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With the directory of educational videos at that was launched by Wikipedia co-founder Dr. Larry Sanger in October 2009, I am reminded of the concept of learning objects that has been the topic of repositories such as MERLOT (the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) for many years.  While MERLOT is well known in Higher Education, I have found that it is not readily utilized in K-12 education, despite is value for accelerated learners and advanced placement course materials.  I suspect that this will change as online learning continues to develop and grow throughout K-12 and individualized instruction empowers students to move beyond their primary curriculum. With the wealth of information that is now available through these and other organized sources such as iTunes University, Youtube, National Geographic, Discovery Learning, the Library Video Company, United Streaming, Google Earth, and other content providers.  The ability to have this information organized and available to learners on-demand is beyond what can be found in any individual printed textbook, college or school library.  This brings me to one last thought, the future of textbooks and learning.  Having experimented with content available through the Apple IPod Touch, Tablet PCs, and other portable devices such as the iPad, and content made available by publishers as supplemental resources for textbooks, I believe that we are on the verge of harnessing the power of electronic content for learning.  A dynamic electronic learning resource that can be organized and sequenced according to a college, school or individual course curriculum with embedded remediation, supplemental learning materials and potentially multiple languages could help to harness the ever growing body of historical, literary, and scientific knowledge our global communities are creating.  Given this, learners will need a sound grasp of the fundamentals, combined with a core body of advanced subject knowledge and the ability to research a topic, synthesize the information and learn on their own.  Individuals with this foundation will be in a position to learn and advance beyond any current limitations to create, invent and discover new knowledge breakthroughs which can be fed back into the global repository for the advancement of humankind.
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