Feb 27

#edcmooc digital artefact

Here is my final assignment for the E-learning and Digital Cultures mooc.  Initial inspiration came from one of the twitter-chat questions: “Do you consider your digital identity a separate self or is it identical to your real-world self?” This inspired me to make my artefact in Second Life using Machinima techniques. Continue reading

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Feb 25

Transhumanism #edcmooc

The only thing I don’t like about this MOOC is that I don’t have time to do everything as I would like to! :( But it seems everyone else is on the same boat, so let’s go…

This week I was able to read all the texts, this was something positive. Continue reading

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Feb 18

My really late week 3 at #edcmooc

I read other articles and did more things for week two than what is shown here, but it is actually on purpose, because the resources from that week gave me some ideas for my final activity. :)

This week, the main questioning is: “what does it mean to be human within a digital culture, and what does that mean for education? Continue reading

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Feb 10

#edcmooc E-learning and Digital Cultures Week 2

The first two video advertisements from Corning and Microsoft envision a future world where quality of life is enhanced by the use of embedded and transparent technologies. In both videos, the internet of things has become ubiquitous. The communications devices the people use are able to communicate with one another, triggered by simple hand gestures. Continue reading

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Feb 05

Calvin and Hobbes on education and technology – #edcmooc

I’ve shared these comic strips in the #edcmooc course facebook page and thought of sharing them here too. Education is a very recurrent matter in C&H comic strips and with the help of a very interestng search tool - http://michaelyingling.com/random/calvin_and_hobbes/, I found these three ones below. Continue reading

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Feb 03

#edcmooc Misgivings and Thanksgivings

I share some of the concerns Steve Krause and Alex Reid have expressed about the five-week E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC offered by the University of Edinburgh in which more that 41,000 people are participating. Alex notes the reductive ways in which the introductory readings are framed, pointing out that the engagement with “Prensky’s digital immigrants and digital natives” terminology “is an unproductive and even damaging perspective” but observing that “as with the utopian/dystopian discourse, perhaps the concept is to move people away from these positions.” I’m with him there, and I’ll add that this is a strategy many of us have used in our own teaching: to begin from a perhaps obvious and engaging perspective and then to gradually complicate matters. Continue reading

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Feb 03

Do I need a passport? #edcmooc

Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.

I have heard the term, ‘Digital Natives’ before and I went along with the speaker who was saying that, “These children are digital natives,” and I thought that this generation of young learners were so lucky. Continue reading

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Feb 03

Looking to the past

First week of the eLearning & Digital Cultures Mooc (#edcmooc) focuses on utopic-dystopic visions on technology by taking a look at the past. So let’s take quite a few steps back. It’s well known that Plato was not a big fan of writing because he thought this technology would make it harder to really get [… Continue reading

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Feb 03

#edcmooc Digital cultures – Utopia and dystopia – School children’s perspective

21st century children are continuously exposed to online games, the Internet, tablets, smart phones, the movie, television….. Most children spend a large chunk of their time using and participating in these technological activities. Today’s children are born and raised in this digital era. Continue reading

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