Digital poverty

Digital resident vs vistor – a current proposal of revision to the original digital native concept:

http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3171/3049

Category intersection between economic and digital poverty like to large with a high correlation between the two, of which even visitor status may be misplaced.

Although now we are not tackling age discrimination and assumptions, these new analogies surface different inequalities of access.

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More than one way to be an educated man

If there was a family tree, hard work and education would be related; but school would probably be a distant cousin. ‘Cos if education is the key then school is the lock, ‘cos is rarely ever develops your mind to the point where it can perceive red as green and continue to go when someone else says stop.

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Just another brick in the wall

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National curriculum is a video game

You can not be bad at watching a movie, you can not be bad at listening to an album, but you can be bad at playing a video game and the video game will punish you and deny you access to the rest of the video game. No other art form does this.

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Apart from the education system. Which incidentally not only denies you access to other levels if earlier stages were not passed to satisfactory level, but from the first test judges you for the rest of your life, often putting you into categories to deny you from ever achieving higher levels ever again. A bit like only showing 20 gold coins when 50 exist on the level because higher powers have deemed the other 30 too difficult for you to ever find.

Do we in fact need a “Nation of Curriculum” – something akin to MMO virtual worlds like World of Warcraft, where learners are encouraged to explore the world of education at the pace that suits the individual then sit exams (level up) when they feel ready, rather than at an arbitrary time based on the accumulative time spent in the world?

– Could be fun!
Revision of focus from process to user driven need.

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Foucault’s Six Principles of Heterotopia

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Queer as MOOC

MOOCs – queer heterotopias for education

http://www.interalia.org.pl/index_pdf.php?lang=pl&klucz=&produkt=1260885645-910

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Half-drag


http://lelandbobbe.com/blog/category/half-drag/

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Gaia

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Mother Earth, Father God

An interesting thought for the day…

Man was made in God’s likeness ≡ God was made in Man’s likeness

Mother Earth emerged. It formed but was not created. Organic development and evolution. An ecosystem. Every entity in a relationship with every other, everything in balance.

Father/God = power, prescription
Mother/Earth = flat structure, equal importance, organic

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Can the same distinction be attributed to the MOOC paradigm: xMOOC vs cMOOC – prescription vs natural flow.

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Prescription of interdisciplinarity

Irony in the prescription of interdisciplinary thinking, both for the individual and institution, as by having to actively contrive the thinking between discipline areas goes against the grain of the notion itself.

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When do rights and ethics kick in?

Should the right to access provisions such as education be competency based, irrespective of species? Is the right to education currently human-only? If so, what happens if a dog is created with human-like competences…

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70:30 self-definition

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21788238

It’s my belief that we are on a continuum between male and female. There are people who are hardwired male and there are people who are hardwired female, but most of us are on that continuum and I believe myself probably to be about 70% male, 30% female.

- Richard O’Brien

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Establishing new purpose

Education addressing the need of the individual to explore themselves as human rather than an external imposition driven by capital need.

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But is it really?

Collaboration – working together for individual benefit

Cooperation – working together for the benefit of the whole

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Hierarchy of educational snobbery

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And insecurity of the man. Future vision a carbon copy of current practice just with different tools – oppressive in its closed-mindedness.

True vision – exploring feminist ideals through open-mindedness of engagement.

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‘Paedophilia not criminal condition’ says Durban cardinal

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How TV ruined your life: Fear

http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/y4csg

Ever wondered why life doesn’t measure up to those youthful lofty expectations?

From love and money to fear and progress, Charlie Brooker explores a different universal theme each week as this six-part series attempts to explain where it all went wrong and just how wildly the TV and movie ideal differs from life’s grim reality.

… Who needs the oppression of organised religion!

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Constraints of the comparative lens

Using an existing referent to explain a new limits the explanation to the existing parameters of the first entity and what is known. Looking at the internet through the eyes of only that which has been previously experienced, denies the new entity a chance to add value and ‘new’ to our pool of reference.

Looking at education purely through the guise of the current construct, i.e. a physical co-location of 30 people and an activity/content facilitator at the front, causes anything new to be compared to what is known, and thus discrimination to occur; traditional/physical = good, new/online = bad. Whereas if education were taken one step back from, it would be seen that the two are not so different and that opportunities can blossom through appreciation of both.

Perhaps it is our ability to see the differences that causes the discrimination… education is everywhere and we can learn from everything, but our ability to identify the different colours could be hindering us from experiencing more: colourblind/mode-indifference could be a channel to greater clarity of sight.

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Pens and pencils

A pen is like a pencil in as much as it is like a paintbrush or quill – there are similarities and you can better understand these shared properties if a referent is known, yet there are also differences between them that can not be explained as succinctly (if at all) through the terms of the latter referent. A pen is not a type of pencil or visa versa . A pen is a pen; a pencil is a pencil; they share some but not all properties.

If we take the notion of ‘writing’ and blinker our vision to only view the ‘pen’ as the implement for delivery, we deny ourselves the richness of writing experience through different mediums: pencil, paintbrush, chalk, computer wordprocesser… Are these any less ‘writing implements’? No, they are different but used for different effect and function.

Who are we to say what you can or can’t write with.

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Physical metaphors for digital safety
Niel Mclean

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Even as internet use has grown exponentially, the hierarchy of metaphors that describe it has remained constant: The internet is most of all a mail pigeon, then a library, then an amusement park, then a shopping center.
Internet: The Mainstreaming of Online Life
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Describing Colours to Blind People

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Lenses

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Virtually underground

The internet is underground infrastructure for a world of thematic districts. But where there is a lot more than just busking and movement downstairs – there’s a physically safe but anonymous-to-higher-ground space where people can interact.

So people make their map, chose a colour with which to join the station dots they are interested in and move between stations to reach different thematic districts, moving to the next floor if you wish to meet in person – upstairs also has a transport system of a bus network to move between districts above land. Justin Bieber would be an interesting hybrid of station and district as well as mover between others…

… No, no, it’s more than that and different in its lack of difference to upstairs.

If people are co-locating according to theme and can reach their district via different transport methods, surely the theme is ground 0 and transport method is irrelevant, it is still the same theme and thus community. You don’t have to know everyone in the community to feel a part of it. The district is a spectrum of engagement around the common topic, whereby communication from one member may reach an unknown member due to connections between them of others in the district, e.g. a super cute Justin Bieber fan-made video of his latest song, uploaded to YouTube, shared on social media platforms, and seen by loads of others in the spectrum, but which could also be spoken about at a sleepover which initiates the development of a response video!

So if this is the case, and themes bring people together, maybe themes or communities sit above the communication infrastructure. Maybe communities are like switchboards:

But this flips everything on its head – usually it is the individual who is seen to be making the connections, not the theme or community itself.

It is a natural human instinct to anthropomorphise the non-living and be anthropomorphic of the non-living’s capabilities based on this property.

But maybe we need to revise our view of the world – there are other species and other elements more than just humanity. Without water we are nothing, but we view water in relation to us. We are but a very small element in a vast ecosystem – perhaps if we realised that and vocalised it more explicitly, the fear of the ‘virtual’ would be forgotten.

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Virtual safety

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When fans become family

Micro-ethnographic study of the Justin Bieber twitter community, utilising the twitter hashtag #edcjb for communication of process and study delivery.

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