#EDCMOOC Final Artefact by Willa Ryerson

If our goal as educators is to instill a love of learning and civic responsibility to the young minds entrusted to us, then I suggest we use every tool imaginable to accomplish this task. Connectivist Theory and Social Constructivism seem the appropriate means to that end. With all the possibilities that this digital world of ours provide, we as educators should embrace new technology and teach students how to search, filter, analyze, critique,and create from this sea of information. If we are successful in passing on the skills needed, WE will have created that well informed, rational and moral generation who will boldly go and build a better future. My Final assignment for this course is presented here – My Digital Artefact,
SEEDS OF CHANGE.


created at http://animoto.com

WORK CITED:
Dandelion in the Wind http://bit.ly/Vt7iuT
NEWBORN PREMATURE BABY IN THE INCUBATOR DIET NASAL http://bit.ly/W29Xhr
Oxycontin – another type of death http://bit.ly/134Gy8o
Israeli Agriculture http://bit.ly/YEcQ30
Mondanto’s GMO Corn Linked to Organ Failure http://bit.ly/WaqZEQ
Kigurami Girls Playing http://bit.ly/WUGKDN
Facebook Addiction http://bit.ly/15sBbQ4
Top Ten Reasons http://bit.ly/UE2MKN
Nicholas Carr http://bit.ly/Y3qqjF
Exploring Careers in the NG http://bit.ly/YEGbuc
New Military Technology 2012 http://bit.ly/155k7OL
I, Robot image irobot.wikia.com/wiki/sonny
Matrix Wiki -Neo, Trinity, Wachowski Brothers, Matrix.wikia.com
Utopia – Gawker Media, Creative Commons License

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#EDCMOOC Continuing the Journey

I’m going to have to change my profile page and the About Me section in this blog.
EDCMOOC journey tagxedo
My journey, learning, and experiences throughout this course E-Learning and Digital Cultures, my first MOOC from the University of Edinburgh, has been a truly amazing one. My primary goal was to learn new tools to enhance learning for my students. I know that I have only sampled a few of the wonderful applications available, but I’m on my way! I also learned that I’m not alone in this endeavor to be a better teacher, a better student, a better world citizen. I’ve learned about technological determinism, Utopias and Dystopias, Connectivist Learning Theory, Social Constuctivism, what it means to be human, transhumanism, posthumanism and a myriad of things along the way that I just stumbled upon. What I want to point out here in this blog, is that the quality of my experience in this course could not, would not have happened were it not for the connections that I’ve made, my Fraingers, Friends/Strangers, a word coined by my fellow Moocmate, Ary

This core group of “peeps” as Laurie calls us in her blog, Broadening the Base,http://lsniestrath.wordpress.com/,has provided valuable insight, encouraged and inspired me in this five week journey. I could have done it without them, but the experience would have been lackluster. I haven’t had this much fun and learned so much in all my 30+ years of teaching.I learned many valuable things to improve my craft, but most of all, I learned something about myself and the process of learning. If our goal as educators is to instill a love of learning and civic responsibility to the young minds entrusted to us, then I suggest we use every tool imaginable to accomplish this task. Connectivist Theory and Social Constructivism seem the appropriate means to that end. With all the possibilities that this digital world of ours provide, we as educators should embrace new technology and teach students how to search, filter, analyze, critique,and create from this sea of information. If we are successful in passing on the skills needed, WE will have created that well informed, rational and moral generation who will boldly go and build a better future. My Final assignment for this course is presented here – My Digital Artefact,
SEEDS OF CHANGE.


