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The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education    by Curtis J. Bonk order for
World Is Open
by Curtis J. Bonk
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John Wiley & Sons, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The basic premise of Curtis Bonk's The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education is that the educational world is now available to anyone anywhere at any time.

The author explores ten key technology trends that together make up what he has dubbed the WE-ALL-LEARN framework. Breaking it down, this acronym, although rather lengthy, covers - Web searching, E-Learning, Availability of open source/free source software, Leveraged resources, Learning object repositories, Learner participation, Electronic collaboration, Alternate reality learning, Real time mobility and Networks of personalized learning.

Granted that's a mouthful, which explains, perhaps, why this book is over 400 pages in length. But if you accept the author's statement that web technologies have 'blown the doors to educational opportunity wide open'. you'll want to see how to take full advantage of the opportunities now available to the learner.

'As the WE-ALL-LEARN model will make apparent, we are in the midst of a grand shift toward personalized learning environments and more complete and open learner participation,' writes Bonk. 'The educational world of your parents and grandparents no longer exists ... It is my hope that this book will start a dialogue about how the various educational technology trends and openers relate to one another and might, in the near term, coalesce.'

Parents, educators and anyone interested in providing the best environment for learning in the 21st century will want to read and ponder the contents of this book.

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