I came across this excellent article on the Learning Without Frontiers blog http://www.learningwithoutfrontiers.com/blog/2011/4/14/the-napsterfication-of-learning.html#comment12691750 by @grahamBM on 'The Napsterification of Learning'. I think it's an excellent article on how technology usage in classrooms has stalled through being shoehorned into traditional means of teaching. Napster was the original model of Internet disruption and probably was the the spiritual inspiration in some ways for iTunes. It set a template for how to create open and free exchange systems and I would guess that Napster assured the the longevity of the MP3 file. I would say that come the end of this decade we will still be storing our music in MP3 format.
- obviously 'disruption' in the way it shook up traditional models of providing music to the masses#
- 'democratisation' or even the advent of 'socialism' in music in that anyone regardless of wealth (but still reliant on the Internet) could have access to music
- driven by an individual who was not part of the traditional powerbase of individuals and companies controlling the music industry. Shawn Fanning was in essence an outsider who managed to force his way into the industry not through long term experience but just outright skill and innovation.
- as I said earlier almost the true 'dawn' of the MP3 format which has instituted what I see as the greatest sharing of content in the history of mankind second to books.
- is very easy to transmit, store and share both on devices and in the cloud
- contains learning material itself but can also contain easily accessible links to learning content on wikipedia, youtube etc
- can be edited by pupils and parents
- can be rated and tagged
- is available to be downloaded through large content providers (iTunes, Amazon) for free