Technology in Art And Education
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Applying and Integrating Media and Technology for Learning in a Traditional or Post Modern Classroom.
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Networked Norms: How Tech Startups and Teen Practices Challenge Organizational Boundaries | danah boyd

"And so my question to you is simple: are you preparing learners for the organizational ecosystem of today? Or are you helping them develop networks so that they're prepared for the organizational shifts that are coming?"

Via Peter B. Sloep
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:


Peter B. Sloep's insight stated in this follows my own observations. I would add that if we fail to adapt to adjust and include this new openness and allow it to evolve we also risk losing some of our brightest and most passionate young people like Aaron Swartz. They may not end like Aaron did but instead by shutting down their creativity and melting into conformity and that would be a major loss to the future of learning and to mankind. It seems the older generations fear this new age of openness and doesn’t know what to do but to contain it and bend it to traditional old answers out of fear and confusion. It would be sad to think the older generation needs to literally disappear to allow the new one to flourish. Normally the old does embrace the new and include new ideas. This openness and ability to include so many to share knowledge is so different and so new it’s frightens those that hold the powers of knowledge and often carefully controlled who really got access to the knowledge of the world.

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 11, 2013 5:23 PM

The above quote is the conclusion from a talk danah boyd gave at a conference that was organised by the American Society for Training and Development. This is a very interesting take on why we should adopt networked learning in teaching and training. I've always argued there are two reasons why secondary school teachers cannot afford to ignore the Internet and its social networks. The first one is about the technical affordances the Internet has for learning, its instrumental value for education if you like. The second one is a pedagogical one. As a teacher, you need to know your students, what drives them, what interests them. danah boyd's story shows  there is a third reason. Our society is changing in the hands of young people and we had better adjust ourselves to those changes, in education and in the corporate world. This is how her story unfolds.


First, she takes her audience through two cultural memes she herself researched, young programmers and teenagers. She notices how young programmers, also from different companies, quite naturally share code with each other, through online means, but also by sharing open office spaces. The companies they work for have decided not anymore to try and lock these programmers within their organisational boundaries. It wouldn't work as the programmers wouldn't let them, but the collaboration also turns out to pay dividend to the companies. 


This attitude of sharing also characterises current youth culture (along with other things such as a desire to exert control and protect privacy). To them, online social networks are a means for independence, creativity and self-expression. It is not so much that they willingly ignore such constructs as copyrights, rather it does not make any sense to them.


Hierarchically structured organisations that make a strict distinction between inside and outside the company, are anathema to these young people.Their attitudes and culture, acquired through their participation in online social networks, makes them inapt to function is companies thus structured. Organisations therefore had better adapt, if they want to profit from these young people's creative insights and energy. And where else should this start if not with education and training? (@pbsloep)


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A safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.


I've tried numerous methods including Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags as ways to digitally connect with my students through emerging social media platforms.  Every method seems to have a few privacy or accessibility issues and this is no expection.  However, this I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives and has much greater privacy control than most.  I haven't tried this out yet, but next semester I hope to use this free way to text message all my students (and/or parents) without the privacy issues of sharing cell phone numbers or getting them to sign up for a new social media platform.  


Tags: training, edtech, socialmedia, GeographyEducation.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

This is an interesting possible way to connect with students or organizational members.

mkauls's comment, October 14, 2012 1:03 PM
I use this with all my classes and I would recommend it! It's simple and very easy to use and teach parents/students to sign up.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:47 PM

Great way to maintain communication.