What I've found extremely fascinating throughout the course is the idea of the changing nature of reading, writing and thinking. (Hayles) I am curious to see how all of this is affecting learning. This paper as a while (as you will see in the video at the bottom of my Glog) is my own personal experience manipulating and presenting information. I wanted to see whether or not the things that I learned while looking into the topic changed as a result of whether or not I used technology.
Michael Chorost, in response to Aybala50's question about education, said that technology allowed us to expose our brains to new experiences. And I don't disagree. What I am skeptical of, however, is if technology really enhances or improves our learning. In the psychology study that I highlighted in my blog, it seems as though there is a misattribution of child development to watching baby video. Worth mentioning is that the companies that create these videos advertise themselves as helping children develop better. This concept of a misattribution could easily be applied learning and technology.
There is a lot of talk about how computers and the cool new gadgets that we have now have really helped and improved learning. Is this just all talk? Or has learning really improved thanks to the creation of new technology? It is a different experience now to walk into a college classroom than it was 50 years ago. Does that mean that students who came college 50 years ago have not learned information as well as students who have technology?
(NOTE: This is not the original paper that I had started to write for this personal experiment.)
DeLoache, J. S., Chiong, C., Sherman, K., Islam, N., Vanderborght, M., Troseth, G. L. et al (2010). Do babies learn from baby media? Psychological Science, 21, 1570-1547.
Considine, D. (Unknown) An Introduction to Media Literacy. http://www.ced.appstate.edu/departments/ci/programs/edmedia/medialit/article.html#What%20is%20Media%20Literacy
Aybala50 (2011) Class Notes 4/11/11. http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/9941
Waffeln (2007) Baby TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNyXYjV9xLU
Macfound (2006) Henry Jenkins on Digital Media and Learning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INhOB9gWPiA&playnext=1&list=PL04DC957195B64C1D
(Something else that I think is really interesting is the idea of listing sources off YouTube. I played around with it for a bit and finally came up with a formula that I used above. The author is the username of the person uploading and the date is the date published on the internet. I can see some flaws in this first in terms of ownership and also, in terms of date published. Have I cited my videos the 'right' way?)