When the media ask him [George W. Bush] a question, he answers, ‘Can I use a lifeline?’ ~ Robin Williams
2 media 1 : a medium of cultivation, conveyance, or expression; especially : MEDIUM 2b 1 me·di·um 2 : a means of effecting or conveying something: b plural usually media (1) : a channel or system of communication, information, or entertainment
What about Media?
Media are for communication
Therefore, technology applications in media extend our communication capabilities
In developing this site, we, the students of the Vancouver Film School-Multimedia , first had to define what the term media involved. It was our belief that the word itself implies the notion of communication. Therefore, anything that was once used to relay a message would be applicable.
The Dead Media Project http://student.vfs.com/~deadmedia/dedmedia.html
Is there a connection?
“ . . . some media do, in fact, perish. Such as: the phenakistoscope. The teleharmonium. The Edison wax cylinder. The stereopticon. The Panorama. Early 20th century electric searchlight spectacles. Morton Heilig's early virtual reality. Telefon Hirmondo. The various species of magic lantern. The pneumatic transfer tubes that once riddled the underground of Chicago. Was the Antikythera Device a medium? How about the Big Character Poster Democracy Wall in Peking in the early 80s?
Never heard of any of these? Well, that's the problem.
Bruce Sterling Dead Media Manifesto
Educational technology is
the application of technology in education
or, the application of devices that extend our capabilities in ways that enhance instruction
Thus, chalk and a blackboard, pen and paper, textbooks and the big ol’ pointer, they all are forms of educational technology!
What is Educational Technology?
A broad concept
An evolving concept
http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/ http://www.thocp.net/ http://www.computerhistory.org/ Computing History
http://www.pbs.org/opb/nerds2.0.1 / http://www.archive.org/ http://www.archive.org/web/web.php http://www.walthowe.com/navnet/history.html Internet History
Media in Schools
What are the applications of various types of media and technology in the classroom or the school library media center?
Applications of media & technology
Also assistive technology
Blogs and podcasts, oh my!
Blogs and podcasts are changing the way we interact with information on the Internet . . . These are part of a reinvention of the Internet, referred to as Web 2.0, which is focused on using Internet technologies to connect people and information.
While the idea as a whole extends into social bookmarking, collaborative development, and other tools, Web 2.0 is firmly rooted in the basic ideas of blogs.
Read Harris’s blog Infomancy Technology includes Web 2.0
Power of Anyone
Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, describes the coming of "mass amateurization" in the Power of One . He says the printing press was the first mass amateurization. Before the printing press, only scribes could read and write. After the printing press, it became common for everyone to read and write. Today we have the Internet and all the devices that are a part of it. Today information is no longer disseminated only by large media corporations. Anyone anywhere has the potential to disseminate information and opinion.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
The implications of web 2.0
From “ Myths and Opportunities ” video
“ One of the things I think is critical is, a kid needs to make a contribution . . . Well, what we did, I believe, over time—and the irony is, technology did this—because we invented all kinds of machinery, we don’t need kids working any more. And so, we’ve robbed them of their sense of making a contribution to community.”
“ I think one of the breakthrough ideas is to change the concept of the learner into some who becomes a contributor by doing their work. It means we have to redefine the work. That represents the shift of control from the teacher . . . to the network of children”
November on participation
Encourage children to be:
“ Students researching the kinds of assignments they would like to do, rather than the teacher coming up with the assignment.”