Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? OCICU Conference

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Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? OCICU Conference

  1. 1. Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?With a tip of the cap to Neil Postman
  2. 2. Barry Dahl dot com
  3. 3. URL: desire4community.comDesire4community.com
  4. 4. Clicker Time Courtesy of Turning Technologies• Grab your clicker• First, some demographics.
  5. 5. Gender & Life Experience 40%1. Female, < 45 yrs.2. Female, 45 + yrs. 23% 23%3. Male, < 45 yrs. 14%4. Male, 45 + yrs. 1 2 3 4
  6. 6. Choosingup sides Images from Icon Archive
  7. 7. Who’s Your Daddy? 50%1. Apple 25% 25%2. Google3. Microsoft t le e of pl og os Ap Go icr M
  8. 8. Are you a fan? 49%1. Baseball 30%2. Basketball 22%3. Hockey l ll ey l ba ba ck se et Ho Ba sk Ba
  9. 9. Education
  10. 10. Entertainment
  11. 11. Faculty Perspective
  12. 12. Entertaining Students is NOT my Job35% 1. Fact65% 2. Whack
  13. 13. Engaging Students is NOT my Job2% 1. Fact98% 2. Whack
  14. 14. Not this kind of entertainment
  15. 15. A Tupperware (or Bridge) Party
  16. 16. Who said this?“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesnt know the first thing about either.”
  17. 17. Nowthis...
  18. 18. Which of the following describe you?88% 1. You are a texter86% 2. You use online banking svcs93% 3. You have Wi-Fi in your house47% 4. You can define “Web 2.0”0% 5. None of the above are true
  19. 19. What is Web 2.0?
  20. 20. Select each site where you have an account.82% 1. Facebook43% 2. Twitter89% 3. LinkedIn45% 4. You Tube0% 5. None of the above
  21. 21. No Facebook? Source: The Daily Mail (UK)
  22. 22. Too Much Facebook?Overdosing on Facebook maylead to the development ofpsychological disorders in teens,according to Larry Rosen, aprofessor of psychology atCalifornia State University. Source: Mashable
  23. 23. Too Much Facebook?• Development of narcissism in teens who often use Facebook;• Presence of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies, in teens who have a strong Facebook presence; Source: Mashable
  24. 24. Facebook = Red Meat
  25. 25. Do You Get Enough Vitamin E?72% 1. File income taxes online (e-file)65% 2. Check e-mail on 3 or + diff. accts.35% 3. Sell anything via e-commerce84% 4. Learn via e-Learning0% 5. None of the above
  26. 26. Which of these devices do you have?75% 1. Smartphone80% 2. Tablet (iPad or similar)36% 3. e-Reader (not #2 above)70% 4. mp3 player (iPod or similar)2% 5. None of the above
  27. 27. The most wired are311.36 Google307.5 Female, < 45 yrs.286.93 Basketball Team Scores284.77 Baseball272.95 Apple265.9 Male, 45 + yrs.257.5 Female, 45 + yrs.253.41 Microsoft250 Male, < 45 yrs.250 Hockey
  28. 28. Nowthis...
  29. 29. Who said this?“I dont necessarily agree with everything I say.”
  30. 30. Speaking ofTwitter …….
  31. 31. Twitter is Stupid!!!44% 1. Twue56% 2. False
  32. 32. They Called Me Stupid!80 Female, < 45 yrs.62.5 Hockey50 Apple Team Scores45 Microsoft44.44 Female, 45 + yrs.37.5 Basketball36.36 Baseball36.36 Google33.33 Male, 45 + yrs.0 Male, < 45 yrs.
  33. 33. Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebookmakes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
  34. 34. If no one tweets about it… did it really happen?
  35. 35. How many peopleare in this room?
  36. 36. Networked Learning• It’s all about connections.• I learn more every day from my Twitter network than I ever did in school.• (Blasphemy, I know)
  37. 37. Nowthis...
  38. 38. Who said this?“I wouldnt have seen it if I hadnt believed it.”
  39. 39. Nowthis...
  40. 40. Neil Postman• Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business• Published 1985
  41. 41. 1985How about a memoryrefresher about what theworld was like in 1985?
  42. 42. World LeadersUSSRUSA
  43. 43. Who lost toReagan in ’84?
  44. 44. Television Name the top-rated television shows in 1985
  45. 45. Television Name the mostpopular televangelists in 1985
  46. 46. Television Name the news anchors for the“Big 3” networks
  47. 47. ABC CBS NBC
  48. 48. Marketing Tagline forAmerican ExpressTravelers Checks
  49. 49. Technology in 1985How old was the Macintosh computer?
  50. 50. Postman Didn’t Mind This Kind of Stuff….
  51. 51. Of course he died before he saw this
  52. 52. So what was his beef with television?
  53. 53. In a NutshellPostman argued thatserious discourse wasbeing reduced to mereentertainment.
  54. 54. In a NutshellMost troubling was thenon-serious nature ofnews, politics, religion,and education (whentelevised).
  55. 55. In a NutshellPg. 87 - The problemP. 24 – sillier by the minuteP. 107 – Disinformation
