I feel like I’m constantly learning new things everyday. I’ve always felt like I was pretty tech savvy until I started this course. There’s so much in the digital world that I didn’t know about! I never really have given much thought about how we’re actually consuming our media content. The way we communicate, present ourselves, navigate online have all been the myriad of things I’ve learned so far in this class.
So far I’ve really enjoyed the readings, videos and discussions we’ve had so far. I’m fascinated by the connections people create online. The youtube vialogue we watched last week was eye-opening. It really shows us how people can connect, share and put themselves out there. The power of reaching millions of people and connecting so much creativity is so awesome!
I’ve also been thinking alot about the relationships between user and online advertisers. The Eli Pariser Ted talk we watched in class about how everyone’s online experience and what they see is catered to what they’re interested in is also incredibly fascinating. I never realized how vulnerable we can be when we put all this information about ourselves on the web. Who we are, how we use platforms and navigate ourselves online is all out in the open for advertisers and corporations. It’s terrifying to think that there is always someone watching our every move. These algorithms created to make our online experiences “easier” may actually not be in our best interests because it creates “filter bubbles”. Just take a look at the division our country is in to realize that this can be a huge problem.
I’m excited to learn more and be digitally aware…
This quarter and this class flew by so quickly! I can’t believe this class is coming to an end. I feel like I’m just warming up! When I first started this course, I felt a bit overwhelmed with all the media content we were responsible for. With the tweeting, blogging, curating, weekly plays, etc it seemed alot! After a few weeks, these things started to come more easily. I was finding my voice and the content I was sharing became less and less forced. It became natural and organic.
I really enjoyed doing my mediated writing project. I initially thought I would struggle and have a hard time putting it all together but it really came along quite smoothly. I think the adobe spark program was very straight forward and easy to use. The hardest part for me was finding all those pictures! I had been inspired from Jayme sharing her spark story of her art history past. With the Oscars on that weekend and also thinking about the remix readings we had on hollywood, I felt inspired to write about and tell my acting story. I had never shared my acting experiences so it was such a fun project to re-visit that. I felt like this was my story to tell. If I had not made it, it might have never been told. It reminded me alot about the Pinpoint interactive story we read about. This town literally disappeared and it only lived on because of the people who documented their experiences. Without the memories and documentation, Pinpoint would’ve been forever lost and forgotten. I shared this project with my family, co-worker and friends and they all loved it. Some were so surprised and had no idea I was an actor. I think the adobe spark was the perfect program to tell this kind of story. It wasn’t too complicated and the content itself was very straight forward. I was very happy with how it came out.
For my PechaKucha I used google slides. I have never used google slides before so it took some time to getting use to. After I had the format and outline, it became alot easier. I was a bit confused in how to save it since I don’t use google docs very often. I also had some trouble setting the timer for each slide to 20 seconds. The only options that were available were 15 or 30. In my Pechakucha I presented my introduction to technology, my resistance, my acceptance, what I have learned and finally how I will move forward as a digital learner. It was a fun project to do. I learned alot about myself and how I want to be.
Creating “Digital Citizens” also got me thinking deeply about what our objectives should be as digital learners. It’s often overlooked but so vital for people, especially young children to have and learn. It’s so important to be conscious of who we are when we represent ourselves, interact and connect with others. Having integrity is something everyone should strive for not only in their own lives but also in their digital lives. I think as we grow and learn we must constantly push ourselves in always being mindful in how we communicate. As an educator, we must allow students to find their voice and become good digital citizens. I really loved this diagram in our reading. So important as we look forward to the future and for the new generation of digital learners.
Overall, I’m interested in what the digital future may bring into education. The online interactive games and simulations can be solutions to a growing number of apathetic and disengaged youth. It can possibly also be a great tool for our special ed and ELL learners. I’ve mentioned it before but what really fascinates me is what the future may become. I think as David Bowie stated in one of my curation posts, we are “just beginning to scratch the surface”. I believe there are still limitless possibilities in the innovation of how we connect and communicate. I started this course with some resentment in how people, including myself, have consumed media. I now feel differently. I think we can all continue to grow and learn as people and as digital learners. It’s really all up to us and how we connect with one another.