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From Blogs to Bombs (Introduction)

Posted by Mariel Amez on January 15, 2010

What I found most interesting of the chapter “Many Lenses” from Marc Pegrum‘s book is the perspective of context – social, sociopolitical and global. With reference to txtspk, he mentions the fact that the digital divide may be widened by lack of proper education and poor economic background, which impairs our adaptation to different roles in society:   

The new markers of class are not the presence or absence of technology, but facility and subtlety in its use. 

 

 As regards the lenses themselves, I believe that most of us had at one point or another considered the technological, pedagogical and social ones. We have long been quoting Prensky’s dichotomy between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” even though the scientific validity of such a generalisation has been challenged (see, eg Bennett, S., Maton, K., & Kervin, L. 2008) and recent studies highlight the existence of a digital divide in the so-called native generation, both in access to technology and in operational capability (Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience, 2009).  In contrast, Pegrum comments on the features of newer generations considering both similarities and differences, and calls for the guidance and warnings of parents and educators.  

Moreover, Pegrum introduces some new notions, namely, the sociopolitical and ecological lenses, and asks some very disturbing questions in connection with the use of technology in global politics, such as 

which views can’t or won’t be expressed as governments across the political spectrum isolate and gag the voices they fear – while tracking the rest, just in case?

 or

what are energy-hungry devices and their e-waste doing to the larger ecosystem of which we’re part?

 In this vein, he higlights the need for education not only through technology but about technology, so that empowerment can become true and not just a delusion to deprive inadvertent citizens of democratic freedoms at present taken for granted in many countries.

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Week 1 2010: PLNs

Posted by Mariel Amez on January 12, 2010

I think I started reading Vance Steven’s post about four hours ago, and I had decided to go straight ahead to Pegrum’s chapter to make my first post for Multiliteracies 2010 , but, just like Vance describes in Reflections on how we learn through networks, with particular infotention to the multiliteracy of new media (which I retweeted), I have done so many other things “in between” that here I am, overwhelmed already. So the “many lenses” will have to wait a while.

I got to that Posterous post through a comment made by Elizabeth on the Ning, and that allowed me to discover that you can retweet from Posterous. Kim Cofino’s extract mentioned by Vance, where a number of strategies to start your PLN are outlined, was somehow linked to a promotional email I received in the meantime, which I believe can be useful for others:

Another email arriving more or less at the time led me to discover Spezify (which I retweeted as well), before I had finished reading the article Modeling Social Media in Groups, Communities, and Networks, started at some point before.

Looking for the source of Jennifer’s Using Text messaging in the ESL classrrom I stumbled upon a good site for teaching Romeo and Juliet (ideas and lesson plans), and somehow found myself searching for Hanna’s poll. And all along I was tagging pages on Delicious.

Conclusions?  PLNs or CoPs or whichever term we coin to call them are essential to find our way in the maze of resources available for professional growth these days. Just as it is essential to experience this quest for learning “in the flesh” and to enable students (especially those in teacher education) to do so during their in-service training. Which by the way is connected to what I mentioned in a lecture and in the final paper for the “Maestros en Tecnologias” course.

Echoes, echoes, echoes… And pipes more important than the content within them …

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