I just finished Jonathan Zittrain’s book by the title above. While you would question, initially, the relevance that book would have on the K-12 Classroom, the significance becomes apparent when you really delve into the issues inside. The whole premise of the book is to showcase the initial generative nature of the web, and how, through legislation and other means, this generative nature is disappearing.
In it, he compares the initial stages of telephone, the old Carterphone, and the troubles with it with the current and future of the Internet. Of course things such as net neutrality come up, along with Wikipedia’s community editing system. What most surprised me in this book, however, was the ending when he discussed the XO One Laptop Per Child. In looking at all of the examples, generativity is what they have in common. At its most basic, that is what the open source movement is all about. Webster’s defines generative as :
: having the power or function of generating, originating, producing, or reproducing