Quadbloggers 2

#EDCMOOC 2.
QUAD 2 
1. Kelcy Allwein http://kelcym.wordpress.com – moderately experienced – blog more on internal office network (since 2005) than on the internet
2. Willa Ryerson https://wryerson.wordpress.com – new blogger
3. Nigel Thomas http://nigelsmooc.blogspot.co.uk/ been blogging for 2 yrs
4. Angela Towwndrow http://angelatowndrow.blogspot.com.au/

 

 
 

I tried to make a menu, with the names and url’s of my quad blogging group. This list will have to suffice. I want to have easy access to these blogs. I am so tired of searching everywhere and still not finding exactly what I was looking for. I am overwhelmed. No, I am more than overwhemled… so overwhelmed I can’t think of a word for it. I am hoping that reading one blog and commenting on it will have a Zen effect. I just read Chris Swift’s comment on Facebook about making a mind map so quad blogging will be easier, more productive?? Why are we making one ? At this point my mind is so full of clutter that I’m not sure anyone would call it a mind. Time to go do something mindless…. until tomorrow then, ta ta.

What is happening to our world?

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world

Even though this blog is primarily used for discussing my course e-learning and digital cultures, I have to take a minute and ponder…. Thank God there are so many helpers. The disaster that was Sandy Hook Elementary will haunt me for some time. I’m wondering what will the atmosphere  be at MY elementary school when I return on Monday. As I wonder why these horrible things happen, I can’t help thinking….. Will all these new technological advancements build a better world? Evil has always been with us, it just seems that in the 21st century it’s more pervasive. Do virtual reality games that glorify violence while desensitizing the game player, feed the evil that is already present? I fear no one has the answer. As Fred Rogers reminds us “I am always comforted by realizing there are so many helpers-so many caring people in the world.” Well after we’ve grieved, and let the care takers take care, let’s do SOMETHING and I don’t mean gun control, because then evil people will just use bombs or chemical weapons.The only something that I can do right now is PRAY. Pray for the families, the teachers, the community, pray that time will heal this awful wound, pray protection for all of us. 

Digital culture a definition

Many of my classmates are posting their opinion or definition of digital culture on Wallwisher. I am searching for my definition. Being new to blogging and all things digital except email and FaceBook, my definition may fall short. Digital Culture is how the Internet and World Wide Web have changed our world socially, economically and politically. Through technology we interact, shop, play, entertain, create and view world problems differently.

Just roaming around

After scanning twitter and our FB EDCmooc group, I decided to form some kind of clear direction on what I want to learn in this upcoming course. After re reading the course description, this is what I am hoping for….

1. gain a deeper understanding of what it means to teach and learn in this digital age.

2. examine the relationship between people and technology and how that will improve my teaching

3. learn how digital cultures intersect with learning cultures online

4. examine how learning and literacy is represented in cyber culture

5. How does the influence of popular digital culture influence our understanding of e-learning.

6. Learn various visual methods of presenting knowledge and conveying understanding

7. Grapple with the concept of post humanism

In my roaming around cyberspace, I came upon the course work of previous E learning and digital culture students. Granted their course was 10 weeks long, but if what some of them produced is an example of what is expected in this course…. well I’m not sure I have what it takes.  just Google E-learning and digital cultures 2011 and see what I mean.

Another tidbit gleaned from my wanderings is…..drum roll please…  I now know what TED stands for..

Technology Entertainment Design, an organization devoted to Ideas worth spreading

or Think, Exchange, Debate

I’m always happy when I learn something new, even if everyone else knew about it long before I did.  Other reasons I’m happy…

I am happy to have formed new connections,happy to be using new platforms and experience different social media, happy to find new ways to engage learners, however, all these happy feelings are overshadowed by this most important hope……

Here’s hoping that I “got what it takes”

What will I accomplish?

I just read Laurie’s blog http://lsniestrath.wordpress.com/ the second time. I am amazed at all she accomplishes. She states “The most powerful transformation in me will be the shift from one of consumer of information to creation of content. Then it hit me … THAT is exactly what I hope to accomplish from taking the course E-Learning and Digital Cultures. My brain is overflowing with new information. Digesting these concepts and utilizing all the applications should culminate in creation. At this point, my lazy side shows up. Plug me in like they did to Neo in The Matrix. I don’t care about Karate, but I sure would like to be an expert video maker. I’m hoping to create something visual that will help the struggling readers in my class. Some of them already use ipads at school to play games that reinforce reading skills. I was thinking of creating a video using familiar tunes to teach sight words. I don’t have the skills to do that yet, but I will.