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  • [twitter]We are using 150 Turning Point clickers today, graciously provided by Turning Technologies.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Quote: “Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.”[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Quote: “I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”[/twitter]
  • [twitter]How many millions of people are in this room right now? How many people can we reach through our networks?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]I highly recommend the book Brain Rules by John Medina. I suggest you buy the book, not the audio book – you’ll see why.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Another highly recommended book is Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (and the follow-up, The Upside of Irrationality).[/twitter]
  • [twitter]We’lluse Lindt Truffles and Hershey Kisses to demonstrate the power of free – via Dan Ariely.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Quote: “I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.” (Get it? It’s about seeing what you expect or hope to see.)[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Orwell feared the book banners. Huxley feared that there would be no reason to ban books, no one would want to read them.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Orwell feared we would be deprived of information. Huxley feared we would have too much information, becoming passive & egoistic[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Orwell feared the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Huxley quote: Those opposed to tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”[/twitter]
  • [twitter]In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.[/twitter]
  • [twitter] Graphics by Stuart McMillen, with permission.[/twitter]
  • [twitter] “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman … a book about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.[/twitter]
  • [twitter] “Amusing Ourselves to Death” highly recommended – here’s a link to purchase for under $10 [/twitter]
  • [twitter]Full college courses taught completely within World of Warcraft or other video games. Innovation or Insanity?[/twitter]

Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? Presentation Transcript

  • Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?With a tip of the cap to Neil Postman
  • Barry Dahl dot com
  • Clicker Time• Grab your clicker• First, some demographics. View slide
  • Gender & Life Experience 45%1. Female, < 40 yrs. 35%2. Female, 40 + yrs.3. Male, < 40 yrs. 10% 10%4. Male, 40 + yrs. .. ... . . s. . s. . y. +y yr yr 40 40 40 + < 0 e, e, ,4 ,< al al ale ale m m M M Fe Fe View slide
  • New Technology Adoption 50%1.The Keen 45%2.The Masses3.The Stubborn 5% s en n se or Ke as bb M e u Th e St Th e Th
  • Take your Pick 65%1. Cubs 35%2. Sox bs x So Cu
  • Faculty Perspective• For the next two clicker statements –• Put on your faculty hat, regardless of whether you actually have one
  • Entertaining Students is NOT my Job43% 1. Fact57% 2. Whack
  • Engaging Students is NOT my Job4% 1. Fact96% 2. Whack
  • Not this kind of entertainment
  • A Tupperware (or Bridge) Party
  • Who said this?“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesnt know the first thing about either.”
  • Nowthis...
  • Which of the following describe you?61% 1. Bought 3+ things online last month83% 2. Use online banking services96% 3. Have Wi-Fi in your house26% 4. You have 5+ cloud documents48% 5. You can define the term “Web 2.0”0% 6. None of the above are true
  • What is Web 2.0?
  • Select each site where you have an account.70% 1. Facebook30% 2. Twitter48% 3. LinkedIn30% 4. Google Plus57% 5. You Tube13% 6. None of the above
  • Which of these devices do you have?61% 1. Smartphone57% 2. Tablet (iPad or similar)22% 3. e-Reader (not #2 above)96% 4. Laptop computer74% 5. mp3 player4% 6. None of the above
  • The most wired are198.18 The Keen188.89 Female, 40 + yrs. Team Scores186.67 Sox170 Male, < 40 yrs.168.57 Male, 40 + yrs.146 The Masses140 The Stubborn110 Female, < 40 yrs.
  • Nowthis...
  • e-Learning Alphabet A Z
  • e-Learning AlphabetE-Learning Atheists E-Learning Zealots My images: rights reserved
  • The e-Learning BattleE-Learning Atheists • These are the naysayers. • They are the non- believers when it comes to online learning. • In fact, they’re pretty sure that it’s the DEVIL. 23
  • Sample Atheist CommentOnline education is fake-education. It is not "real". Convenient? Yes. Profitable? Yes.Popular with students who mostly justwant a "degree"? Yes.And it is garbage in the end. Source: 24
  • e-Atheists Viewpoints1. Online students are missing the “true” college experience.2. Online students are lonely.3. Online students can’t possibly learn as much.4. Online students are being ripped off.
  • The e-Learning Battle• The Zealots are those that tout the benefits of online learning without having any evidence to back it up.• Zealots begin many of their sentences with “one time there was this one student …” E-Learning Zealots 26
  • Sample Zealot Comment• And here we are, in 2011, fer cryin‘aloud, with dodgy naysayers STILL kicking and screaming and throwing fits in regards (sic) to online teaching and learning. Get over it, already – the days of having students seated around your flowing toga in utter awe of your knowledge and acumen are LONG GONE. Welcome to the present. Source: 27
  • A to Z Continuum0 3 7 10
  • Your Spot from A to Z0% A. 023% B. 364% C. 714% D. 10
  • Who said this?“I dont necessarily agree with everything I say.”
  • Nowthis...
  • Speaking ofTwitter …….
  • Twitter is Stupid!!!68% 1. Twue32% 2. False
  • Twue Enough100 Male, < 40 yrs.100 The Stubborn70 Team Scores The Keen70 The Masses66.67 Female, 40 + yrs.66.67 Male, 40 + yrs.60 Sox50 Female, < 40 yrs.
  • Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebookmakes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
  • Networked Learning• Don’t Buy the Book!• Absorb the concept.• I learn more every day from my Twitter network than I ever did in school.• (Blasphemy, I know)
  • Nowthis...
  • Some people are great multi-taskers
  • Multi-tasking is a Myth• Great Book• Brain Rules, by Dr. John Medina
  • Multi-taskingTask SwitchingMulti-distracting
  • More Brain Rules71% 1. Male & female brains work differently67% 2. A memory can be “made” very quickly52% 3. Brain works better w/the body at rest62% 4. You learn while you sleep24% 5. None of the above are true
  • The Brainiest about Brains100 Male, < 40 yrs.100 The Stubborn Team Scores92.86 Female, 40 + yrs.83.33 The Keen55 Sox50 Male, 40 + yrs.50 The Masses
  • Nowthis...
  • Predictably Irrational • Why do we splurge on a lavish meal and cut coupons to save 25 cents on a can of soup? • What is behavioral economics and where all of these free lunches?
  • Chocolate Break• Lindt Truffle • Hershey Kiss
  • Which candy would you buy?65% 1. Lindt Truffle = 15¢35% 2. Hershey Kiss = 1¢
  • Who Wants a Kiss?50 Female, < 40 yrs.50 The Masses Team Scores45.45 Sox44.44 Female, 40 + yrs.42.86 Male, 40 + yrs.27.27 The Keen
  • The Power of Free15¢ Truffles, 1¢ Kisses 14¢ Truffles, Free Kisses 27% 69% 31%73%
  • Who said this?“I wouldnt have seen it if I hadnt believed it.”
  • Nowthis...
  • Neil Postman• Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business• Published 1985
  • 1985How about a memory refresherabout what the world was likein 1984-1985?
  • LeadersSoviet Union
  • Leaders Who lost toReagan in ’84?
  • Sports Who lost theWorld Series in 1984?
  • Television Name the top- rated televisionshows in 1984-85
  • Television Name the mostpopular televangelists in 1984-85
  • Television Name the news anchors for the“Big 3” networks
  • Marketing Tagline forAmerican ExpressTravelers Checks
  • TechnologyHow old was the Macintosh computer?
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death• Many of the remarks he made about television can be made today about computers and social networking Hey Barry! Read something!
  • Graphics by Stuart McMillen
  • Which of these books have you read?30% 1. 19840% 2. Brave New World39% 3. Both of them30% 4. Neither of them
  • 1 million on Facebook
  • To the videos
  • 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.
  • My Take on Postman• Web 1.0 was just another one-way distraction device, very TV-like.• However, Web 2.0 goes beyond amusement by bringing people together and encouraging creativity.
  • Related Questions• How does the use of emerging technologies add value?• If we aren’t adding value, are we simply trying to amuse ourselves?
  • Nowthis...
  • Encourage Creativity In any and all subjects
  • Example: 1st week intros in LMS• Why not throw away this tired, old assignment?• "Please post an introduction of yourself to the rest of the class on the discussion board."
  • Example: 1st week intros in LMS• Why not throw away • Hello!!!!!!!!!! My this tired, old name is Barry. I live in assignment? Superior with my beautiful wife. I have• "Please post an 2 ½ kids & 3 ½ dogs introduction of and I just can’t wait yourself to the rest to learn all about the of the class on the wonderful world of discussion board." accounting!!!!!!!!!
  • Example: 1st week introsMade for free at
  • Comic Strips can be Embedded in Discussions
  • Nowthis...
  • Writing papers isan important part of learning and of college life
  • But so is learning to use other modalities of expression
  • Consider whereDigital Storytellingmight fit into your curriculum
  • Digital Storytelling • Bryan Alexander
  • Hey Barry, what’s the significance of ↓ Now this...
  • Who said this?“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
  • Nowthis...
  • Is this Innovation or Insanity?Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft CC Flickr photo by glenn.batuyong
  • Is this Innovation or Insanity?History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero CC Flickr photo By 5th Ape
  • Take your pick84% 1.Innovation16% 2.Insanity
  • Who said insanity?50 Female, < 40 yrs.22.22 The Keen Team Scores20 Male, 40 + yrs.14.29 Female, 40 + yrs.12.5 The Masses10 Sox
  • How amusing is that?
  • Who said this?“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”
  • Nowthis...
  • How Well Do You Know Your Students? What do They Expect from Online Learning?
  • Option 1 - PSOL
  • 2009 PSOL – Summary StatementSo far, how has your college experience met your expectations? 7=Much better than expected Overall score6=Quite a bit better than I expected 5.0 5=Better than I expected 4=About what I expected 3=Worse than I expected2=Quite a bit worse than I expected 1=Much worse than expected 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
  • But seriously…
  • In so many words … they expect
  • EASY
  • SOLO
  • What is Web 2.0?
  • Nowthis...
  • Who said this?“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”
  • Who said this?“The medium isthe message”
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Are We AmusingOurselves to Death? And other book learnin’Final word from Postman?