resources,preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. -Wikipedia
- Sustainability – Education is a long EVENT and really never stops happening even after school.
- Organic and Adaptive – A community can change with the needs of the community. The community can give schools the most relevant information on how the kids should be educated.
Careless engagement: If you are going to engage your community do it to the fullest extent. If you go into the community and you are not prepared to go to the full extent of what it takes to get the community involved, you will create apathy for your cause. Soon enough the community itself will no longer want to support you at any level.
From my perspective I think as we grow our changing educational system we look to Crowd Source from the parents and help create a community of more engaged parents that in the end will help foster a 24/7 education system. We should always keep learning.