Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Reading Response: Videos + Web 2.0

The Machine is Us/ing Us

The video overviews the changes that have taken place through the development of technology and how these will continue to shape critical issues such as rhetoric, privacy, politics, etc. Through the separation of form and content, everyone is allowed easy access to information and contribution. This allows a flexibility that encourages contribution from anyone which produces a new, accessible community that learns directly from the user. Based on this, issues of identity, ethics, and commerce as well as personal aspects of a culture such as love and family are inevitably being altered.

Henry Jenkins on Transmedia

Jenkins reviews the shift between the traditional media sources and asks how to cross platforms in a participatory society. Through this easy access of information, the methods of gathering and responding to information changes. Because we (the users) take control over the media a"convergence culture" is developed. This is where all information is available in every media channel and is directly shaped by each individual. Transmedia information appears on each platform that functions according to what it does best (i.e. the Obama campaign). Further development of this allows contribution from anyone and has the ability to affect and influence as much, if not more, than other forms such as the entertainment industry.

Changing Education Paradigms

This video covers problematic issues found within the necessary reform of public education. Sir Ken Robinson questions how we prepare for the future of the economy when we do not know where it will be as well as maintain a cultural identity while globalization is increasingly taking place. This requires a change in the system of education based not on previous models, but the development of new methods that respond to our present society and technology. The issue of ADHD is particularly interesting as it becomes a large frustration involved with public education and the process of learning. In that, Robinson argues that desensitizing children under the umbrella of ADHD encourages a non-aesthetic that many have become accustomed. This, in turn, affects the ability to learn and produce ideas (But not just any ideas, substantial ideas). This is divergent thinking, the production of valuable ideas with many possible answers to a particular question. Adjusting to encourage this should be a change in the system of public education based on resources and individuals.

Interest-Driven Learning

There are multiple methods of social opportunities and expression that has been made available through technology and social media. She argues that the more informal venues for learning and gathering information should be incorporated into a new approach of public education. With that, she states that this opens up a new palette of learning opportunities that should be embraced and applied to teaching basic skills.

Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World

The disconnect between learning information and sharing information becomes increasingly apparent as the current system of education recognizes the need to incorporate media as an necessary component of their curriculum. This encourages and adapts to current methods of communication (that are actually used by kids) and allows for constructive use and application.

The Seven Types of Intelligence

Education should help children become what they were supposed to be (not what others are good at or what others are not good at). Knowing which type of intelligence a child falls under helps a parent/teacher/mentor to develop and encourage growth that is specific to the individual child. Although this direct education could present problems as it is refined into a public system, the benefits of this could develop an increasingly collaborative and efficient society where each functions on individual strengths. (Hm, crowdsourcing?)

Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On

Web 2.0 was created as a platform to respond to the growth and change that occurs in the endless opportunity of user contributions and shared information on the web. (i.e. harassing collective intelligence) This includes methods of crowdsourcing where a collective group of people increase the value of a certain subject more so than individual participants. These direct the users to certain platforms. Search engines rank input and direct the user to a predicted result. These are based on variables such as search terms, the number of user clicks on search results, and personal search and browsing history. Meaning continues to be taught to the computer by recognizing and structuring the data it is given. Tools like smartphones have adapted and developed this even further with features such as face recognition, Wikitude, Layar, and Darkslide. This same principle can be applied not only to the web, but also to other structures such as politics and commerce. I won't pretend to know exactly how web 2.0 works but I am excited about the possibilities of it!

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