Today’s blog is going to be a focus on some conversations we’ve been having in my EdTech 300 class as well as a presentation by anthropologist, Michael Wesch about YouTube and the progression of technology in the past 60 years.
I always find it extremely interesting to learn about the history of technology and how it affects us as human beings. Technology is an extremely fast moving machine that I don’t think will ever slow down... it seems as though everything is shared online now whether we like it or not. Technology and the communities we build online are also changing the way we interact with each other. In the video I watched, Michael Wesch talked about the idea of a participatory society, where people follow other people and participate in whatever they are doing or participate in whatever happens to be popular at the time.
The biggest take away I have from our conversations and this video are that we are increasingly individual but with that we are craving community and relationships more and more. He also talked about how there are more negatives to these online communities and one of that Michael said was: “anonymity + physical distance + rate & ephemeral dialogue = hatred as public performance”. I do agree that this is true, but I also see these online communities as a positive thing. He went on to add that it can also be a place where people have “humanity without fear or anxiety” and their followers know exactly who they are and have no judgement.
We also talked in class about how much technology can affect us as people and how we tend to follow trends just like Michael Wesch mentioned. We discussed the phenomenon of memes and what those have done to our society.
In general, for my future classroom and schools in general, knowing how to manage our online footprint and appropriate behaviour is extremely important. Students will need help to navigate the complexities of the internet and technology and how we can safely use it. Not only this, but how to use it for good and to help us out in our every day lives.
I think it’s important to discuss the fact that we live in a networked, technological and participatory world with our students and learn together about how we can use that.
I look forward to learning more about technology in the classroom through this course as well as for my future classrooms so that I can implement everything I am learning and discussing.