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 happened to catch a rebroadcast of the December 27th 2015 Cross Country Canada radio show and was intrigued by the topic – “Has the wisdom of older people become sidelined in the age of Google and YouTube?”
I found the commentary from the various participants very insightful and wide ranging. Some users talked about relationships, comparing face to face ( F2F) to phone, F2F to video call (skype, facetime, GHO etc.), F2F to email – well, you get the picture. Other comments focused more on the knowledge transfer aspect of the discussion.
One could easily argue that with all of the fantastic audio and video recording tools available now, online storage and search capabilities we have the best opportunity ever in history to capture and publish and share knowledge, perspectives and stories from generation to generation. Perhaps we simply need to be more thoughtful about going about this process of handing down knowledge.
I couldn’t help but wonder about making some more intentional connections to school systems here. What role might students play in making connections with the senior members of society, building relationships and capturing their knowledge and stories for future generations to explore?
As summer winds down and the sunset times are getting notably earlier, the start of a fresh school year is almost upon us. Generally, I sense a focus on anticipation for what will unfold, but within this notion, I find myself zeroing in on what will be different, what opportunities will come into play and how to bring change into effect.
I look forward to my continued work with Donna Fry on the OSSEMOOC project where we focus efforts on connected leadership and the importance of Now and NEXT. I have set a personal and group ‘NEXT’ for 2015/16 and thought I would share them in different formats to illustrate that there are many approaches to creating your online voice.
There are many good fits for podcasting in the curriculum. Podcasts and vodcasts may be used for presenting poetry, non fictional writing/reports, interviews, story telling, cumulative work, audio note taking (idea generating, debating etc.), book reports, lesson recaps, homework assignments and reading aloud (second language learners).
Podcasting is a great learning tool because it is easily adaptable to many curriculum settings and learner age levels. Podcasts can be easily created with standard computer equipment so success is not based on extra funding.
The Podcast Collection by Judy Scharf, hosted on the Curriki website, provides a good set of resources that covers:
what is a podcast
benefits of podcasting
practical tips for creating successful podcasts (‘road’ tested with a real class!)