Agenda: Class 6

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

"Instead of asking what our children will learn with computers, we also need to ask what they will become." Healy, p. 191

"In arguing that books are archaic and dispensable, Federman and Shirky provide the intellectual cover that allows thoughtful people to slip comfortably into the permanent state of distractedness that defines the online life." Carr. p. 112

"...looking to games for amusement is one thing. Looking to them for a life is another. As I have said, with robots, we are alone and imagine ourselves together. On networks, including game worlds, we are together but so lessen our expectations of other people that we can feel utterly alone." --Turkle, p. 226

"Venting feelings comes to feel like sharing them." --Turkle, p. 231

"When we live a large part of our personal lives online, these complex empathetic transactions become more elusive. We get used to getting less." --Turkle, p. 234

"We found that, as suggested by the app icon itself, the identities of young people are increasingly packaged. That is, they are developed and put forth so that they convey a certain desirable—indeed, determinedly upbeat—image of the person in question. This packaging has the consequence of minimizing a focus on an inner life, on personal conflicts and struggles, on quiet reflection and personal planning; and as the young person approaches maturity, this packaging discourages the taking of risks of any sort." --Gardner & Davis, p. 61

"Daydreaming, wandering, and wondering have positive facets. Introspection may be particularly important for young people who are actively figuring out who and what they want to be. Without time and space to ponder alternative ways of being in the world—without breaking away from an app-determined life path—young persons risk prematurely foreclosing their identities, making it less likely that they will achieve a fully realized and personally fulfilling sense of self." Gardner & Davis, p. 74

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