Monday, April 29, 2013

What have you learned?

Our classroom was designed specifically to encourage a more active, student-centered, and engaged learning experience. In Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman writes,

“. . . the content of a lesson is the least important thing about learning. . . . 
the most important thing one learns is always something about how one learns”(144).

So, what have you learned in this course?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Twitter adding some sound to its Tweets

It's finally here - what you have all been waiting for...Twitter music!

The music streaming industry has been starting to boom a bit as of late. Recently it was reported that Google was jumping into the music streaming ring. Now Twitter is joining the fray.

The Bird is finally going to make some noise

To be honest this wasn't really unexpected. There is money to make in music streaming, and honestly mixing music with twitter as a tool of discovering new artists seems like a cool idea.

However, there still definitely is this reoccurring theme of transparency. Sites are seeking to become so multi-faceted and versatile, and, like with smartphones, people could start to grow too dependent on or addicted to sites like Twitter (though I don't think it would ever be to the same degree as smartphones).

What do you think? Does the twitter music concept seem cool? Let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mass Amaturization and Websites

So while I was thinking about what to write this blog about, I started thinking about the different stuff we have done in class and kept thinking about our Web Based Research Project.  Mine is hosted as a Weebly website, which got me to thinking about the whole, mass amaturization stuff we have talked about in class. 

I am by no means an expert when it comes to building websites, I barely know the basics of HTML and CSS (the language used in programming websites), yet I can build a website and host it online for free.  This is interesting to me primarily because my uncle used to be a web site programmer, and built websites for a living, and is very good at it.  The process of mass amaturization is applicable here mainly because I, being a web building amateur, am able to build and host a website.  However, I still find myself wishing I knew as much as my Uncle does because that would make this process significantly easier because I would not be confined to the limits of what Weebly allows me to do.  I would be able to start from scratch.

That being said, it is still possible for me to learn how to do that using HTML and CSS on my own but the time and effort that it would take me to get that final product finished would way out weigh the benefit.  In the end, I think even though there are a lot of "amateurs" who are capable of becoming almost as good as "professionals" there will be still be a place in most industries for "professionals" to do their work. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

When walking into the Apple store at Keystone, you would think to find more people in their early twenties to forties. This was not the case, I began noticing older adults buying mini IPads, IPads, Mac computers, etc. Seeing this surprised me, because we hear about the digital era we are in, but I know when it comes to my father using his IPad, he only uses it for Facebook (Sadly) and Flipboard. Although, this makes me wonder, are older adults starting to get better at technology, than the younger generation?

From the Article Online habits Coming Slowly to Older Adults, explains how older adults are all coming to the digital era. In addition, it goes into explaining, the more money someone has (older adults) the more technologies they will buy to fit into society. I believe this to be true, because my ninety-three year old grandma has an IPad, and she uses a variety of apps and takes it with her everywhere. This question is for you: Do you believe that technology is being used by older adults, if so, how can you tell?