Live Lecture 3.2.12

Is Facebook or googles + cirle taking over friendship? There is hierarchy and making distinctions online.

With Cyborgs – do we need it all?

Me and some of my colleagues dont remember a time without Google, but we imagen it would be more difficult before. But is it making us lasy because Google is making information access easier and is ‘streamlined information’.

What actually is the definition of technology? Something that gets information and allows you to share it. Secondly, it could be any tool that you can use to solve a problem. There is a wide range of things it could be. It is defined on Google

What was the first tool? Could it be language? Language was used to communicate – advising young people how to avoid things. They wrote/drew on walls to solve problems – that could have been used to our billboards.
Mobile phones, computers and speaking is all languages.

Facebook can choose to portray your emotions, but the user controls this because you choose what to put on it. But you dont always because the picture can be tagged. You can never take anything off. Google records your searches, and they know more about you. Facebook gets ownership of your information and pictures, not you and thats what you signed up for. Linkedin puts you in connection with people in your feild. Linkedin changed the terms and conditions so it has the right to use pictures that you put on the site for plubicity. Is this a dehumanising processes?

If your out of the technology your out, if your in your in. Are you considered to be ‘strange’ if you dont use the technology? Connections could be through facebook; information that you dont have now you wont get because people wont go out their way to email to it to you – even work use it to contact you sometimes.

Should technology be used to enhance your looks/self or give you things that you dont/didnt have like Tanya Vlach’s eye? This can also link into the microchipping technology which we use in our animals. You can also see cameras that you attach to a pet’s collar but it didnt work because you just taking pictures of the floor. You can get a security app for your Ipad that takes pictures of who is using your ipad if its lost which is then sent to your email, so you can find out who it is.

If you loose an item of technology we would be effected – you would feel emotionally hurt because of information and data, contacts and connections. You have all of your numbers back in a day because you just ask around on Facebook for people numbers. With Apple you can get an app called ‘Drop Box’ which allows you to save all contacts to ‘Mycloud’.

If you think about it even languages and body languages have its flaws. Body Language could be misinterpreted and you could have different language to other people


It ignores the older generation. His main message is that there is no evidence is there is no evidence of what Prenzky is saying. It is covering up issues and isnt about just categorising people into who cant and can use technology. Isnt showing the whole picture. It isnt just about skills as long as you have an enthusiasm and motivation to learn. THe common veiw on it is that it is what you percieve the technology can do for you and not just suscribe. Depending wheather you see it as useful or not.

The hive is an idea, wheather all your friends have it, you have all it. For example, mobile phones or twitter. 2/5 of Facebook’s accounts are dominant. Its about joining together with more people becuase we are formal being. Blackberry Messanger is one of them but it works in crazes who else is on there and what it does for you.

Blackberry is the most common phone for teens and early twenty year old.

Maslow 1954 Hierarchy of needs

1st need (at bottom of herarchy): Phsyiological – hungry, hurt etc.
2nd need: Saftey – need to feel safe
3rd need: Esteem – need to feel conftable in yourself before feel belonging in a group.
4th need: belonging – in a group before you achieve self-ac
5th need: self actualisation
6th need: transcendence

You need to have you phsiological needs first. It is a framework with lots of flaws 
Physilogical needs – get online shopping.
Self actualisation – blogging feedback
Belonging – Facebook groups?

The way he got information: through famous people who became famous from being successful. It is a bias point – about people who are famous. They were affluent and western people. Does the framework relate to other cultures or poverty? It might not even apply to people in the western society – the physiological of the tramp for example – they have no shelter, food or shelter. They are the underclass (Marxist) who arent part of the society. People may be able to actualise without having the others. Actualisation is being comftable in your own school – you dont have to be part of a group. You have to know that you have flaws and accept them and dont have to be ‘perfect’.

David White

Its not as clear cut. It is habituation – you keep doing something and you get used to it. Its like remembering all the devices of driving.

What is the digital divide?

Socio-econimic – who could and who couldnt afford it – haves and haves not. In Gambia they dont have electricity so cant have internet. It is different now. Children will be different – some wont have computers and so will not have the internet. Equiptment will have to meet the standards of everyone. Then there is a problem of how they can do their homework.

The cans and the cannots divide

This is far more prevalent today because it is about needs and what you need to use.

The Wills and will nots

The fear or dislike of technology – technophobia. You can also have techno adicts/dependents and you hover and move around the line in between – Steve Wheelers theory of e-pathology. The adnormal responses to technology although there are people who sat in the middle. You could reject technology because of religion, the fact that technology could take over your life, or ruin humanities.

Everett Rogers – Diffusion of innovations – How people adapt to technologies.
The innovators –
queing up for the new technology – the first to have a new technology. It is about them buying into the change.
The Early Adaptors – 16% of population – wait until price comes down and buy into it.
The Early Majority – wait until they get a second version.
The Late Majority – everyone seems to have it so I better have it – it doesnt matter because it is so cheap.
The Laggers – someone who doesnt buy it atall, but if they do they only buy it to criticise it or undermine what is happening. They wont turn up when the training days are on.

If you dont bridge the gap you can forget it and every manafacuter looks for that bridge.
Laggers get forced into it because, for example, you cant get VHS players or VHS videos anymore and you dont tend to record anymore on VHS because of Vivo. BetaMax was taken over by VHS because they were in Video Stores and did pornography where BetaMax did. Only 0.75% have the Xbox 360 Kinex – it is a very small space 0f the global market. Over half the UK has a smart phone – this will probably be improvied, combined with other technologies and marketing. We know what people want through Google searches and facebook. Marketing needs to focus on the early majority and late majority because the laggers will never buy it and the innovators will defently buy it any way. It is age, where you live, disposabity, connectivity.

In African schools technology isnt available, most of them

David Mitchell
Quad Blogging – four schools blog. One school blog for a week then the other three comment – then they swap round. It raises childrens literacy levels because they are getting them to want to improve their writing. But some people learn through pictures. It is important to be able to write to get qualifications, university and a good job.

Each lecturer will be different about what they want, but they will want some of the same things as well.

Express yourself properly
Convice that they know what you are talking about
No Inacuracies/theoretical issues.

A good essay has a:
– good structure – introduction, main body, conclusion. Plan.
– Dont use long introductory sentances – use short snappy sentances. Then you can go into longer sentances.
– quotes and references – support arguments and to show scholarship (reading).
– a variety of references – blogs, internet, journal and documents
– what you need
– What you need to reffered to
– Wiki is acceptable
– Dont just read peoples interpretation of it – read the actual source.
– Check sources for accuracy and relevances.
– Vygotsky is used often but who is read it.  
– Dont say ‘he should have’ 
– Dont use abbreviations ‘Do not’ not ‘Dont’
– Express your self in academic terms – formal language
– try to critically evaluate – pick out the good and bad points of the essay – dont have to suggest improvements. You can bring in other peoples theory. Draw your narrative because of the biggest theory. The narrative is better than theory. Try to paraphrase (put into your own words) and not quote if its not worth it. It makes work look disjointed. Just quote to back up.
– you can use I as long as you can back it up – say you support theory. Be careful how you support it and then criticise it – critical analysis.
– Can use personal experiences in the classroom as long as you link it – topical and sysmatic and then reflect it.
– Good title – choose your own title.
– Could go into blogging, wiki, smartphone technology, youtube, slideshow. How it differes from Web 1.0? What is Web 1.0 and 2.0? Web 2.0 – Tim O’Reily – cite Time O’Reily
Steve Wheelers blog – Digital Learning Futures – slideshow – 
– Think about Web 2.0 about social connections

Reading: Tim O’Reily