Social or anti-social?

Like Helena, and many others it seems, I managed to get 100% incorrect…for the first time ever. I guess I didn’t give myself enough time to think through my answer.

Well, for me, if you have to be on your phone socialising with others when you have people physically with you, then you shouldn’t be with the people you are physically with. When in the company of others, it comes down to matter of courtesy. Why bother physically hanging out with friends, if you can’t be bothered to actually communicate with them?

I guess the question should be adjusted to suit the scenario. Should the question be reframed?

Is it rude to be socialising with others digitally, when you are with “real, live” people?

I don’t know…there are so many factors that can be addressed when looking at scenarios as to why people socialise face to face, or choose to use digital interactions to fill their needs. What I do believe is that using the “old” photo of the people on the train reading the papers and not communicating with each other, is no different to riding the train today. Being social doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to interact with anyone and everyone. For a lot of my friends who commute, that is the only time where they get to be alone with their thoughts as they spend hours every week on a train or bus. Their isolation ends when they walk through their front door to be with their families and play with their kids.

In her post, Jacqueline raised some great points about how, through ICT, she has expanded her network of friends globally. That is something that many years ago, was far more difficult to achieve.

Just recently, my son had his birthday party. Through the use of FaceTime, he was able to see his cousins and share the cutting of the cake with them even though they were on the other side of the world. We were able to project them onto a large screen so although they weren’t with us physically, they could still interact with others who were able to attend physically.

The week that was…part 2.

Copyright…wow…what a topic?  It seems that it is nearly too hard to use anything made by someone else.  That does makes it more difficult for a less than creative person such as myself.  However, simply by tuning into the zoom meeting, I have found out about creative commons.  Since starting my degree in 2014, I had often heard, or read, about people using Creative Commons “stuff” in their assignments.  It was something I thought I could get away with not bothering to learn about or even to find out what it meant.  Apparently, I was wrong.  While the process of looking “stuff” isn’t quite as simple as a Google search anymore, I certainly appreciate that it is one way I can avoid possible litigation against me from owners of work.  As Jackie Brown says in her post, most of us know the symbol, but many, including myself, didn’t really understand the true meaning.  Adding to this, I was shocked that the absence of the copyright symbol doesn’t matter according to Australian Laws.

Susan’s experience, as written in her post, is something I definitely want to avoid.  Just as putting your heart and soul into a work, then being told you can’t use it, would not be a good experience, so to would be coming up with an original idea, then finding that other people have been sharing it without acknowledgement of your hard work and efforts.

The week that was…

Well, after spending far too long creating a concept map for my somewhere; the final product of which I am less than happy with; using ICTs instead of just drawing it and scanning it in a much shorter time, I have finally got to writing another blog post.  Clearly, I am not alone in my frustration with this seemingly simple task, yet my patience was pretty much non-existent.  It seems, among others, Susan and Charlotte both found the experience to not be their favourite thing to do.  Never mind, that is another learning experience ticked off with some small, and some larger lessons learned.

To further explain my somewhere, as my concept map probably needs refining, it is a Year 6 classroom with 24 students of mixed ability.  While the classroom itself only has four computers, the school has a couple of computer rooms available and each class has a minimum booking of 40 minutes per week.  It is then up to each individual classroom teacher to make a booking on behalf of their class to use the computers at any other time.  It seems that this arrangement, while most likely due to the budget constraints of a small school in a low socio-economic location, is the best the school can provide.  So how can the teachers best make use of this situation to ensure that their students get more than the bare minimum of exposure to ICT use in the classroom?

In this situation, are ICTs being used as a tool for transformation and innovation in education, or merely as a modern substitute to deliver learning material and experiences on another platform? (Kirschner & Wopereis, 2003, as cited by Jones, 2016).

As this will be a return placement, I witnessed during my first PE at the site, that the ICT equipment was predominantly used to allow students to access Maths and English programs that could be tailored to their own level.  For example, Mathletics, is used by that teacher to allow her students to consolidate knowledge learned during a normal classroom maths lesson.  That particular teacher has ensured that students are able to access problems that allow them success, while also providing them with an opportunity to move up the scale, however, this is just another example of delivering material on another platform.

I look forward to my next placement, with my Year 6 class, as the site coordinator has informed me that the students will be creating stop motion animations using new software purchased specifically for the task allowing them to demonstrate transformation and innovation through their own creations.

Reference

Kirschner, P., & Wopereis, I. G. J. H. (2003). Mindtools for teacher communities: a European perspective. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 12(1), 105–124. doi:10.1080/14759390300200148

ICTs at Uni

For me, studying online was to be the ultimate experience, not to mention, a great convenience.  Learning from the comfort of my own recliner, without the hassles of fighting traffic, parking and any other issues encountered in on-campus study.  I found the the thought of being able to access information through an online library search rather than actually looking through shelves of journals and books very appealing.

Isn’t technology grand?

As David wrote somewhere in the Week 1 Learning Path, “most of the resources are lecture slides, perhaps with some recordings, and tutorial sheets.”   This is a fairly interactive way to learn…but… then the along come the courses where the assignments involve making videos, or slideshow presentations, or animations.  Where are the researched, written papers?  They are much more within my comfort zone than having to learn how to master software to produce a high quality presentation. Just when I think I have a handle on the type of ICT that I will need to use, along comes EDC3100.

First EVER blog post

Who am I?

Hi, my name is Paul.  I’m over the halfway mark of my BEDU Primary course.  I have been an online student since I commenced the course in January 2014.  I guess I would have to identify as a mature age student, having spent many years running my own carpentry business in Brisbane.  After several moves with my wife in the teacher transfer process, with me working as a teacher aide in both the primary and secondary sectors, I am currently enjoying being a stay at home dad with my 1 year old while also trying to complete the remaining subjects in my degree.

Where is my Blog?

Well….It is here of course 😉

My relationship with ICT

My relationship with ICT began with the Commodore 64, plugged into a 34 cm television, and spending hours loading games from a cassette…yes… a cassette… only for an error to occur or for something else to happen which would mean starting again.  One thing I did learn as a child with a Commodore 64 was patience.

I have always tried to embrace advancements in technology as they have come along (cash permitting of course), especially working in the building industry, and have come to appreciate how handy a lot of devices, their software and their functions can be.  I guess one of the things I have found difficult is learning the language/lingo that goes with a lot of these things.

One of the more useful ICTs I have used over the years, was my first ever netbook, which was just powerful enough to run my invoicing software and a portable printer for producing on the spot invoices for small jobs.

The image (link below) represents how I usually feel when dealing with ICT issues…Isolated… with a whole lot of issues getting over the obstacle.

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