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# edcmooc My Scottish MOOC

week 3 The Happening

Here are some thoughts after viewing the 2nd hangout with our tutors. HANG OUT HAPPENING February 15, 2013

Jen gave a few quick announcements regarding the Flickr image competition. That deadline for submission is Sunday the 17th. The page for submitting the final artifact is opening a week early at the request of some students. The deadline for that final assignment is Feb 27th. Jen reminded everyone to take their time, as even if you submit early, the peer review process can’t begin until after the deadline of the 27th. Hamish gave some STATISTICS gleaned from Coursera, GoogleAnalytics and from the Edinburgh survey at the beginning of the course. Coursera’s stats were that of 42,874 total registered- 7,392 were active users during the last 7 days. or 17 %. Outside Coursera- 3,939 visited EDMOOC NEWS. Of that number, 64% of the participants are from the United States and about 8% from the UK. Statistic from the Edinburgh survey show that  50.9% are from the fields of TEACHING and EDUCATION and 7.4 % are STUDENTS

60% of participants have POST GRADUATE degrees./p>

definitely some window shopping going on earlier in the course

SIAN BAYNE  discussed themes of week 3  HUMANISM IN EDUCATION produced a lot of chin stroking.

Some people were critiquing the assumptions of what it means to be human, examining selfhood and the responsibility to others

how technology fails to limit human choice

are we disappearing into the mists of communication?

Is there time to connect?

CHRISTINE

TECHNOLOGY CONNECTION CHOICE

Christine discussed joining groups She likes the feel of the 60+ group  comfort and respect

Lots of ways to still connect with groups. Some introverts don’t like joining groups.

EDCMOOC is about CHOICE

JEREMY

talks about Steve Fuller and WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN

2 different ways of thinking- NATURE  being part or equal with humanity, embracing the earthy eco systems with animals and humans

Other view is that we are different- UNIQUELY HUMAN and strive to increase our differences with technological enhancements.This view purifies the meaning of being human….  keeping animals and nature separate

Jeremy suggested reading Helena Peddison critical animal studies debate.. the  blurring of the boundary between animal and human suggest we are still having difficulty DEFINING WHAT WE ARE as human….

APPS for APES

Evidences of the personal touch in education would be Google Hangouts, video lectures..  humanizing or privileging of presence

Monk, however, says there is a disembodiment in online learning..  you only learn about stuff.

Jim Sweetman critiques Fuller’s assumptions.  We really need to think about the NATURE OF REALITY and how we must PROGRESS.

Haven’t seen much in the discussion forums about the other idea about what is human… about humanity being more in touch with nature and animals

Process of MOOC development was discussed. This MOOC was an institutional Commitment and because the tutors were immersed already in e- learning it was obvious that they should develop this MOOC

JEN ROSS talked about why the team thought a Talking Head style was not the kind of MOOC they wanted. Hamish said that they CONSCIOUSLY CONSTRUCTED  something different.  Wanted to see how this way would develop without the PRIVILEGE of the TEACHING POSITION.  It isn’t a reassuring process  as Steve Fuller put it..: the lecture is an ancient artifice”. wanted some NEW NORMS  lots of different ways to experience a MOOC

ENJOYING the PROCESS

First wave of Coursera in the UK

Flip side is the mooc might not be for people who don’t engage.

Hamish likened this mooc to A HAPPENING.   It’s not a course but an EXPERIENCE.

Someone tweeted This MOOC is an ART FORM

There was some discussion of Connectedness after the course ends.   Will people be able to access the Coursera site? Twitter hashtag will continue to be used.  Great that people would like to stay in touch.

Discussing THE FINAL ARTIFACT

Hamish said the tutors are looking for anything CREATIVE.

Take a look at the artifacts that the MSC students did  to spark some INSPIRATION

Jen said go back through content of course and build from that.  Be BRAVE keep in mind that copyright issues are a bit tricky. Christine says to think about key messages in the course. How would you DELIVER THE MESSAGE in a new way. Think about adding your Flickr images to the Creative Commons Group

Sian gave an overview of Next week  Being Human… What is precious?  what do we want to keep , how do we improve on humans?  trans-humanism

week 3 The Happening
Tagxedo of A Happening 2/15/13
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#edcmooc Sterile,Impersonal,Sinister,Cage …First Impressions of Week 2 Clips

After viewing this weeks film clips   “‘A Day Made of Glass “, “Productivity Future Vision”,” Sight “, and  ” Charlie 13″, I spent quite a bit of time reflecting and contemplating. We are asked this week to decide” who is set to benefit from the personal, constant attention of IT and who might lose out” We are also asked to present the analysis of the films in a visual way. I used  Animoto, to present my first impressions of the film clips.

