FOLLOW UP: DISCONNECTED URBANISM.

Always on the Move: Are We Becoming Digital Nomads? – EContent Magazine

On March 17 2014 I blogged my personal relationship with Disconnected Urbanism; The Goldberger article. (2007)

The use of transportable devices are still used in the same way 7 years later. In fact studies reflect that  Mobile Devices May Outnumber People by the End of the Year, Eileen Mullan raises some interesting questions that will leave you pondering on how we manage our own portable devices.

Eileen Mullan discusses her viewpoint, April 2014:  Always on the Move: Are We Becoming Digital Nomads? – EContent Magazine. (2014) 

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Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class

What a fantastic article by TEACHERWISE which is very complimentary to my studies.

TEACHERWISE

Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class

by SAM EVANS-BROWN

If there is one thing that the mobile-computing era has made clear, it’s that kids love touch screens. Because those touch screens — smartphones, iPads, Kindles and the like — are an inevitable added distraction to the classroom, schools across the country are struggling to deal with the growing prevalence of the technology.

But a growing number of schools are embracing these hand-held, Internet-ready devices by creating policies that put them to use in the classroom.

For three years, Oyster River Middle School in Durham, N.H., has been letting students use their touch-screen devices in class. The kids learn how to make presentations on iPads, how to keep track of their homework on a smartphone, and what they should and shouldn’t post on social media sites. The devices can be their planners, agenda books, and…

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Digital Identities, Exploring Digital Footprints – week 2

Week 2 Topic:
Digital Identities, Exploring Digital Footprints.   What can the world find out about you through a google search? What is your digital identity?

I try to keep my digital identity very private. If you search Google there is not much listed about me under my maiden name and what is publicly available on the net from facebook or social media is very limited and ultimately nothing that would bother me. There are so many Christine Young’s listed in my searches it would be pot luck or sheer persistence to find me in amongst them. I do a search at least once a year out of interest to see if any of my information is out there in the world wide web.

In the google searches, profileengine.com seemed to be able to pick up a lot of profiles but when clicked to follow link it didn’t go to the page but asked for a log in.

Admittedly, I do have accounts with all the popular social media sites to keep up with technology. Often it’s just to try them out and see what they are and to stay in touch with family, mostly nephews and nieces; twitter, myspace which I don’t really use, facebook, pintrest, google+ , youtube. I use other media such as skype, messenger, Instagram, viber, and maybe a couple other things I can’t think of right now or remember. Sometimes I don’t even know which accounts I have until I see a friend’s link or post to prompt me. Nor do I know how to use them all properly, I’m quite a novice user but I always read up on security and privacy settings.

If I had to assess my own digital identity I would say my profiles represent a spiritual family woman who’s main focus is on her children. My friends list is around the average users number of friends that are family and close friends, I don’t accept friendships from people I don’t know and am not afraid to have good clean out a couple of times a year to make room for other people I have more in common with. There are a lot of peeps and trolls which often need to be filtered out. I am a member of several groups and occasionally go on a clicking frenzy liking every page and post I see. I used to post on FB everyday a few years ago but now you’re lucky to see me on there every 3 days or so. It’s very easy to lose time in cyber world but the friends made along the way are worth it.

Week 2 Activity:
Create a magazine style digital footprint of someone famous.

are you still a belieber???
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Twitter in the Classroom

Twitter as an educational platform and technology.

The value of technology in the classroom is proportional to the type of usage.

There is no escaping the use of digital technology by students in the classroom. Personal use is minimized during the class by engaging students in the lesson via; # (hashtag) conversations, hyperlinks from the teacher, subject or discussion re-tweeting, @students or group attention, following trends and incorporating tweet deck or seesmec; all these will help build stronger connections in the classroom.

Watch Eduslam’s first episode about how twitter is used in the classroom with 6-7year olds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEI_4lfKGFo

Out of the classroom, assignments and presentations are worked on by groups with each student participating from home. Reading and math tutorials are readily available, and should the student not attend school they can stay up to date through the classroom # updates or lists.

The net is a much quicker research tool than the library but has many ethical and legal considerations that must be adhered to if it is going to be successful as a knowledge data base for students. Classroom students using school devices can be somewhat controlled by filtering software in the computer systems however the use of personal tablets, notebooks, and smartphones allows for distractions and are able to ignore the class ethical standards outlined by the teacher.

Teachers will need a strong knowledge base of the ethical and legal uses of digital technology in the classroom.

 

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Disconnected Urbanism. What is a Digital World? – week 1

Week 1 Activity:
Have you experienced disconnected urbanism. Do you often go about your day without taking notice of where you are? Do you ever feel as though people around you are disconnected?

My response to Goldbergers article on Disconnected Urbanism – Metropolis Magazine – February 2007.

I was a victim of disconnected urbanism. My workload demanded intensive telephone use and for relaxation I would mostly use apps and social media. Some days I would lose hours on end. My usage changed when I had my first child and started to observe how families socialised and I noticed how disconnected people are from each other on a face-to-face basis.

I went through a stage when there just wasn’t enough time for my family and my social media. Prioritising, I was able to easily disconnect from the digital world by changing my lifestyle, using it now on an ‘only when necessary’ basis because for me, a phone call or social media message can wait. Using a digital mobile device of any kind is somewhat addictive and also a necessary evil in todays’ digital world and it needs to be controlled. I found that I still do not get to speak to all of my friends on a face-to-face basis.

 

 

 

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