Agenda: Class 5
ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar
"If anything, these distractions have begun to serve an
almost accidental function: They give people a false sense of
shrewdness. Once anyone penetrates the Net's first few layers
of junk, it's easy to think that the hard work has been done and
that whatever information remains should be relatively solid.
When it comes to learning the principles of academic research,
nothing could be further from the truth." --Oppenheimer,
this is where I begin. The questions for the future are not whether
children will love their robot companions more than their pets or even
their parents. The questions are rather, What will love be? And what
will it mean to achieve ever-greater intimacy with our machines? Are we
ready to see ourselves in the mirror of the machine and to see love as
our performances of love?" --Turkle, p. 138
"Nurturance was the killer app for robotics. Tending the robots incited
our engagement. There is a parallel for the networked life. Always on
and (now) always with us, we tend the Net, and the Net teaches us to
need it." --Turkle, p. 154
"I have come to value the few remaining quiet places in
the world. They remind us that there are things that must be thought
about in the privacy of one's own mind, not in the presence of
fragmented, graphical interfaces, or chattering printers, or beeping,
blinking video displays. Thought about--with an investment
of interpretive effort and critical skill, not simply, passively
registered as a stimulus or clicked-on like a hypertext button."
Roszak, p. 200
"The self shaped in a world of rapid response measures success by calls
made, e-mails answered, texts replied to, contacts reached. This self
is calibrated on the basis of what technology proposes, by what it
makes easy. But in the technology-induced pressure for volume and
velocity, we confront a paradox. We insist that our world is
increasingly complex, yet we have created a communications culture that
has decreased the time available for us to sit and think uninterrupted.
As we communicate in ways that ask for almost instantaneous responses,
we don’t allow sufficient space to consider complicated problems."
--Turkle, p. 166
"Apps are great if they take care of ordinary stuff and thereby free us
to explore new paths, form deeper relationships, ponder the biggest
mysteries of life, forge a unique and meaningful identity. But if apps
merely turn us into more skilled couch potatoes who do not think for
ourselves, or pose new questions, or develop significant relationships,
or fashion an appropriate, rounded, and continually evolving sense of
self, then the apps simply line the road to serfdom, psychologically
speaking." --Gardner & Davis, pp. 9-10
"In the psychological terms just introduced, we can see apps either as
the latest shaping technology in the repertoire of the behavioral
psychologist or educator, or as a technological lever for inducing the
kind of exploration endorsed by the constructivist psychologist or
educator." --Gardner & Davis, p. 31
"With respect to identity formation: Apps can short-circuit identity
formation, pushing you into being someone else’s avatar (that of your
parents, your friends, or one formulated by some app producer)—or, by
foregrounding various options, they can allow you to approach identity
formation more deliberately, holistically, thoughtfully. You may end up
with a stronger and more powerful identity, or you may succumb to a
prepackaged identity or to endless role diffusion.
With respect to intimacy: Apps can facilitate superficial
ties, discourage face-to-face confrontations and interactions, suggest
that all human relations can be classified if not predetermined in
advance—or they can expose you to a much wider world, provide novel
ways of relating to people, while not preventing you from shutting off
the devices as warranted—and that puts YOU in charge of the APPS rather
than vice versa. You may end up with deeper and longer-lasting
relations to others, or with a superficial stance better described as
cool, isolated, or transactional.
With respect to imagination: Apps can make you lazy,
discourage the development of new skills, limit you to mimicry or tiny
trivial tweaks or tweets—or they can open up whole new worlds for
imagining, creating, producing, remixing, even forging new identities
and enabling rich forms of intimacy."
--Gardner & Davis, pp. 32-33
- Questions and Announcements
- Postman Paper due now
- Thanks to Cecilia for bringing the snacks
- Class Participation
participation for our online class continued through this afternoon, I
will send out this past week's participation soon.
- Note, when I sent feedback about class 3, I mis-titled the email to be for class 4. Sorry for the confusion.
- Overall, discussions have been very good, and the online discussion
was great. A few people received the maxium points for participation.
- Remember that I am grading participation based on what is listed in the Class Participation handout
- If you want an update about your participation, let me know
- You are required to have at least two comments sent to the
class email discussion (over the course of the semester); additional
comments can help make up for limited in-class participation.
- Discussion: Gardner & Davis, Preface & Chapters 1&2, Led by Holli & Cate
- Read, Gardner & Davis, Chapter 3-4
- Discussion led by Mary Kate & Kristyn
- Snacks Next Time: Kagan & Amy
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David M. Marcovitz.
Last Updated: February 10, 2015