21st Century Teachers as Prosumers in a Bi-literate Knowledge-Driven Global Economy
Kenneth Komoski, EPIE Institute, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Globally, teaching and learning stand to be transformed by (1) access to low-cost digital devices, (2) anytime, anywhere broadband access to what Andrew Carnegie called, "Free to the People, popular education" and (3) a digital global economy's ever increasing need for anytime, anywhere workers with bi-literate skills: workers capable of blending language skills and digital media skills to achieve intended outcomes - including teaching and learning. Non bi-literate teachers facing "Generation M" youth who spend 6.5 hours a day using non school-related media (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005), are ill prepared to help them learn a living as 21st Century "prosumers": consumers capable of producing valued goods and services (Toffler, 1960). Bi-literate teachers, knowledge workers producing value-added services that empower and motivate learners to generate the knowledge capital essential to a knowledge-based economy, stand to become invaluable prosumers of free global popular education.
Komoski, K. (2007). 21st Century Teachers as Prosumers in a Bi-literate Knowledge-Driven Global Economy. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1303-1311). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).