Monday, August 22, 2011

Response to Kids & Multimedia

In the video Kids Learn How To Navigate The Multi-media World, mentioned how an american young person spends a minimum of 6.5 hours on a form of screen, which clearly demonstrates the involvement that multi-media has on our lives. I agree with the statement George Lucas made, that there are certain skills and concepts like perspective and color that are not taught at school. I can recall not being taught any of that until I was in high school, but that was because it was a specialized magnet art high school. I think that as multimedia becomes more of a platform and affect the structure the way kids are taught. Certain skills as collaboration and problem solving-skills which are essential in a real life basis, and whom are being taught in schools as depicted on the video. In this video, movie making makes everyone be involved , which in a regular typical classroom some students fall of the radar and don't participate. Yet, based on the video it allows for various kids to be engaged in a motivating way. Communication, this topic shouldn't be isolated, we need communication and we communicate on a daily basis. I agree that this subject shouldn't be isolated , and it should some how be integrated in the other subject matters.

One thing to keep in mind, based on the videos that we saw and the readings is that aside from technology and its benefits in capturing the various interest of kids in an educating way. These various platforms, they can also be a distraction. I think that as a laptop becomes more usable in a classroom, it allows you to access other applications so they can be a distraction and might deviate from the subject being taught. Also spelling, we relied in automatic spell check which I believe that we all have victims and therefore certain grammar skills are weak. I remember that at the point that social network became popular and informal style of writing was being implemented by my peers, I remembers my teachers getting papers with "4" instead of "for".

Some of the impressions based on the videos watched is that since we are inevitable moving to a technological era where we relied on computer, tablets and other available new media. This media as described in the article Web 2.0 by Tim O' Reilly and John Battelle, the network as platform and as well as the videos watched the importance of social networking and creating a community of connected users. Programs, applications allow for an exchange of information as well as given a voice to user by allowing him to have input. Which in the article Web 2.o in a digital platform, is known as collective intelligences. An individual can share and the way certain applications are being constructed where is the users that share and have an involvement with specific tasks. It is interesting how links, have become in a way to keep track is almost like a vote. The user is able to leave a print, by the "information shadows". These information traces, are kind of scary because an image on the internet is never deleted is somewhere in virtual space. In the article and the video Henry Jenkins the accessibility that smart phones allows to have in which information is available to us in our pockets. In the article mentions how even sources like Twitter provides news which is good considering that people are constantly in social networking site loosing track of other events yet alerts and important informations is able like news, while users talk to their friends. With the mass information being uploaded and integrated in our lives, an important dilema that comes to my mind is the issue of trust. Which sites do you trust and which ones are trustworthy? Which has an effect in they way kids learn , because one person might say one thing and another person might say something differently.

The article The Seven Types of Intelligence by Professor Lamp and in one video it was brought up how kids were group in a classroom.The speaker from the video, brought up the questions that why kids were only grouped by age? Is interesting how Professor Lamp found these patterns and behavior which can be a way for kids to be paired in classrooms to help them strengthen those qualities. Is tricky though, because kids can have certain behaviors but if they are exposed to different areas, they might discovered other qualities that they might enjoy more for pleasure.

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