  56. 56. Pages 159-60• We would all be better off if television got worse, not better.• The A-Team and Cheers are no threat to our public health.• 60 Minutes, Eye-Witness News and Sesame Street are.
  57. 57. Amusing Ourselves to Death• Many of the remarks he made about television can be made today about computers and social networking
  58. 58. Which of these books have you read?26% 1. 198412% 2. Brave New World40% 3. Both of them36% 4. Neither of them
  59. 59. Amusing Ourselves to DeathForeword
  60. 60. Graphics by Stuart McMillen
  61. 61. To the videos
  62. 62. Graphics by Stuart McMillen• All words from “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” by Neil Postman … a book about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
  63. 63. What about the Internet age?• Postman’s opinion of the Internet was much the same as his opinion of television.
  64. 64. What about the Internet age?• One of Postman’s biggest complaints about television was its one-way communication. No rebuttals.• Web 1.0 was just another one-way distraction device, very TV-like.
  65. 65. If Postman were still alive …• However, Web 2.0 (and after) goes beyond amusement by bringing people together and encouraging creativity.• Online communication possibilities solve some of Postman’s concerns.
  66. 66. Related Questions• How does the use of emerging technologies add value to the educational process?
  67. 67. Related Questions• If we aren’t adding value, are we simply trying to amuse ourselves?
  68. 68. Skills Taught in Education20th Century Literacy Skills The “forum”
  69. 69. Nowthis...
  70. 70. Name this Dude? Mookie!!
  71. 71. Let’s get MOOC-Y76% 1. You can define “MOOC”31% 2. You’ve signed up for a MOOC7% 3. You’ve completed a MOOC26% 4. Hope to have your own MOOC someday19% 5. None of the above
  72. 72. Most MOOC-Y50 Male, < 45 yrs.47.73 Baseball40 Google Team Scores37.5 Apple35 Female, 45 + yrs.32.81 Male, 45 + yrs.31.82 Microsoft30.88 Basketball30.56 Female, < 45 yrs.21.88 Hockey
  73. 73. MOO
  74. 74. MOOC
  75. 75. MOOC• cMOOC: –Siemens/Downes/etc. “Connectivism” Fall 2008, and more recent offerings –Groom/UMW “DS106” Digital Storytelling
  76. 76. MOOC• xMOOC: –Coursera – for-profit –Udacity – for-profit –edX – not-for-profit –Udemy – both
  77. 77. Are MOOCsDisruptive?
  78. 78. Are These Things Disruptive?• 7% Completion rate (Coursera Software Engineering – 2/12)• No interaction with faculty• Impersonal feedback via auto-grading• No technical support• An acronym that means anything you want it to
  79. 79. Is This Disruptive?At Stanford, “I normally teach 400 students.”In the MOOC, he “taught” 100,000 students.
  80. 80. Is This Disruptive?
  81. 81. Hey Barry, what’s the significance of ↓ Now this... (pg. 99)
  82. 82. Who said this?“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
  83. 83. Nowthis...
  84. 84. Is this Innovation or Insanity?Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft CC Flickr photo by glenn.batuyong
  85. 85. Is this Innovation or Insanity?History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero CC Flickr photo By 5th Ape
  86. 86. Take your pick76% 1. Innovation24% 2. Insanity
  87. 87. Who said insanity?50 Male, 45 + yrs.42.86 Hockey36.36 Apple Team Scores25 Microsoft18.75 Basketball18.18 Baseball10 Female, < 45 yrs.10 Google0 Female, 45 + yrs.0 Male, < 45 yrs.
  88. 88. Who said this?“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”
  89. 89. Tool Example #1FaceTimeFacelift?
  90. 90. Tool Example #2 – The Internet• The Internet and the billions of devices connected to it – most powerful tool on earth (ever) The Global Mind
  91. 91. In 60 secondsSource: bit.ly/every60seconds
  92. 92. Exponential Growth
  93. 93. Exponential Growth of Global Mind By 2020… Over 50B devices
  94. 94. Exponential Growth of Mobile Access Next 5 years… 56-fold increase in mobile-only Internet users
  95. 95. Exponential GrowthWhy do we thinkeducation is immunefrom this?
  96. 96. Nowthis...
  97. 97. Cell phone cheating?
  98. 98. Cheat with Siri?
  99. 99. “Never memorize what you can look up on your smart phone.”22% 1. Bill Gates22% 2. Arne Duncan0% 3. Albert Einstein56% 4. Steve Jobs
  100. 100. Actually… Einstein said… “Never memorize what you can look up in books.” Source: wikiquote.org
  101. 101. Reality or Myth? By using technology, students cheat more now than ever48% 1. Reality53% 2. Myth
  102. 102. What about the other side of that ?
  103. 103. Reality or Myth? By using technology, educators can catch cheaters more easily83% 1. Reality18% 2. Myth
  104. 104. Who said this?“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”
  105. 105. Who said this?“The medium isthe message”
  106. 106. Marshall McLuhan
  107. 107. Are We AmusingOurselves to Death?Final word from Postman?

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