Media Literacy: Making Sense Of New Technologies And Media by George Siemens - Oct 24 09
In this weekly Media Literacy Digest, open education and connectivism advocate George Siemens, brings to you a great set of news stories on emerging media, communication technologies and education-related trends. His goal is one of helping you make good sense of the many changes taking place around you and of how these directly impact your daily lives.
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Inside this Media Literacy Digest:
- Twitter and Status Updating - Twitter has been criticized for its lack of relevance to younger internet users (teens). Some progress is being made on that front, according to a new Pew report.
- Networked Learning Hotseat - In preparation for Networked Learning 2010, conference organizers have arranged several "hot seat" sessions. A hot seat is basically a week long (mostly asynchronous) discussion on a particular theme / topic.
- Economy and Internet Trends - Mary Meeker delivered a presentation to Web 2.0 conference recently looking at the state of the economy and the Internet (powerpoint / pdf slides).
- ECAR Annual Report of Undergraduate Tech Use - The ECAR 2009 report of undergraduate IT use has been released. If you have followed these reports over the last few years, you will not find much new.
- Search: Twitter, Facebook, People - Bing and Google search deals for Facebook and Twitter are getting quite a bit of attention and commentary. Somewhat related, I just came across Cluuz - a people search tool.
- Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning - I have been thinking about what learning might / could / should look like in today's technological age.
- LearnTrends 2009 - I am looking forward to LearnTrends 2009. The LearnTrends Innovation nominations close Oct 31. A reminder - the LearnTrends Innovation nominations close Oct 31.
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by George Siemens
Twitter and Status Updating
In terms of numbers, one in five internet users utilize Twitter (or similar status updating) service. From a quick read of the article, I do not see any mention of how often people actually update their status.
This "I am on Twitter" statement reminds me of blogs in early 2000. I would frequently hear someone say "oh, yeah, I blog". Not mentioned, however, was that one or two posts had been made and the site had since been largely abandoned. Not sure if Twitter has the same profile. The real question is not "are you on Twitter", but "are you consistently on Twitter".
Networked Learning Hotseat
In preparation for Networked Learning 2010, conference organizers have arranged several "hot seat" sessions. A hot seat is basically a week long (mostly asynchronous) discussion on a particular theme / topic.
Starting Oct 26, Stephen Downes and I are hosting a discussion on the impact of learning on networked technologies. Attendance is free for the online session, but you do need to register / create an account to contribute.
Economy and Internet Trends
From slide 28, a quick look back over the last few years:
- 2004 - China Internet - Opportunity is Immense 2005 - Broadband - Becoming Pervasive, Driving Growth in Communications / UGC
- 2006 - Online Video - Building Momentum
- 2007 - Social Networks - Proliferating, Driving Platform Changes
- 2008 - Economic Recession - Creates Challenge + Opportunity for Web Companies
- 2009 - Mobile Internet - Is and Will be Bigger Than Most Think
Later in the presentation (slide 32), Meeker forecasts the huge growth, and increased integration, of internet-connected devices.
ECAR Annual Report of Undergraduate Tech Use
A key assertion from previous surveys is validated: "They [students] consistently report that they prefer only a moderate amount of IT when it comes to their courses".
The main difference in this year's report is the inclusion of a new, but basic, chapter on mobile technologies.
One drawback - the ECAR survey continues to suffer from low response rate (see Appendix D), resulting in some concern about accepting generalizations made in the report.
However, it is the most complete report on IT use by students that I am aware of... and, since it has been around for five years, it will grow in value for longitudinal analysis (of undergraduate profiles, though it would be helpful to track development of learners use of IT during their time in university and beyond).
Search: Twitter, Facebook, People
What is the value of real time search? It is largely about being aware of global patterns of interest - a sort of zeitgeist or attentional focus (some have called it consciousness, but that seems silly - knowing what many people are talking about is hardly "consciousness". Perhaps awareness is a better term):
Now that Google and Bing are getting the firehose, it could have a big impact on search results. For the search engines, the firehose is much more valuable than any single Tweet. They can index it and sift it, looking for patterns and spikes in keywords and shared links to get a better sense of what people across the Web are paying attention to at any given moment. This data can then be folded back into regular search results, even if the top result is not a Tweet.
Somewhat related, I just came across Cluuz - a people search tool. The results are fairly accurate - but the images displaying network connections are still a bit basic.
Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning
I have been thinking about what learning might / could / should look like in today's technological age. Thoughts are posted on my connectivism blog: Technologically externalized knowledge and learning.
I am looking forward to LearnTrends 2009 - an online conference that Tony Karrer, Jay Cross, and I are organizing. The official conference page has been posted. Fantastic lineup of speakers (great job Jay & Tony!!).
A reminder - the LearnTrends Innovation nominations close Oct 31.
About George Siemens
George Siemens is the Associate Director in the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba. George blogs at www.elearnspace.org where he shares his vision on the educational landscape and the impact that media technologies have on the educational system. George Siemens is also the author of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age and the book "Knowing Knowledge" where he develops a learning theory called connectivism which uses a network as the central metaphor for learning and focuses on knowledge as a way to making connections.
George Siemens -
Twitter and Status Updating - Jimmac.Musichall
Networked Learning Hotseat - Mreco99
Economy and Internet Trends -Alexandr Shirokov
ECAR Annual Report of Undergraduate Tech Use - Flashon
Search: Twitter, Facebook, People - Jay Simmons
Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning - Connectivism
LearnTrends 2009 - LearnTrends
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