Week 3 post

“Are they ready to work” was a reality check for me. As much as USA is ahead of the curve in the field of computer-related technology and innovation, it looks like we are falling behind in the preparing students to meet the workplace demands. How did that happen?? More importantly, what can we do to fix it?
One way is to ensure that we are encouraging students to use Web 2.0 to develop their skill set and not just as a source of entertainment and hobbies. (Btw, I am guilty of this. Instead of using my vocabulary-building app more, I play Fruit ninja till my shoulder hurts!)
Also, one thing I have observed is the informal nature of communication on mobile devices and social media platforms seems to encourage the use of poor grammar and acronyms. No wonder writing skills are deteriorating among the youth and that nearly 81% of the high school students are deficient in written communication skills.
As I read portions of the Learning for the 21st century Skills report, one of the lines that struck out to me was “Education that prepares students for learning in this complex, digital society will be more meaningful for students and, ultimately more effective in preparing them for the future.” That’s why I think it’s important to determine what technologies are working and use them effectively.
Only time can really tell whether Pew Research Center’s theory that millenials will make online sharing in networks a lifelong habit. A few years ago, Web 1.0 was considered a big leap for mankind. Today, if you only use email and desktops, you are not part of the in crowd. So, maybe web 3.0 will evolve into something that we can’t even imagine—making blogging, “facebooking,” and tweeting uncool. We’ll just have to wait till 2020, won’t we? I better save this document on paper just in case we are able to transmit thoughts via electronic telepathy or some technology like that.
Reading the abstract of the: Designing Choreographies for the “New Economy of Attention,” I realize that as educators and instructors using digital media, we will still be challenged by the A in the ARCs model—even more so than before. Because now the instructional medium we use can also be a source of distraction. Students can play a lecture being delivered as a podcast while playing a game online. That’s probably why I find the psychologist Hugo Munsterberg’s conclusion in his book Psychology and the Teacher that attention requires a certain complexity in the presentation of visual objects a little difficult to agree with. Let’s not forget that he wrote the book in 1909, which did put him at a disadvantage. He had no idea what was going to happen in a 100 years.

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2 thoughts on “Week 3 post

  1. I’ve always found it fascinating to thing about what someone from 100 years in the future would thing if they found a way to time travel back to 2012. Would they look at us, using several different devices to accomplish different tasks, using Web 2.0 technologies, having a desktop computer, and laugh at us? Not only would the methods we use be uncool…but they might seem as foreign to us as using pigeons, quill and parchment, or wax tablets.

    A few weeks ago, I read an article related to your worry about spelling and grammar…only the study suggested that “textese” did not have a detrimental effect on spelling in grammer, and even went so far as to posit the opposite. Interesting. I’ll see if I can dig up the article for you.

  2. I am compelled to respond as a linguist and a techno-freak. It is amazing that there is a pop culture perception that language skills are in some way changed by CMC (computer mediated communication). In actually, all scholarly research is pointing to the exact opposite. There are even linguistics scholars who are focusing specifically on the benefits of this type of discourse as a scaffold to other more academic discourses. So in that way, I would say that higher ed could make a big step forward by actually teaching these discourse styles as well so that we can indeed prepare students for the current needs of the workforce.
    I like your comment about an “instructional medium used as a source of distraction.” I still need to process the implications of this though. Too long here at the computer screen so I need a distraction to “refresh and reload.”

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