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2 June 2009 / Erik Duval

Making waves…

You probably don’t need this blog to learn about Google Wave… (See also BBC, TechCrunch, and a gazillion other places…)

It is certainly noteworthy that Google decided to open up the API even before they release Wave – much in line with one open approach to innovation.

And there are certainly applications for Wave in teaching and learning.

But what strikes me most is how this started from reconsidering email and instant messaging:

Wave was born out of the idea that email and instant messaging, as successful as they still are, were both created a very long time ago. We now have a much more robust web full of content and brimming with a desire to share stuff. Or as Lars Rasumussen put it, “Wave is what email would look like if it were invented today.”

Makes me wonder:

‘Schools and universities, as successful as they still are, were both created a very long time ago. We now have a much more robust set of technologies and a desire to share stuff. How would schools and universities look like if they were invented today?’

Maybe we can start working on that wave? Suggestions? Ideas? Do leave a comment…

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