Required Post – reflect on our changed world and the new culture of participation as described in lecture and by Wesch – what does this mean for your future classroom? What does it mean for schools in general? As I asked in lecture, “How do we capture the spirit of open, networked & participatory communities in our learning environments?”
Everywhere you look, every person you see, every aspect of your day is connected to technology. It is everywhere, and intertwined with every aspect of our lives. Technology is equal parts innovating and fantastic, as it is terrifying and intrusive. Technology pulls our society forward towards new things but we also lose old parts of society as we climb, some of these parts, perhaps we should have held on to a little harder.
I place myself in an interesting sect of technology web. I grew up almost 50/50. With half of my life not really using technology and half of my life, using technology daily. This position places me in a space where I can see both the benefits and the hardships. The video we watched makes an interesting point because this man posted a video he meant for 100 people to see and ended up being viewed by millions. He placed it on the world wide web and watched it take off. How often do we place things on the world wide web and not intend for many people to see them? I know myself I would have a few choice words for my 16 year old self about over sharing on twitter and that probably I could have done without tweeting lil wane lyrics once a week. I think this serves as a good lesson to both myself as a citizen and as a educator that is good to be cautious of what we post, especially to sites such as youtube.
In classrooms we are bound to see online trends like bottle flipping, dabbing, Charlie bit my finger to name a few. In my time in the classroom I have seen students are obsessed with youtube, children as young as 6 are watching videos constantly. I think we should harness that interest and have our learners creating their own videos to explain topics and ideas they learn. Adobe Spark is a great program that is very user friendly. I am wary of posting these videos because like I said and like we saw, you never know what’s going to take off!