Reflection on Pecha Kucha

A Walk Through A Slide

1. “by requiring them to post thick tweets and by encouraging them to pack multiple layers of information within 140 characters or less, i’m trying to teach my students how to craft creative, meaty, and to-the-point messages that attract other people’s attention.” (difference in thick and thin tweets, Silver)

This was my first slide, The image consisted of an iPhone, and a screen that had CNN tweets on them.

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I felt this fit my quote perfectly because these are “thick” tweets. Thick tweets are great when it comes to education, because students are not going to be as shy to click on them, than they would be on just a google search. Their mindset is, “Hey, if it is on my twitter newsfeed, then it cant be that toxic to me!” Yup, some people my age think news is toxic.

This slide played well with my four other slides because it kept with the current technology we use today!

If i could change this slide, i probably wouldve just made my thoughts more stronger and relatable, yes, everyone knows twitter, but more people use Facebook, and i think i would have made it more about that.

What I Learned About My Blog Topic

Over the past four weeks i am really glad i was matched up with these group of girls. Katie, Dana, and Hailey are all different when it comes to using technology. Katie grew up in an age where computers were a privilege and not a right. Dana HATES twitter, and Hailey is open for anything! Every reading we had read introduced us all to new ideas. Therefore pretty much all the articles/ videos would be cited in this blog, haha.

The “reading” I really found interesting though would be the Rip! Manifesto video. I was so shocked with how many things in my life are illegal, and i would not call myself a criminal by any means, but in all reality, that is what i am!

This class really opened up my eyes to a lot of things. I was introduced to many ideas, that i assumed had been around forever! But really, they just came about in the last decade. It is crazy and exciting to see how fast our world is changing and it is all due to technology.

Twitter project

For my twitter project, I followed a lot of different education sites, but my favorite account out of all of them was Great Schools. I really enjoyed this account because they seemed to be focused on having a learning community within the classrooms, like Rowan University.

With October being Anti-Bully month, the last 6 day’s posts has consisted of tweets and retweets on ways to see if your child is being bullied, or if they are the ones bullying. This is really important in today’s society because of technology. Since kids always have access to the internet, cyber-bullying has been a huge problem. Great Schools helps spread the word for signs of bullying, and i believe that is great that their twitter posts are really focused on this month’s awareness.

Great School’s following list does not surprise me. The account pretty much only follows other education sites, which only limits what they see, and that may cause a problem. But, that site is solely used for schooling and nothing else, so it is understandable. Following sites like Great School’s really opened my eyes to the passion some people have for teaching, which makes me more excited for my future as a teacher in a elementary school.

As We May Think

While reading this article, it was hard to believe Bush was thinking of these ideas in 1945! His ideas are something, we in the year 2013, are still trying to make perfect. Bush came up with the idea “Memex,” which stores ideas basically like how are mind stores ideas, but in a system of technology like a computer.

Bush wrote, “Professionally our methods of transmitting and reviewing the results of research are generations old and by now are totally inadequate for their purpose,” this is why he was so passionate about coming up with something that would be so useful for everyones future. I think Bush’s idea was one only of a genius, especially because in that day of age, computers were not even invented.

Though this idea is great, what was wrong with the old pen and paper way of remembering stuff? Why must people always want to go beyond their means, and make things more complicated. Yes, it is more convenient to just be able to type in a couple of letters, and bam! there is your answer, but what happens when it crashes? All the ideas or memories you worked so hard to save, are lost.

This is what scares me about technology. While writing this blog i am nervous some how that wordpress is going to close out, or i am going to hit a button to erase all of my writing. With pen and paper, it is hard to lose that data, unless you really tried to.

Technology just keeps advancing everyday, and we have to embrace it. It is scary to think that in 1945 Bush was coming up with this invention, I can only imagine the ideas scientists in today’s society are coming up with. Scary, scary, scary.

Twitter

About ten years ago, I was convinced by my brother to join Facebook. He said that it was this really cool social website that keeps you connected with people you don’t see all the time. He showed me how to set up an account, post pictures and status updates, and how to become “friends” with people. So I “friend requested” family members, friends, people with whom I went to school, and so on. As my “friends” list grew, I became informed as to people’s whereabouts and what they were doing. Along with that list grew my annoyance. Some friends use Facebook as a time log for their life, or the life of a child or pet, posting everything they’ve done from morning to bed. Who cares if your child woke up five minutes late? Others use vulgar, inappropriate language that, honestly, makes me think they’re stupid and uneducated. Social networks are available essentially everywhere, to everyone. This means that anyone in the world can see the ongoings of your every day life. Some employers will check Facebook and other social networking sites to see what kind of online presence a potential employee has. The drama was starting to get to me.

So, just when I think I’m ready to deactivate my Facebook account, I am informed that I need to join Twitter for a college course and establish a professional presence. I was nervous to join at first because I had always compared it to Facebook, design-wise. It took me a little while to get used to it, and now I actually like it. I use it as my professional network, while Facebook is my social network. I like that the “tweets” I read are professional and based on things going on in my college courses. Twitter is drama free for me! 

Filter Bubbles

Eli Pariser’s TED Talk, “Beware Online: Filter Bubbles” was a very interesting segment. Pariser coined the term ‘filter bubble’, which he defines as a state in which a website algorithm selectively guesses what information a user would like to see based on information about the user, such as location and past history searches. As a result, users will not have access to all information that is truly available to them. Search results are limited, therefore creating a bubble.  

I was shocked to learn that the internet filters what people are searching for. This sucks! When I search something on the internet, I want to know all options available to me, regardless of location or anything else. That’s the reason why people use search engines such as Google: to find something. Options should not be limited because of these filters. In order to reduce and ultimately eliminate filter bubbles, users need to be diverse in their internet searches.

 

Remediation

Remediation occurs when newer mediums take the place of old ones, borrowing and reforming from the previous. This process of remediation has been occurring for quite some time; since the beginning of technology, actually. Without remediation, we would not be where we are today, technologically speaking. Nor would it allow us to, presently and in the future, continue to progress to keep up with the times.

When I was younger, technology was minimal. Personal computers and cell phones did not exist. My mom got in touch with me by calling my name outside. Now, if I have a problem or issue with my iPhone, I ask my seven year old niece and she can typically fix it for me. It’s pretty cool to see how the process of remediation has afforded us what we have today, when compared to twenty years ago. I can’t imagine how the world will be twenty years from now. Maybe we’ll be able to time travel with the push of a button.

We are the web

We are the web. What exactly does that mean? It’s actually quite simple: the web is representative of us-as people, as a “blogger”, or a corporation. The web reflects who we are; as we are the ones who build and/or design it. Currently, there are very few people in the world who do not have an online presence.

One of the many life lessons my father taught me was to look presentable. With the internet now as my “technological mirror”, I feel that I need to incorporate this life lesson into my online appearance as well. If I ever do post a status on Facebook, it is something that is simple, drama free, and does not reveal anything too personal about myself. I do not curse or say anything inappropriate. I think it is very important to maintain professionalism with an online presence, especially if you want to be taken seriously.