Dec 04

(An Unnecessary) Digital Tomorrow #edcmooc

It is amazing how much technology has advanced in the last couple of decades.  However, as depicted in the video, A Digital Tomorrow, it will probably continue to have limitations in the future.  In the video, the car did not immediately recognize the woman’s eyes, and she had to put on makeup in order to start it. Continue reading
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Nov 13

Resistance is futile. Or is it? #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

It’s Week Two of EDCMOOC and we’ve been asked to think about future visions of technology and education, exploring how utopian and dystopian stories are shaping our understanding of what is happening in the sphere of e-learning. We’ve also been asked to focus on the underlying, and in many cases, explicit, ‘metaphors’ that are used when talking about the impact of e-learning on traditional education, on human beings, and on society, looking again for examples of technological determinism and the like. There’s so much to unpack here that I’m not sure where to start, but here’s my take:

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Nov 10

#edcmooc Take Two,

So after a horrendous day I came home and started on the first weeks course materials watching the intro and then the  first two movies, if I wasn’t depressed before I sat down I certainly was by the end of the first movie… For me it pointed to all that is wrong with our world and our interactions with technology where people now are slaves to their phones and IPads, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I find that city people are the worst they live closest together geographically and you would think they would want a little space, but you trying having a coffee with a city person and they are bound to take at least one phone call or text, if not more,  while they are with you…. Continue reading

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Nov 09

Online Quest#edcmooc

So I have signed up for my first Coursera online mooc, I have done a couple through Edx so I am not completely unfamiliar with online learning, however I am still a newbie with digital platform this and digital platform that, which is why I signed up for this unit;  I want to understand this brave new world and mine information out of it to build a better library  in our small rural community.

I like technology as a tool I don’t want to spend hours playing with it I simply want to understand it, use it and walk away, trouble is  I learn best through immersion methods which means to start with I do have to spend a fair junk of time with something before I can swing it, not a big deal for one new idea or device , however IT is constantly growing, like the “1950’s Blob” where do you draw the line???????? Continue reading

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Nov 06

Newmedia

Wow – scary. Technology has taken over and man does not seem to know or care. Man is listening to some form of entertainment while the technology invades space with no respect for beauty, architecture or other items. Continue reading

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Nov 06

Getting started at #edcmooc

Very excited to join my first MOOC and trying to figure out where to go and what to read/see to have the best possible experience. I love content – usually the more the better – so my biggest challenge will probably be to align the time I have with all the stuff that exists out there.

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Nov 06

A utopian view of education from 1977… #edcmooc

Christopher Alexander is an architect and his manifesto is a 3-part series that focuses on patterns. These patterns form the basis for individuals, not experts, to design healthy communities and homes. I requested book 2, A Pattern Language sometime ago from the Sacramento library. Continue reading

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Feb 26

Planning my Artefact #EDCMooc

When creating something its good to storyboard out what you are planning to do.  I wouldn’t normally post what is in effect my brainstorming, but the EDCMooc is about the process as well as the finished product so below is the notes I made when making my artifact (yes its messy and yes it wont make much sense to you – but when I do post the artifact it will make (some) sense)

So all the reading and watching is done, time to start making my Artefact. Continue reading

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Feb 16

#EdcMooc Being human…being fragile.

FragileEarth (2)

Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister of Russia and former ambassador to Nato, called for an international initiative to create a warning system for “objects of an alien origin” today when more than 500 people were injured by a meteorite shower.  The impact, in the Russian town of  Chelyabinst furthermore caused windows to break, damaged buildings and caused panic as mobile networks overloaded. Continue reading

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Feb 10

#EDCmooc – ponderings “Technology” is a force multiplier and a cost reducer

A lot of the reading for week one got me thinking about what is “Technology” or a particular bit of technology.  Jesse B posted a link to a good article on cyborg humans and then followed it up with a post “We Are Already Cyborgs: How should we feel about that? #EDCMOOC

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Feb 05

When is text not text?

For some time now I have worked at the intersection of e-learning and presentation design, two roads that travel together and intersect at frequent junctions. I have spent countless hours trying to wrestle bullet points away from presenters who felt they had to have them on their slides. Today while reading through the article Converting Classroom Training to Virtual Instruction: Some Tips I can across the following tip:

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Feb 03

#edcmooc Hanging out in the Mooc

In last night’s Hangout of the Mooc  one thing sticks to my mind in particular: some students were eager to know all about the final assignment. Hamish Macleod commented on that and explained that the assignment was kept deliberately vague in order not to limit your creativity. And he advised  keeping the assessment  criteria in mind while designing the digital artefact. Continue reading

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