My first thoughts on the film clip “A Day Made of Glass” was not everyone can afford this lifestyle. Yes, the technology provides a crisp, clean, efficient yet sanitized and sterile view of the future. That may be someone’s version of Utopia, but not mine. Everything in that family’s life is too neat, too clean, too orderly. WE all know that is not the case. Real life is messy. The future art class depicted in Corning’s film clip bears no resemblance to the art classes that I taught to my first graders years ago. Smocks or over sized tee shirts were donned to protect clothes from the inevitable spills smears and splashes that normally  occur when first graders begin to paint. Manipulating colored circles on glass and then viewing photos of objects on glass? That is not creating art. Art involves, textures, feeling, and smell. Art involves mixing and  manipulating color. Art involves actually using a paintbrush and paint.Art is #D not 2 dimensional. Above all, art involves creating something out of something else.  The only people who benefit from the art class in that film clip, was the Corning Corp… for selling the glass.

Microsoft’s “Productivity Future Vision” film shows some interesting uses of technology. Who wouldn’t want a pair of glasses that has a built in language translator. It certainly would make travel to foreign countries easier. Instant access to hotel registration, room keys and a manager  certainly benefits the tech owners. Again I question, who will be able to afford such devices? Microsoft’s claim is that  “this future technology will help  people make better use of their time, focus their attention and strengthen their relationships while getting things done at work, at home and on the go.” Strengthen relationships? The mother and daughter are miles apart and attempt to bond by sharing a recipe via Smart phone. This is not building a relationship, but a poor facsimile. Relationship building involves spending time together, talking, sharing, laughing, actually constructing the recipe and enjoying the finished product together. Mother and daughter side by side, not miles apart. Microsoft’s tools may make work easier, but missed the mark when they claim that it will strenghthen relationships.

Considering the question,”What is going on in the film clip, “Sight?” took some analysis, I had to watch the clip several times and even after discussing some important points in a Synchtube session with my “peeps”, I had a hard time understanding the ending. Perhaps that is, because I can’t fathom a person so vile would misuse a gaming product in order to control another human being. In the clip, a gaming addict uses a dating app to “score” on a date. Yes, the pun is intentional. When the date or game doesn’t turn out the way he likes, he manipulates and controls the woman  to suit himself. She wants to leave and gets up to do so, but is prevented by his command “STOP!”. Apparently the news clip we see on the TV during their date informing the public  that the gamer’s Company is under investigation, has merit. Here is a most sinister aspect of gaming and what can happen if unscrupulous people change gaming programs for their own benefit. Manipulation and mind control are not the kinds of experiences I look forward to in the future. It seems that dystopian versions of the future far outweigh utopian versions.

The last clip”Charlie 13″ represents both Dystopian and Utopian views of “social and technological forces at work in society.” No one wants to live in a police state where an embedded chip in your finger tracks every movement you make, where you’re constantly  under surveillance. Charlie’s friend, Jack, appears to accept such control as inevitable when he says, “the NAU have eyes everywhere, other ways of tracking us,even sensors in birds.” Charlie represents freedom.The world beyond the fence, his “cage” will be his salvation. He still has the courage to fight the system of government control and resists the idea that he must remain in the city to be safe.  It’s interesting that his mother gives him a compass as a birthday gift. Something useless in the world they live in, but something very important in the world he must escape to. Charlie’s life in the city will already be mapped out for him and all freedom taken away once that chip is embedded. Perhaps his mother subconsciously wants a better life for him. Giving him a tool he would need in a world without fence.,giving him a means of navigating in his world of new found freedom is her gift to him. The Dystopian world that Charlie 13 lives in can be left behind with the hope of finding something better, something perhaps utopian.

http://futurestates.tv/episodes/charlie-13%20


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Voyages of the Starship #EDCMOOC

One of my learning goals for this course E-Learning and Digital Cultures was to try out new tools. GoAnimate is one tool that I have had some fun with. I took some of the information put forth in last week’s Google Hangout led by our course leaders and created a StarTrekish video clip.

Summary of the First #EDCMOOC Hangout led by
Jenn Ross, Sian Bayne, Jeremy Knox. Hamish MacLeod and Christine Sinclair


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