As I settle into my new retirement/flex time groove, I am dedicating more time to reading, listening and learning from blogs, podcasts and video channels as I find tuning in “on the ground” to learn and reflect with people who openly share really rewarding.
The great find this week was a CBC podcast titled “The Dangers of an Insular Web”. The podcast digs into some important challenges of curating information in a personalized way in our digital online society. Without giving away the details of the interesting panel discussion, if these elements of digital communications tickle your interest, then this podcast is for you.
participatory internet culture
impact of smart phones and apps, power of geo location to personalize info
triangulation: tech companies, data, personal use/habits
triangulation: AI, algorithms, full user control and
personalizing is a dual edged sword
Whether you are a heavy digital communicator, new to this arena or perhaps a teacher considering media literacies, I am sure you will find this podcast raises your awareness and stimulates your thinking.
Live link to the CBC podcast: Screened Off: The dangers of an insular web
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I often listen to the morning CBC KW broadcast hosted by Craig Norris on the way into work. Recently Craig had a piece on the show about an app called Yik Yak that caught my attention.
Wikipedia describes Yik Yak as an app that “allows people to anonymously create and view “Yaks” within a 10 mile radius …. for sharing primarily with those in close proximity to the user, potentially making it more intimate and relevant for people reading the posts. All users have the ability to contribute to the stream by writing, responding, and liking or disliking yaks.” Read more detail [here] .
Image from http://services.flikie.com/
Hmmm … location based, anonymous, instant messaging … It doesn’t take much pondering to recognize the huge potential for misuse.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Each of us has choices to make, personal responsibility and accountability for our actions. One could choose to share positive thoughts, ideas, comments, compliments etc. through this type of service. Why not?
What choice would you make when using this service?
At this point in my life I find myself with one university graduate and one in first year and on the way. It has certainly been a long time since I attended an elementary school meet the teacher night.
In a recent summer conversation with WRDSB teacher Alison Bullock, my interest in the parent aspect of school year startup was rekindled. Alison was enthusiastically sharing about her plans to provide parents attending with a fast paced “tech slam” – a quick tour through many of the different online services students would be using in their learning journey with her. I approached Alison about attending meet the teacher night, and I was thrilled that she readily agreed.
On parent night evening, I arrived at portable 4 to find an energized room of parents and students. Students were eagerly leading parents to their seating area.
On the top of each desk was a QR Code that linked to a personalized welcome video for each parent. Students were visibly excited to show their parent(s) how to access the video and have them watch it.
Now it was time for the tech slam.
Wow – actioned packed, filled with key learning statements and clearly highlighted the connected learner robust technology enabled approach to be used in the classroom.
Casual conversation with parents afterwords showed excitement and interest about the approach to learning their child would participate in.
If I had elementary school aged children, this is the type of classroom learning experience I would want them to have.