The series “Contexts and Technologies”

The series “Contexts and Technologies”

Contexts and technologies: two inseparable terms. We believe that the technologies have sense and value only if analyzed and understood within their contexts of use. Let’s take a simple example: in an agricultural context of a few centuries ago, the term “new” technology or innovative technology was probably referring to a new type of plow that freed the man from the effort, giving it more time and, therefore, consequently allowed an improvement in family relationships in general and the relationship with oneself. This technology not only changed the type of cultivation and then for food, but also transformed the way we live and think. Today, in a contemporary Western context, the expression is used when you think new technologies to the various environments of the Internet or mobile devices for remote communication. Again this is not a simple enhancement or acceleration of functions already possible before, but rather a radical change in lifestyle.
In any case, new technologies always produce a domino effect is not always very consistent and understandable in the first instance. Assuming, therefore, a cultural-historical perspective, this necklace is to analyze the relationship technology-environment around the following assumptions:
– The context is so rooted in the technologies that only a contextual technology allows you to understand the assumptions, the effects and developments,
– Technologies are tools of mediation that we can not do without.We are now very cultural beings, not just social but part and parcel of the community within which technologies mediate and remediate our relationship with the environment, act as “slow” interpretation of what surrounds us, and equipment capable of building new senses and meanings,
– Technologies are not just instruments of mediation “outside” but also “internal”. In fact, let us conceptualize and imagine worlds, ideas, emotions are not possible,
– The power of innovative technologies can be understood only through an approach mutidisciplinare. The technologies are humans so extensive that only the combination of different angles, different points of view (psychological, social, educational, aesthetic, artistic, political, economic, etc..) Makes possible a satisfactory analysis of a phenomenon so complex.

The necklace Contexts and Technologies was founded as a tool and framework for discussion and reflection on issues and is exposed as a further spread of the organ of Collaborative Knowledge Building Group (CKBG) (, an association that is in the Italian actually a very special and well-established. Researchers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs in various areas within the CKBG meet to discuss, exchange ideas and discuss issues relating to technology, its use in various contexts, its innovative power, cultural impact, its ability to contribute to processes of interaction, collaboration and knowledge building, as well as the assumptions necessary to develop a design capacity that seems to need to be supported and strengthened.
We note the virtuous relationship between the themes of this necklace and the particular format of the texts. This e-book online with the ability to custom print-on-demand. A particular type of texts that exploits and enhances the options annotation of word processing software and interaction of the network and the ability to support online communities of readers. We invite you to actively explore all the resources of this new and innovative technique of reading.
The Collection contains monographs, curatorship, collettanee and Italian versions of texts are particularly important in the international scene. Texts will then be published textbook type, research, analysis and dissemination as it is always on top analysis of the relationship between technology and context.
All texts published in the series are overseen by the Executive Committee and the Scientific Committee of CKBG international and interdisciplinary necklace.

Director of the Necklace
M. Beatrice Ligorio (University of Bari – President of CKBG)

Co-directors (members of the EC CKBG)
Cacciamani Stephen (University of Valle d’Aosta)
Donatella Cesareni (University “La Sapienza” of Rome)
Stefania Manca (ITD-CNR, Genoa)
Stanislaus Smiraglia (University of Cassino)
Luca Tateo (University of Salerno)
Vanin Luke (University of Milan)

International Scientific Committee
Carl Bereiter (University of Toronto, Canada)
Carol Chan (University of Hong Kong, China)
Michael Cole (University of San Diego, CA, USA)
Marlene Scardamalia (University of Toronto, Canada)
Roger Saljo (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Neil Schwartz (California State University – Chico, United States)
Jan van Aalst (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

(2011) Didattica universitaria online. Teorie, esperienze e strumenti (3 voll.), a cura di M. Beatrice Ligorio, Elvis Mazzoni, Aurelio Simone, Mirella Casini Schaerf
(2010) Education, Innovation and Technology, edited by Donatella Cesareni and Stefania Manca
(2009) Knowledge building communities. Rethinking the School and the University as a Community of Research, edited by Stephen Cacciamani
(2009) Pages obscure. The Italian Extreme Right and computer mediated communication in a psychosocial perspective, Luca Tateo

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