If I was going to build a TEKL what would I need to think about?


Confession – ever since George Siemens posted about Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning, I kind of lost focus on the core weekly topics that studying for cck09 and started to think about this. Time to throw myself back into chaos, no longer have anything to lose, sanity went years ago. I have so little to offer the learning network for cck09 in terms of educational ‘stuff’ so will fling everything mobile at it and see where it goes.

Have just started to create on a wikimap on Mindmeister, want to move onto Deepa Mehta at some point, but not content with managing to delete my concept map after spending (nearly 12) hours creating it last week there – don’t ask, have now managed I think, idiotically, to actually delete my whole self from Deepa Mehta so awaiting reinstatement ! Have added a tiny bit on there about textiles – but its not my thing / an area I know much about and what I do is from a brief period in Turkey when had partnership in a clothes shop one summer & brief conversations with someone who used to import cotton to UK. There’s a ton of stuff which could be added, especially under wearable computing & touch – lickable education anyone ?

If I was going to organise a TEKL creation dinner party – aside from educators – would want fashion designers, interaction designers, engineers, neuroscientists etc Or within education – just build a prototype and see ! Maybe it is more than one device or device & accessories depending on your viewpoint I guess.

So a TEKL is

“a physical, wearable device that captures our physical and virtual interactions and assist us in recognizing and forming knowledge connections based on our past interactions, our social network, and our current work or personal interest needs…As we go through the day, TEKL merrily records, matches, monitors, and recommends our learning and knowledge needs. When we go to bed, TEKL process our conversations (verbal – after all, everything is recorded), our email, our work habits, and our information seeking activities. Then, when we wake up, we receive a learning and knowledge status report, providing us with intelligent and relevant information as well as recommendations for greater personal efficiency and critical sources of information. The is a daily personal knowledge and learning GPS that provides direction and progress.” (1)


So many things to consider – there are wearable devices now but how to navigate through frequencies, fabrics, fibers and the invisible as well as visible. I wonder if it will be made with a wristband, watches , earpieces, rings – so many choices but how will they all connect?

Do they need to be connected all the time or could each one be accessed using different networks, protocols. Maybe it could just be like a little thimble (albeit 21st century one) with a skin sitting on one of our fingers which just remotely accesses everything as needed.

Haven’t mentioned glasses or lenses but I guess with ongoing augmented reality development, like the toolkit, research and projects at University of Washington and many others. No giant goggles please!

What about headpieces – would prefer design along the lines of Skullcandy as opposed to Darth Vader – something with a softer interface into the brain. Speaking of which, have not included anything on the brain on the wikimap yet – but having watched this amazing video last night, have a better idea about possibilities.

1. Siemens G, (2009), Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning, Connectivism blog, available at: