This week, we were tasked with watching a video on YouTube called, "An anthropological introduction to YouTube" by Michael Wesch. I found this video to be extremely interesting as I grew up with technology - it was not as developed as it is today, but ever since I was born, technology has been present. I struggle to think of a time before the internet now, it seems like it has been around forever. It is interesting to take a look back at how it all started and the how and why behind YouTube's success. I It was to learn about participant observation. Some people may follow a trend simply for the fun of it, but others follow it and remake videos in order to immerse themselves in the experience. By actually participating in it, they are studying the culture in a much more intense way.
Our world is constantly changing with no sign of it slowing down anytime soon - it is terrifying to think what the world might be like in fifty years. Like he said, YouTube started with one video and now there are billions of them and they keep coming. Everyone wants to belong to the culture and you can't blame them when we live in such a technological and digital world. People participate in trends because it allows them to be part of the culture and also allows them to express themselves. Like Wesch had said in the video, a lot of people who make vlogs use it as a reflective period for them. Not only for others to watch, but also for the creator to look back on. When you are talking to the camera, it dies not seem as big or as real. Once it is posted, you have now opened yourself to possibly billions of people. It is crazy the amount of power the internet has. One of my favourite quotes he said in his video was "At once the most private space (bedroom, etc.), it is, also, quite possibly the most public space on the planet" (Wesch). That quote stuck with me because it is so true, but also something that is easily looked over. So many people post daily without putting much thought into what they are releasing to the world forever. And when you post, you are showing that portion of yourself to anyone who is willing to watch which is possibly anyone with access to the internet.
In all honesty, I am a little afraid for mu future classroom. I think there are a lot of advantages to technology and having students create their own digital citizenship is important and it is crucial that students understand how to use and be on the internet in a safe manner. There are so many opportunities when technology and the internet is involved. The reason that it scares me is because students and people in general are getting so accustomed to technology that it is like a second nature to them now. The internet holds a world that you can control with the click of a mouse: a world where you can be whoever you want to or say whatever you feel with no consequences. Like the video talked about, people will comment ruthlessly on videos for no reason other than to hurt people because they know they are anonymous. It is scary to think about students entering my class who have been raised with a cellphone in their hand because they are born into technology and inherit both the advantages and the consequences of it.
Schools may one day become obsolete and everyone will take online classes - I really hope not! Students are spending so much time online and life is becoming digital in general: so many places refuse to take physical copies or applications or resumes, you can shop and order online, research EVERYTHING online. Libraries, schools and classrooms might be a thing of the past in a hundred years. Students are learning to participate online and become a member of online society from a very young age, Watching my six-year old cousin walking around with her very own IPhone terrifies me. I was 15 when I got my first phone so it boggles my mind how fast the world has become digital.
In our class discussion we talked about how our world is a digital environment. It seems as there is so much happening online - in our chat we had gotten a little sidetracked with memes, but many valid points about how easy things get out of hand or how fast things change. It is crazy that every day or two there is a new viral meme going around. The world is constantly changing and it is an exciting and possibly terrifying place to be. Only time will tell how technology and education grow and develop.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the digital world and whether you are excited about it or terrified!
Now just for fun, here are some pictures of some memes:
I just finished (or maybe a better word is survived) my first Twitter Chat with #CTEChat (Career/Tech). The last question posed was to provide one word on our experience and mine summed it all up nicely: enlightening. To be honest, it was an intimidating process. All of the other participants were very kind and supportive, but as a first timer, it is daunting. During the experience, I was constantly thinking about what to say, what to comment or how to answer a question. I think my hesitation came from my lack of knowledge on chats. I felt like I needed to always say something important and interesting to relate and have conversations with these people who are more experience than me. I think Twitter Chats are meant to be worked on. Talking to strangers about on-the-spot questions is scary, but once you ease yourself into it and practice it, I'm sure it will be more comfortable. In general, Twitter is still somewhat of a mystery to me so I am slowly moving through it and figuring things out.
Although, I found Twitter Deck to be quite helpful, it still was a crazy experience with columns constantly moving and changing with new updated tweets - that will take some getting used to!
It was very cool to hear what another educators from around the world had to say. It was nice to get some new ideas and new knowledge. One of the participants introduced me to Wakelet. I have not had very much time to roam around in it, but so far it looks pretty useful and interesting. It is a way of creating a collection of pretty much whatever you want: articles, videos, tweets, etc. Anyways, I'm still trying to figure it all out, but so far it looks like a great resource.
My number one take-away from this experience is that sometimes it is okay to not have an answer or to simply say "I do not know". It seems like an embarrassing statement to make, but I find that the other participants want to help you understand or gain knowledge in any way they can (well what do you expect when they are mostly all educators!). It is okay to not know what to say and instead just read the other responses or comment - you do not always have to have a response or an opinion as sometimes you just need more time or information to fully wrap your brain around it.
Hello everyone! This week, I created an account with Feedly.com. I was a little skeptical of how I would feel about this app as it seemed harder to work than I wanted. After getting started, I realized that it is so simple and useful in the life of a teacher. I followed many educational accounts which provided articles on experiences, resources, tips and so much more.
I also created a second feed called "#English" as that is my major and finding resources and support in that subject area is extremely important to me. While choosing which accounts to follow, I was trying to follow the ones that I thought would be able to benefit me with the areas I struggle. Classroom management is always an ongoing struggle so I followed a few based on the articles they posted about that. One of the key topics I was searching for was technology in the classroom, which is also why I am taking this class. I love to put on PowerPoints or videos in the classroom, but I'm quite lame when it comes to how much more I could be doing. My goal through this class and through Feedly now is to find fun and engaging ways to incorporate technology into the classroom without taking away from the actual lesson.
I love Feedly so far - I'm interested in poking around a little more and maybe discovering some new accounts or features on the app itself. Either way, this app is my best friend for finding and sharing resources! Here is a picture of my feed board right now in case you want to check out any of the accounts that I follow:
Hello readers! This is my first time blogging in a long time so please bear with me!
My name is Hillary Mercier and I was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK and moved to Regina to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher. I am a fourth-year student studying Education at the University of Regina. My major is English and my minor is French. I've always had a passion for language and literature which is the main reason I have chosen my major and my minor. In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing (which would justify my major), spending time with my family and friends, running (or at least I am TRYING to enjoy it) and travelling.
This is my first time taking an Education Technology class which makes me a little nervous. Although I am in the generation of technology, my skills do not compare to lots of my peers. I'm a traditional person when it comes to teaching English - I like paper/physical copies of books and notes. So honestly blogging and creating online portfolios is not my forte. That is one of the reasons I chose to take EDTC 300. I know the world is constantly changing and my future students will be masters at technology so I have to keep up and learn along with them.
It was interesting comparing my high school experience to the one I witnessed and helped provide during internship. When I was in high school, technology was used quite often, but not nearly as much as it is used today. During internship, I was asked to create my own website (click here if you want to check it out) and upload assignments and notes for students to access. Not only that, but all students had access to my email, all day, everyday. This all took me by surprise because I realised how connected me and my students were at all times. Those types of opportunities are awesome for the student, but generally pretty new to the education scene as now educators are trying to keep students connected to school even when they are not in it. So far, it has been an interesting new experience and I'm sure there is still so much to come and learn from during this semester and during my career as technology continues to change.
Throughout the semester I will tweeting on Twitter as well so feel free to follow my account and join the many conversations to come. You can find me on twitter by using this handle: @MissHMercier
Thanks for reading!